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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
It's For You-Who
The only K2 telephone box left in London
Location: Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
Description: In 1924 a competition was launched to design a telephone kiosk.
There was already one in use (K1) but it was made of concrete and used outside London.
The Fine Arts Commission chose the design of Giles Gilbert Scott. It was the classic design with a domed top and was made of wood.
Scott suggested a silver colour with a blue/green interior but this was altered thus...The colour was changed to red to make it easier to see. It was made of cast iron instead of wood and the interior was changed to black.
This was designated as K2 and only used in London. There is only one left and its in the entrance arch to the Royal Academy exactly where it was placed years ago.
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012