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Saturday, August 31, 2013

British Telephone Boxes

The distinctive, red, British, public telephone box is another icon of the UK's streets to rank alongside the postal pillar box.

British Telephone Boxes, London, UK

With the advent of the mobile phone, the number of public phone kiosks in Britain is diminishing and many are just empty shells with no phone inside.

The first public phone box appeared in the UK in 1920 but it was not until 1924 that the first red kiosk (K2) appeared.

British Telephone Boxes, Hyde Park, London, UK


The architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) won a competition to design the new kiosk but it was the later K6 version in cast iron that was to become widespread across the UK from the 1930s, incorporating the royal crown in the roof section.

From 2000 onwards a more utilitarian BT Telecom steel and glass design began to replace the K6.

British Telephone Boxes, London, UK


K6 boxes can still be seen in Malta, Bermuda and Gibraltar as well as scattered around the globe as art objects.

Some phone boxes were early internet stations and some remain wireless hotspots.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London was opened by the collector Charles Saatchi in 1985 to display his superb collection of contemporary art to the public.

Saatchi's collection is now housed in Chelsea in part of the 19th century Duke of York's Headquarters. The original Saatchi collection began in St John's Wood before moving to the County Hall on the South Bank before relocating to its present site in 2008.

Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, UK

The Saatchi Gallery has a reputation for exhibiting unknown or little-known artists and is at the forefront of the contemporary art scene in the UK. Many of the artists shown at the Saatchi gallery go on to enjoy international fame.

The Saatchi Gallery includes a shop and the recommended Gallery Mess restaurant and bar.

Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London, UK


Saatchi Gallery
Duke Of York's HQ
King's Rd
London
SW3 4RY
Hours: Daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Tel: 020 7811 3070
Admission: Free

The nearest tube station to the Saatchi Gallery is Sloane Square on the District & Circle Line. Convenient buses include the 11, 19, 22, 49, 211, 319 on King's Road or the 137 on Lower Sloane Street.

Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London


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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Market Bar/Restaurant in Bath

Market is a bar/restaurant in central Bath. Chief among its attractions in good weather is outdoor seating for over 100  people. The second floor dining area is an attractive option on those wetter days. Market serves a wide variety of international wine and beer as well as a food menu which changes seasonally.

market bar restaurant Bath

Among the ales/beers served at Market, the Belgian draught Palm (see below) is delicious but a bit pricey at ₤4.75 for a pint.

Palm Belgian ale at the Market, Bath

One of the most popular dishes at Market is the Classic Burger with meat options which include the veggie burger pictured below.

Veggie Burger at Market Bar, Bath

Market is located across from the Royal Theatre in central Bath. Visitors to Bath may also want to visit Bath Abbey or the Roman Baths.

Access

Sawclose
Bath
BA1 1EY
Tel: 01225 330009

Map of Market

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