On the Embankment near Blackfriars is a normal looking phone box with a most delightful stained glass addition.

It appeared sometime earlier this year, and no one really seems to know who put it there or why — other than to cause moments of technicolour delights to people who notice.

One lady stopped as I was taking photos and commented that she assumed I was a random tourist and then spotted the additional delight to be found. She cycles past every day and hadn’t noticed it before.

In the design of a medieval knight — possibly relating to the Knights Templar who used to have their London headquarters nearby — it’s also not a cheap plastic insert but a fully formed piece of heavy stained glass.

Proper lead strips and heavy decorated glass.

It’s utterly stunning, and in a way the mystery of its origin only adds to the delight of stumbling upon it.

I’ve checked all my usual sources, and also contacted BT for a comment. They have no idea where it came from either, other than to say it’s not been commissioned — or approved — by BT. That last bit might suggest that they will come along and remove it at some point.

It’s a mystery as to how it came to be here. But what a wonderful mystery.

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4 comments on “A stained glass phone box has appeared on Embankment
  1. Marauder says:

    Does it work?

  2. JP says:

    Sir Gawain looks a little dazed and somewhat confused himself.
    I fully expected there to be an explanation of why and by whom; so it was a pleasant surprise that we’re all dumbfounded.
    Bit of a weight to manœuver into place in the wee small hours by your unknown artist and sponsor. Perhaps Banksy had gone mediæval on us.

  3. Margaret Ormonde says:

    We were wondering if it was the same prankster who installed a fake postbox on Sonning Bridge, 40 miles upstream in 2013. It was very realistic, but again no-one knew how it was put there or by whom. Removed by the authorities after a few months. I do have a photo, but can’t upload here.

  4. Duncan Comrie says:

    An attractive piece of guerilla intervention art and suggestive of at least one alternative use for a K2 cast iron phone box. Their original use as a pay phone container is rapidly coming to an end, yet this fine old public servant and classic example of design, and made in Scotland engineering, is now such a feature of London. The question is how can they be regenerated?

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