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.
Location map and local interesting places
- 3] Essex Street Steps
- 4] Tweezers Alley
- 5] Devereux Court
- 6] Hen and Chicken Court
- 7] Hare Place
- 8] Cheshire Court
- 9] Crane Court, EC4
- 10] Chichester Rents
- 11] Harp Alley
- 12] Church Entry, EC4