Everything you always wanted to know about phone boxes but were afraid to ask!
Have you always been curious to learn more about the fascinating story behind London’s iconic telephone boxes? Wondered which colour Sir Giles Gilbert Scott had in mind for his original K2 design? If you share our passion for history and architecture, this tour – K2 to K6: A History of the Telephone Box – might just be the right event for you then!
From humble beginnings to international fame, red telephone boxes have come a long way from their original purpose. Once a symbol of modernity and utilitarian design, these figures of London life have in the past decades been ‘rebranded’ and repurposed into satellite libraries, cash machines and even shower cubicles.
Originally conceived as a collaboration with ICR, this walk was launched during the London Festival of Architecture 2014. Featuring plenty of photo opportunities, we guarantee that by the end of the tour you will know how to tell K2s and K6s apart, or as most our visitors exclaim, 'I can't stop seeing telephone boxes everywhere!'.
For a little taster of the tour, check out the following blog features about the walk:
The meeting point for this guided walk is in the courtyard of Burlington House, the home of the Royal Academy of Arts, which is a 5 minutes walk away from Piccadilly Circus Station or Green Park Station. The tour will finish in Covent Garden near the Royal Opera House.
This walk is generally aimed at seasoned Londoners and tourists who share a passion for history. It can also be booked as a private tour for groups and individuals.
If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with me either via EventBrite or send me an email directly to: yannick.pucci[at]gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter (@ypldn) where I am always up for a chat too.
When & Where
Royal Academy of Arts Courtyard
An expat from Luxembourg, Yannick Pucci is an independent London tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. Constantly inspired by his adoptive city, Yannick is an engaging and enthusiastic storyteller and his walks were named as some of the ‘best London walking tours‘ by LastMinute.com.
Combining his love for architecture and history, Yannick’s ‘Art Deco’ tours explore the sophisticated glamour and severe functionality of 1920s and 1930s design. His popular 'Art Deco in Bloomsbury' tour made its debut during the Bloomsbury Festival 2013 and has been the subject of a Londonist Out Loud radio interview. While ‘Art Deco in the Strand’ explores posh hotels and towering office buildings, ‘Art Deco in the West End’, his latest offering in the series, takes a closer look at cinemas, garages and retail spaces.
Combining his love for sweet treats and history, Yannick has also branched out into food tasting tours. While ‘Macarons & Mews‘ explores the history of the (not so) humble macaron, ‘Piccadilly & Petit Fours‘, celebrates the foodie heritage of St. James's and Mayfair. His latest offering in this series, ‘Matcha Green Tea‘, investigates Japanese powdered green tea in Soho and Fitzrovia.
For the past six years Yannick has also been volunteering at the British Museum where he has been facilitating object handling and delivering tours ever since, including the Japan eyeOpener Tour, the Highlights Tour and the WCEC 'Behind the Scenes' Conservation Tour. His team-building efforts have been highly commended in the Renaissance London Volunteers Awards 2011, in the category 'Going the Extra Mile'.
In addition to running his own tours publicly and privately, Yannick has developed and led walks for the London Festival of Architecture, Open Garden Squares Weekend as well as for the Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts.