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The tradition of night markets in Hong Kong reaches back to the days when the region first became a major trading centre.  The days were hot, and with no air conditioning back then, the best time to go shopping was in the evening.  Night markets were located throughout Hong Kong though over time and re-development schemes the markets disappeared one by one.

Temple Street Night Market is the last remaining example of a traditional Hong Kong night market.  It has been a fixture of the Jordan/Yau Ma Tei District since the 1920’s and perhaps even before.  The market takes its name from the nearby Tin Hau Temple and you may have seen it as a backdrop in a number of movies.

People visit to buy inexpensive goods from bags, fashions and accessories, or jewellery, trinkets, electronics and gadgets.  Plentiful delicious street foods tease any passerby whether its a feast of snacks, noodles or congee that is all served well into the wee hours.

The market is a popular place for visitors and locals alike to congregate in the evenings.  Various forms of entertainment are common while you meander up and down the buzzing street.  Expect to find mystic fortunetellers or tarot card readers from whom you can receive glimpses into your future.  There is a long tradition of fortune telling in and around temples tho’ the fortunetellers are not located inside the market.

The fortunetellers and tarot card readers are closer to the Temple itself as they have always been.  Simply walk along Temple Street Night Market northwards, go past Yau Ma Tei Library until you reach the Temple gardens. 

A variety of methods are used including the examination of hands or ears and the use of Chinese astrology.  Be sure your fortuneteller knows sufficient English or you may leave a bit confused.  Personally, I find Eastern philosophies fascinating so I’d go just to satisfy my curiosity.

After you know your good fortune continue up the road and turn right into an area where the opera singer tents are located.  In the tents, you’ll find opera singers who perform Cantonese Opera.  If you’re unfamiliar, Cantonese Opera is a unique singing style with its own music genre which is different than what you and I know.

Amateur singers come together to practice and perform in order to encourage one another and develop their craft.  You’ll find amateurs from all skill levels, from professional quality to beginners.  It’s said that a few singers from Temple Street have gone on to professional careers in Opera Houses.  You can listen to the opera singers from 8:30 pm until 11 pm most nights except Wednesdays.

Hong Kong is the epitome of a modern metropolis.  Hidden away in Temple Street you’ll find a thriving cross-section of traditional and modern Hong Kong culture, cuisine, commerce and society that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.  Temple Street Night Market is an enduring example of theatre and festivity of a traditional Chinese market.  And, it’s on show nightly.

Gallery of Photos of Temple Street Night Market

 
Where Is Temple Street Night Market?
Temple Street Night Market GPS Coordinates ::  22°18’21.20″ N 114°10’11.53″ E 
MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane; or, 
MTR Jordan Station, Exit A. Turn right onto Jordan Road and then take another right onto Temple Street.

Map Showing the Location of Temple Street Night Market

 
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Historically, St Dunstan-in-the-East is a reminder of the frightful London Blitz carried out by the German’s during World War II. Ironically, the church survived the devastating Great Fire of London in 1666 but succumbed to an air raid in 1941.  A bomb directly hit the small church destroying the structure except for the north and south walls as well as the steeple designed by London’s famed architect, Sir Christopher Wren.

Today, St Dunstan in the East is a re-purposed ruin.  Instead of the site being razed, the church remained in ruins until 1967 when the City of London Corporation voted to turn the bombed-out remains of the church into a public garden.  

St Dunstan in the East is tucked away on a side street between the Monument to the Great Fire of London and the Tower of London. I found the church garden simply by exploring the streets one day ten years ago.  The notion that such a serene place could exist amongst cold contemporary office buildings fascinated me.  It’s entirely unexpected.  

St Dunstan in the East is like a little oasis in the City of London.  When I shared with my friends what I had found hidden away off Lower Thames Street, no one knew what I was talking about.  At the time, I referred to the church ruin garden as a secret place in London.  In typical fashion, many bloggers today place St Dunstan in the East as number one on their lists of secret places in London you must discover.

 I like to refer to St Dunstan as a London garden retreat instead of a secret.  The gardens consist of overgrown trees, ivy clinging to the walls and flowering vines creeping along the ruined arches.  Benches are dotted around the former interior of the church for visitors to enjoy a moment of quiet or to have a spot of lunch.  At high noon you’ll find numerous office workers from the area enjoying their lunch or simply taking a break.  I visit with my camera even today as the garden is still endearing.

What strikes me most about the space is the calmness and serenity felt in the garden.  The usual city noise seems to disappear once you step into the confines of the old church.   There might be a bit of magic at St Dunstan in the East.  I’ve noticed on more than one occasion how hectic London sounds disappear despite the structure being open air.

Life does indeed go on after tumultuous times like the Blitz.  And, whether St Dunstan in the East is a secret or not, it should be atop your list when you explore London.

 
Where is St Dunstan In The East?
GPS Coordinates of St Dunstan In The East ::  51.5096° N, 0.0825° W

Map Showing the Location of St Dunstan In The East

A relatively new way to explore Hong Kong arrived at the Hong Kong TramOramic tour.  With the purchase of a ‘Golden Ticket’, you’ll have two days to get the most out of your purchase.   And, though the tour is included in its name, don’t expect a tour guide.  Be prepared to conveniently travel through the bustling city and hop off at various points to explore on your own.

The stylish trams are reminiscent of those used in the 1920’s and a brilliant way to discover Hong Kong without the frustration of getting lost.  The historical trams are open-top so you can clearly see major landmarks along the tram network and learn about daily life in the city.  The TramOramic tour is an hour long though with the purchase of the Golden Ticket you have two days to also use the regular Hong Kong Tramway network to explore Hong Kong on your own.

Listen to the sounds heard while riding  Hong Kong’s Tram ::

Tramoramic Golden Ticket (Images)

 The hour-long tour itself begins at one of two starting points.  I used the Western Market Terminus as it is convenient to Conrad Hong Kong.  The other terminal is Causeway Bay Terminus.  (See the route maps below).

Tramoramic Tour Route Map (Eastbound)
Tramoramic Tour Route Map (Westbound)

Simply hop on board the 1920’s vintage double-decker tram for an enlightening journey where you’ll see sights such as Statue Square, Macau Ferry Pier, Tak Wing Pawnshop or Man Wa Lane.  You’ll also see important Hong Kong landmarks like the Bank of China Building, the Supreme Court, Times Square, Lippo Centre and Tai Yau Plaza.  You’ll even pass by Happy Valley Race Course and Jockey Club as well as Happy Valley Cemeteries.

You’ll hear pre-recorded commentary along the way which points out the various sights along the journey from one terminus to the other.  Do know there is an onboard ‘host’ to answer any questions you may have.

The beauty of the Hong Kong Tramoramic Tour is you can use it as hop-on-hop-off transportation to see sights on your list of Hong Kong things to do or even have lunch.  Hong Kong Tramways provides suggested sights to see, which I’ve included below.  Feel free to download the guides to create your own enjoyable experience.

Download the Hong Kong Tramways Colonial Tour Guide

Download the Hong Kong Tramways Heritage Tour Guide

Download the Hong Kong Tramways Art Tour Guide

Download the Hong Kong Tramways Foodie Tour Guide

Download the Hong Kong Tramways Shopping Tour Guide

Quite honestly, I was reluctant to buy a Golden Ticket for the ‘tour’ simply because I avoid structured tours.  I’m pleased I did because this service provides an easy way to explore Hong Kong at your own pace and allows for you to explore on your own.  No one is herding you on and off a tram, nor is anyone rushing you.  I like to take a travel experience as it comes and the Hong Kong TramOramic is fully flexible to allow that.

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During the day, London seems short to me.  Have you noticed?  Maybe the grey skies make the city look like your short plump uncle or aunt. I can’t quite put my finger on why I feel this way.  But, on a clear day when the skies are ocean blue, I’m still underwhelmed by the majestic city that melds together and doesn’t look so grand.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love London at any time during a twenty-four hour period, and even 363 days a year.  I reserve two days to loathe the city, especially when I need to walk Oxford Street. 

There is an infectious energy in the capital city, no doubt. London is busiest during the day.  Hordes of people casually mill about or rush from here to there. Some people are wandering tourists who can sometimes be annoying; others are quasi-Londoners who feverishly commute in and out of the city for work.  Then there are the actual residents who take the city in stride and at their own pace.  Did you know London’s population swells nearly 60% during the day and decreases after working hours?  It’s true.  It’s also true since the financial crisis, people’s patience waned and gentle manners fell by the wayside.  There is stress and it shows.

I remember years ago walking out onto the street only to get a whiff of diesel fumes.  The pungent aroma was unmistakable and most noticeable after I’d been away from the capital for an extended period of time.  I often felt like PigPen from the Peanuts cartoon as if there was a cloud constantly hovering around me.  London’s air has improved since the fume days though it still has a long way to go.

Traffic is still an issue throughout the day.  No matter how much of London is pedestrianised, snarled traffic only seems to get worse. I used to take black cabs because they were quick and convenient.  Overzealous street traffic changed my habit.   And down below, commuters pack like tight cello wrapped McVitie’s for long stretches of time.  Crowded Underground trains are not reserved for rush hours anymore.  London Underground carries up to five million passenger journeys per day.  The annual passenger numbers per year are 1.37 billion people.  Let that sink in.  What a remarkable operation London Underground is, but I tend to pass on public transportation.

These days I prefer to walk no matter how far I need to travel.  I’ve got the calves to prove it.  The exercise is agreeable to me in any London weather, dreary or not. Walking allows me to learn how London is connected, and it’s seldom I’m lost unless a gradual curve takes me west instead of east.  The truth is a former taxi driver taught me how to navigate Central London.  His voice is always in my head when I explore.

I’ll often plan my walk to avoid high traffic areas during the day.  Luckily, I don’t participate in the daily grind, so I discover London at my leisure and whatever peaks my curiosity any given day.  I’ll explore unfamiliar neighbourhoods, gardens, art and photography galleries or find a new place for lunch.  Jermyn Street and St James’s is always a favourite for this gentleman.  

I’ve also been known to view a historical photography exhibition then retrace the steps of the photographer.  My mind drifts as if I’m in a time machine imagining the sights, sounds and smells from another era. Discovering London by way of the past is enlightening, not to mention the activity makes me grow fonder of the capital city.  I think those who came before us were wiser and more aware that we are today.

​​ Sometimes I’ll venture into the crowds at Trafalgar Square just to take in everything around me.  Admiral Lord Nelson’s statue seems tall, but maybe it’s because he’s standing alone on his imposing column.  Perhaps London seems short to me because the buildings are so tightly packed together nothing’s set apart from the others.  Almost every structure is the same height so there’s nothing to impress.  In that, there is a bit of respect I have for London.  90 story buildings aren’t needed to make London spectacular, it’s all of the diverse bits and pieces spread throughout the landscape that make her special. 

I’m still pondering height, though people watching in Trafalgar Square is enjoyable.  All sorts of people pass through at any given moment. The pigeons are gone thank goodness.  There are imaginative buskers entertaining the crowds.  Buses swirl around the square in sync and a piercing sound of sirens is a given throughout the day.  

From Trafalgar Square, you can see firsthand that London is always on the move. The commotion is exciting and makes you feel alive.  Even if you’re alone in the city, you’re never really alone even if you’re not engaged in conversation with a companion.  If you want to have a congenial conversation with yourself, it’s ok because you’re in London.  Sometimes moments are more meaningful when you’re brave enough to talk about it.

Despite the swarms of daytime Londoners and tourists, I love popping into the National Gallery.  I’ll weave my way through the admirers of Impressionist art for a brief glimpse of Monet, Renoir or Van Gogh.  A savvy wink is all I need to satisfy my desire for calm colours meshed together to resemble a familiar scene I know.  The language of colour jumps from the paintings to convince me there are harmony and balance in the gallery room despite being bumped into numerous times.  This reminds me; I very much enjoy Seurat as well.  Dot. Dot. Dot.  Georges Seurat. Bathers at Asnières is one of my favourite post-impressionist paintings at the National Gallery.

The earlier the art periods, the fewer people there are to negotiate in the galleries, and the calmer the National Gallery becomes. Why is that?   I always find myself in awe of Peter Paul Rubens painting of the biblical story, ‘Samson and Delilah’ with few others around. I admire the painting for an hour undisturbed.  The storytelling, use of colour, light and textures Peter Paul Reuben utilized for this masterpiece never cease to amaze me.  Viewing the painting is a calm moment for me.   If you’ve seen the painting and think it’s the perfect size to hang over a fireplace, you’re right.  ‘Samson and Delilah’ was created to specifically to hang above a fireplace in the house of the mayor of Antwerp.

Peter Paul Rubens, 1577 – 1640
Samson and Delilah
about 1609-10
Oil on wood, 185 x 205 cm
Bought, 1980
NG6461
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/NG6461

The National Gallery hosts a series of talks about various paintings in their collection throughout the year.  You can learn more about Peter Paul Rubens painting of ‘Samson and Delilah’ in the video below.

There is much, much more to discover in London despite my perception of her being short.  It’s safe to say there is more happening in a small corner of London on any given day than most cities around the world have in a year.  London may lack height but the city is wide and deep.  I’ve visited enough cities on all the continents to certifiably make the statement.

I always think of London in the daytime as a time to learn.  The city is like one massive open book full of knowledge that it’s willing to share. Choose your interest, prepare to use your imagination in overdrive, then trundle the streets until your curiosity is satisfied. There are layers of London.  Once you uncover one layer, you discover there’s another layer with even more splendid adventures waiting for you.  And, another layer after the first two with other layers after that.

You know the line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, ‘If’ – “Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it…”?  The same is true of London except you may need to pay an entrance fee at most places.

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For roughly 12 USD or 95 Hong Kong Dollars, Star Ferry’s Harbour Tour is a real sightseeing bargain.  More importantly, Star Ferry offers splendid views of Hong Kong you can’t see otherwise.   There are few sight-seeing activities I’ll partake in these days, but this ferry is worth breaking my rule.  A ride on the water is especially nice when there is a golden sunset ready to glisten on the harbour’s waters.

Star Ferry itself is a beloved Hong Kong icon.  Until 1978 Star Ferry was the only way to cross between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.  It shuttled Hong Kong residents for over 120 years until the Cross-Harbour Tunnel opened.  How remarkable the ferry runs as a means of transportation even today.

The harbour tour is an excellent choice for touring Victoria Harbour in roughly an hour.  National Geographic Traveller names crossing Victoria Harbour as one of the “fifty places of a lifetime.”  NG Traveller is enthusiastic it seems, though I’d agree if you should add a ride on the water to your list of things to do in Hong Kong at least once.

You’ll board the tour at Tsim She Tsui Star Ferry Pier at the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula.  A stately double-decker “Shining Star” replica from the 1920’s version awaits you.  Do beware of over-exuberant Australians who are willing to fist fight over the front seats. Thank goodness this gentleman wasn’t involved, though I did witness such sordid behaviour in disbelief.

That said, choose your space, sit back and relax.  Enjoy the glorious Hong Kong views and wonder how the high rises piece together in such neatly packed developments.  I chose to stay on deck for most of the journey with my GoPro attached to the bow of the boat.  You can view sights from the Star Ferry Harbour Tour in the video above.

Star Ferry also offers a night tour and a Symphony of Lights Tour for a higher price, though still affordable for any traveller.

Gallery of Photos from Star Ferry Harbour Tour

Star Ferry’s Harbour Tour Route Map

Star Ferry Timetable

Where Is Tsim Sh Tsui Star Ferry Pier?
GPS Coordinates of Star Ferry Pier ::  22.2938° N, 114.1687° E

Map Showing Location of Tsim Sh Tsui Star Ferry Pier

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Whether you’re a visitor to London or a local, add Hatchards as one of the places you must visit.  The shop’s handsome wooden facade painted in rich pine forest green evokes a warm welcoming feeling.  The soft light glow seeping onto the pavement from ageless paned windows remind you that the shop is part of history.  When a breeze blows, the hanging Hatchards’ sign above the windows gently sways almost as a gesture to lure you inside.  And, if you in Piccadilly Street during off-peak hours, you can hear a slight high-pitched screech as the sign’s metal fixings rub together.

Hatchards has been a landmark on one of the most famous streets in London, Piccadilly, since Georgian times, occupying the current building, number 187, for over two hundred years.  Needless to say, Hatchards is the oldest bookshop in England.  The shop founded in 1797 by John Hatchard.  It began a block away and moved to its current location in 1801 next to Fortnum and Mason.

Hatchards changed ownership only four times during its history, with Waterstones being the current owner.

So much of Central London is under re-development.  The comfortable and familiar are swept away for shinier and less original models.  This isn’t true of Hatchards.  Step inside and the spiralling staircase with Mr John Hatchard’s portrait tell you straight away you’re in for an authentic book experience even if the books are contemporary.

The layout of the shop, while orderly, is tight.  If the shop is busy, expect to navigate through the store like a maze.  Carefully step as if you don’t know where the next turn takes you.  You won’t get lost, but there is little room to manoeuvre.  The beauty is you can find a book treasure around every corner.  There is not a space along the walls without a book display.  Be sure to have a list of books on your wish list or you could easily be convinced you need more.

I especially love the books that have been signed by the authors.  Hatchards displays a vast array of signed copies beautifully directly opposite the main door.  You’ll find lesser-known authors and names like Peter Ackroyd or Phillip Pullman.  There is something quite special about opening a book and seeing an author’s handwriting firsthand – even if you don’t make a purchase.

Make your way up the spiral staircase.  The upper floors are wooden.  With certain steps, you’ll hear a creak as the wood gives way to your weight.  You won’t crash to the floor below I assure you.  Every time I’m in the shop I’m reminded of my grandmother’s home and remember as a child I’d find the creaky spots and repeatedly fill the room with a rhythm of a wood symphony.  No two sounds are the same.

The truth is you’ll find almost every book in Hatchards at a large chain bookstore or even online.  The difference is character and history.  The experience of visiting Hatchards bookshop makes it worth going the extra steps to number 187 Piccadilly Street.

After your visit, walk next door to Fortnum and Mason for tea or a spot of lunch.  What could be more romantic or gentlemanly than reading your book while rewarding yourself with treats?

Where is Hatchards Bookshop in Piccadilly?
187 Piccadilly   London   W1J 9LE

Map Showing the Location of Hatchards Bookshop::

Macau is often referred to as the “Las Vegas of the East”, though the truth is Macau is the gambling capital of the world. Macau is a modern city with a unique old-world charm and a rich heritage of Chinese and Portuguese culture for visitors looking for attractions beyond the gambling tables and slot machines.

I visited Macau purely because of curiosity.  What I found was unbelievable.  I had known Macau was a growing gambling mecca though I didn’t expect the magnitude of the casinos and construction of more all around me.  Like other popular destinations around the world, Macau stays true to its roots and culture which is evident mere steps away from the glittering casino lights.

I explored both the casino areas and the authentic neighbourhoods to get a true sense of the area.  It’s easy to be ‘wowed’ by the glitz but it’s Macau’s genuine side that won me over.

When you plan to visit Macau, consider the following interesting facts:

Macau was considered a de facto colony of Portugal and was returned to China on 20 December 1999 Macau was initially leased by the Portuguese merchants in 1557.

The area functioned as a trading centre, shipping gold, silk and spices back to Europe until the 18th century.

The Portuguese first arrived in the 16th century and the last Portuguese governor left in 1999; thus Macau is the first and last Asian country to remain a European colony.

Macau was once a human trafficking point for Chinese slaves to Portugal.

 Before the Portuguese arrived, Macao was originally known as Haojing, meaning Oyster Mirror, or Jinhai, which literally means Mirror Sea.

Locals believe the name Macau derived from Matsu, a deity who is the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. It’s believed Matsu worshipped at A-Ma Temple built in 1448.

Portuguese and Cantonese are the official languages of Macau.

The area has its own dialect of Portuguese called ‘Macanese Portuguese’. There is also a distinctive creole generally known as ‘Patuá.

95% of Macau’s population is Chinese. The population density of Macao is the world’s highest at 20643 people per square kilometre.

50% of Macau’s residents are Buddhist.

The official name of Macau is Macau Special Administrative Region.

Macau is governed under the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement for fifty years from 1999 by an elected local authority. In the year 2049, Macau will revert to Beijing’s full control.

One of the most convenient and affordable ways to travel between Macau and Hong Kong is by ferry. The Hong Kong International Airport even allows visitors to bypass Hong Kong Immigration and transfer directly into a ferry to Macau. 

Macau is the only place in China where gambling is allowed.

 50% of Macau’s revenue comes from gambling. It’s no surprise that 20 % of its population is employed by the casinos.

The impressive Venetian Macao is owned by the Las Vegas Sands and is the largest casino in the world. The Venetian is also the largest single structure hotel building in Asia and the sixth largest building in the world by floor area.

 
New hotel rooms were constructed at a rate of 16 per day to keep up with Macao’s exploding tourism industry.

In 2012, Macao had the world’s fastest-growing economy.

The original Casino Lisboa and 15 stories round Lisboa Hotel tower were built in 1970 making it Macau’s oldest casino.

 
One of its most famous residents is ‘The King of Gambling’, Stanley Ho Hung Sun, who had a 40-year government granted a monopoly of gambling in Macau.

With the non-stop development of casinos in Macau, it has become the world’s largest gambling market, far outgrowing iconic Las Vegas.

Gambling revenue in Macau is five times the amount in Las Vegas.

There are more than four times as many gambling tables per 1000 residents that hospital beds. The Cotai Strip is often referred to as the largest tourism project in the world.

Cotai Strip is named after the Las Vegas Strip and is a major land reclamation joining the islands of Coloane and Taipa.

 The entire area of Macau is no larger than the size of 700 football arenas.

The Historic Centre of Macau (also known as “澳門歷史城區” in Mandarin and “O Centro Histórico de Macau” in Portuguese) inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005 is actually a collection of 25 historic monuments and public squares which bore witness to the assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macau.

The Cathedral of St. Paul, built by Jesuits around 1580-1625 AD formed Macau’s ‘Acropolis’ and was the largest Catholic church of its time in East Asia. The baroque five-tiered façade and the 66 flight of stone steps leading to it are all that remains of the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Monte Fort (also known “Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora do Monte de São Paulo” in Portuguese and the “Fortress of Our Lady of the Mount of St. Paul” in English) constructed from 1617 to 1626 was principal military defence structure and held off the attempted invasion of Macau by the Netherlands in 1622.

The Guia Lighthouse dating from 1865 was the 1st modern lighthouse on the Chinese coast.

The A-Ma Temple existed in 1488 long before the city of Macau came into being and is an exemplary representation of the true diversity of Chinese culture, inspired by Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and multiple folk beliefs.

Plan Your Visit With This Collection of Macau Tourist Maps

 
Where Is Macao (Macau)?  
GPS Coordinates of Macao ::  22.1987° N, 113.5439° E

Map Showing Location of Macao

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Not long ago I lamented about London’s disappearing red telephone box by asking, “Where Has The Red Call Box Gone“?  Any first-time visitor aims to capture a compulsory selfie walking in/out or faux calling with this red icon.  Where did the telephone boxes go?

It’s safe to say mobile phones eliminated the need for pay phones, though if you keep your eye open, you’ll find a few functioning capsules standing proud through London.  Just recently, Lumiere returned to London after a two-year absence.  The spectacular light show displayed across the city highlighted numerous iconic structures.  One, in particular, displayed the classic red phone box in a way few would imagine.  Clever, right?  Who answers if the phone rings?

The red telephone box is a recognized icon without a doubt.  Its red pillar box red, cast iron exterior and domed roof to the crown insignia and panelled windows all come to mind when one thinks of London.  The truth is, however, the design is British and doesn’t solely belong to London.

Giles Gilbert Scott’s famous design was first introduced following a competition in 1924.  Variations of Scott’s design appeared across England, from remote villages to the London street corners we all know.

Sadly, the red telephone classics are becoming obsolete.

Some, however, are being preserved as forward-thinking entrepreneurs and communities re-purpose them as delightful places to share books, buy coffee or pop by for lunch and salad.  One is a first-aid stop; another could be the worlds’ smallest art gallery. Ironically, you’ll even find mobile phone repair shops and charging stations housed in the scarlet red kiosks.

Thousands of dormant phone booths around the UK have been saved from destruction.  When new businesses re-use the classic, they are refurbished, given a paint job, new electric wiring, speciality glass and locks.  Everything is practically put back to its original state.  

How cool is that?  You can now take your obligatory London tourist photo and order a cup of coffee at the same time.

Umar Khalid, co-owner of the Kape Barako red telephone box coffee stall, serves a customer on Hampstead High Street in London on Aug. 3, 2016. (MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Miles Willis)