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2016 - Welcome to the office – it's a bit of a squeeze:

New York firm to transform iconic red phone boxes into mini work stations

By Vicki Owen for the Mail On Sunday|Published: 21:56, 30 April 2016 | Updated: 21:56, 30 April 2016

Some of Britain's iconic red phone boxes are set to be given an unusual makeover by a New York co-working space firm. Bar Works is to launch Pod Works in locations including London, Leeds and Edinburgh using old BT phone boxes as mini-work stations for those on the move. Each 'pod' will have wi-fi, a heater, printer, scanner, wireless mouse, 25-inch screen, hot drinks machine and a power bank. 

Future look of telephone kiosks

Call Centre: the Phone Boxes will have a screen, printer and wi-fi

A fee of about £20 a month will provide access via an app to the pods and Bar Works' co-working spaces – former restaurants and bars – in New York and San Francisco. Bar Works chief executive Jonathan Black has done a deal with Red Kiosk Company, a Brighton firm operating a chain of unused red phone boxes. He said: 'Red Kiosk has acquired a lot from BT. I have got 14 so far. Local people will service them and there will be CCTV.' Black, a former venture capital firm boss from London who moved to New York in 2013, said: 'Bar Works started in October last year but I had the idea more than ten years ago. I ran a venture capital firm and had experience of the pub trade. I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great to have all these firms under one roof? Pubs in the UK have rooms upstairs, we could use those.'

But landlords got greedy and charged higher rents, so the model didn't work at that time. He added: 'I came across a closed down bar in New York.  It took a while for people to grasp the idea, but we have three now and 15 per cent of trade is from people walking past.'

He expects the first pods to open in the next eight weeks. Source : The Mail on Sunday

2012 - Kiosk 'grows' a 'living' livery

Kiosk decorated in Buxus

Using a form o 'Buxus' - this kiosk underwent a 'make-over' to promote the British Designer's Collective launch in Bicester, Oxfordshire in 2012 - image courtesy of alexloves

March 2012 saw the return of Bicester Village’s much anticipated annual British Designers Collective. Then in its third year, the pop-up boutique concept store is an exclusive collaboration between Bicester Village, one of the nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages by Value Retail, and the British Fashion Council, offering emerging British talent the opportunity to showcase their collections in a unique setting. Continuing the tradition, a mix of the most coveted names in British fashion will be on offer. New in 2012, a dedicated menswear selection followed the women’s boutique, launching on 16 May. Source and read more : The British Fashion Council


Buxus deserves a place in any garden – it’s the perfect plant for creating evergreen style and structure. Buxus is a versatile plant that’s useful in any garden. Often known as box, it’s used to create topiary shapes, with pyramids, spheres and spirals all on offer. These shapes work particularly well in containers, which means they’re great for adding structure to a patio. Pairs of potted buxus shapes are also useful for flanking a path or framing a front door. Or you could make a design statement by creating a line of containers all filled with the same shape. It’s a simple way to create impact that will last year round. Source : Dobbies Garden Centres

Mini Brewery - Shepreth, Cambridgeshire

El Tel Mini Brewery

Cheers! El Tel becomes The Dog & Bone (temporarily) - image courtesy of the BBC

Library - Suffolk

BookswapAlternative view Bookswap Kiosk

A Book Swap Kiosk in Suffolk images by and © of Matthew Vaughn

Coffee Shop - Birmingham & Brighton

Kiosk Coffee Shop

Entrepreneur Jake Hollier has turned one of the UK's iconic red phone boxes into what is thought to be Birmingham's smallest coffee shop. Source and ©

Kiosk Coffe Shop

Image © Red Box Coffee - Source - Daily Mail

Cash Machine - Peterborough

Kiosk as Cash Machine

Icon: Kelly McQuafe tries out a new ‘phone box ATM’ (Picture: Mason’s) - Source and © Metro

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The header on this page consists of the stamp design of the telephone kiosk as copyrighted to the Post Office and one of the winter 2010 views of our own 'El Tel' covered in snow.