Jolly Useful London Things
I was fooling around with a new Bryant & May short story earlier today, and stumbled across some examples of Things London Used To Do Jolly Well But Stopped Doing. One of them, the Porter’s Rest on Piccadilly, was reinstated at a ceremony recently.
Another was the Daily Telegraph information service. Started in 1948, it undertook research for people who had neither the time nor resources to find the answers themselves. You’d phone them, ask a question and they’d put it to a team of academics who’d come back to you half an hour later. You know, sort of like an internet thing. Oh, and it was free. It’s still going, but is now outsourced and obscenely expensive to use.
Another jolly useful thing was this, measuring the London temperature from the Air Ministry roof. With thermometers and that.
Baker Street Lost Property Office is in its 82nd year and still going strong. Just as well, considering 10,907 umbrellas were lost in the past year on London’s public transport. These days when items come into the office, their details are entered into a computer system called Sherlock, after the office’s nearby neighbour.
Each piece of lost property is tagged with a description and date, receiving a red label if it was found in a taxi, a white one if it was left on a bus or a yellow one if it ended up on a train or at a station.
Any other jolly useful services? Pop them below please!