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Pop-Up 1950s Canteen

Transport for London, the restaurant chain Canteen and furniture brands Very Good & Proper and Modus teamed up together to recreate a 1950s staff café's Pop-Up Canteen for the London Design Festival 2012.

The canteen was located at the Design Junction, one of the festival’s key venues ( at The Sorting Office on New Oxford Street in central London.

It was designed by Michael Sodeau and included archive photographs of London Transport canteens and workers as large format wallpaper designs. The canteen featured original ceramic tiles and moquette seating fabric used on Underground trains.

London Transport trained thousands of staff at the company’s Baker Street Training School, to provide daily catering services for over 100,000 employees at over 180 mobile and static canteens all over London.


London Transport’s Canteen Heritage Competition

Design Junction together with Transport for London and the restaurant chain Canteen have launched a competition to design a bespoke range of cutlery and crockery.

What you need to do is create a contemporary, functional yet stylish collection of cutlery and crockery with a strong graphic identity, inspired by the London Transport canteen history and design heritage.

The designs should be based on the original canteen ranges manufactured by London Transport from the turn of the 19th century up to the 1970s.


Closing date is Monday 5th December 2012 at 5pm and entrants must be aged 18 or over.


The winning design will selected by a panel of judges from the British Design Industry.

There is one prize for the winning design of £3,000 (which includes the purchase of the copyright of the design)

The winning design will be produced as a range of cutlery and crockery to be sold in the TfL online shop

Entries should be sent to


The competition terms and conditions can be found on the TFL website along with the full design brief and downloadable material including images, logos and shapes.

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Journey by a London Bus in 1950

Short film produced by the British Government describing how to travel on the London Buses.


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