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LDF 2012: Canteen by Transport for London

Transport for London has collaborated with restaurant chain Canteen to create a pop up restaurant celebrating the London Transport Canteen tradition.  Canteen specialises in traditional Great British food and will be preparing a menu inspired by some of the original 1950s London Transport Canteen recipes served up in a contemporary setting.  The Canteen has been designed by Michael Sodeau who has taken his inspiration from TfL’s historic design collection and the functional spaces of the original canteens. The space features original ceramic tiles by Craven Dunnill Jackfield, archive canteen photographs produced as large-scale wallpaper by Printed Space and moquette seating fabric used on the Underground.  Furniture is by Modus and Very Good & Proper.

The London Transport Pop-Up Canteen at designjunction was a contemporary celebration of TfL’s canteen history including all the catering employees and transport staff who have given Great British cooking a new legacy.

Image above by Kang


The London Transport Canteen Catering even has its own recipe book – the 1951 book includes recipes that have become nostalgic favourites once again such as meat pies, scotch eggs, oxtail stews, sponge puddings.



Transport for London (TFL) has its own design collection shop with products that are inspired by tickets, seating fabrics, the famous Oyster card holder, amd more.

The New Bus bench seating has been developed as individual and two seat furniture for the domestic or office environment, upholstered in new colourways for domestic interiors using the distinctive  Heatherwick studio original moquette pattern.


Speaking about the TFL, the last sports man and sportswoman left London a couple of weeks ago, but you can still find a lot interesting information and posters regarding the Olympics.



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