We are really passionate at what we do and this passion is beautifully expressed in our collection of stunning handcrafted candles of United Kingdom's iconic symbols.
We have a diverse variety of British gifts to offer. Today London Pride's collection is represented by a series of most recognised objects of London, such as Big Ben, London Bus, Letter Box, The Red Telephone box, the Royal Crown, the Black Cab.
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower.
A hackney or hackney carriage (also called a cab, black cab, hack or London taxi) is a carriage or automobile for hire. A hackney of a more expensive or high class was called a remise.
In the United Kingdom, the name hackney carriage today refers to a taxicab licensed by the Public Carriage Office, local authority (non-metropolitan district councils, unitary authorities) or the Department of the Environment depending on region of the country.
The Crown is a corporation sole that represents the legal embodiment of executive, legislative, and judicial governance. It developed first in the Kingdom of England as a separation of the literal crown and property of the nation state from the person and personal property of the monarch.
The red telephone box, a telephone kiosk for a public telephone designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom, Malta, Bermuda and Gibraltar.
Despite a reduction in their numbers in recent years, the traditional British red telephone kiosk can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, and in current or former British colonies around the world. The colour red was chosen to make them easy to spot.
A pillar box is a type of free-standing post box. They are found in the United Kingdom and in most former nations of the British Empire, members of the Commonwealth of Nations and British overseas territories, such as Australia, Cyprus, India, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland, Malta, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Pillar boxes were provided in territories administered by the United Kingdom, such as Mandatory Palestine, and territories with Agency postal services provided by the British Post Office such as Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait and Morocco.
The London Bus is one of the most famous British cultural images being recognised worldwide. Despite the diversity of existed models and prototypes of London Buses, it is the pioneering design of Routemaster that is regarded as a true British iconic symbol.
The Routemaster was developed by London Transport and entered the service in 1956. As a double-decker bus with open platform, it allowed boarding and alighting in places other than official stops, thus minimising boarding time. Production of Routemasters stopped in 1968, by 2005 the original bus had been replaced with easy access low-floor buses. Although, despite the retirement, two original Routemasters has remained in use on its heritage routes in central London.
The status of a British cultural icon and desire to bring back the traditional Routemaster to the city's streets led to creation of a New Routemaster bus inspired by the archetype's traditional design. New Routemaster buses entered service in 2012.
First service and price
The first bus service operating the city was launched in 1829 by English couch builder George Shillibeer, who imported the idea from Paris. Before that time there were only four-wheeled coaches called 'hackneys' eligible for public hire. The new vehicle 'Omnibus' pulled by three horses and eligible for carrying of 22 people was described as being 'upon the Parisian mode' in the first advertisement. Its route lay from Paddington to Bank along busy routes around the city's edge avoiding the Central London area due to the hackney coach monopoly of public transport.
The service ran four return journeys every day and cost one shilling. That was cheaper than a hackney carriage journey although wasn't considered cheap.
Origination of horse-drawn vehicle excited lots of copyist and the end of the hackney coach's monopoly in 1832 led to fierce competition among the new operators of omnibus services. In 1856 the majority of omnibuses were adopted by London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) becoming the biggest bus operator in the capital. However, fierce competition between bus companies was running on and contributed to finding the way to stand out. That resulted in LGOC painted their fleet of buses red. Before 1907 buses were painted in different colours to signify their routes.