Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Lost property

Baker Street has several claims to fame: Sherlock Holmes of course, but also the more utilitarian Lost Property Office. If you lose a treasured possession on London transport, this is the place to go.

Items found on the Underground, Overground, buses and taxis all make their way here - over 200,000 of them last year. When Time Out visited the store rooms below the office, they found pushchairs, wheelchairs, voodoo masks, and a whole tray of false teeth. As someone who excels at losing things, even I am impressed at people leaving their dentures on the bus! Pathe News' visit in 1950 can be seen below:

The Lost Property Office has been reuniting Londoners with their umbrellas and parcels since 1933. If you've lost something, contact them on 0845 330 9882 or online, or visit in person at 200 Baker Street. However, unclaimed items are sold or donated to charity after three months, so don't delay!


Hels said...

What a clever and necessary community service! I wish we had it. Who funds the Lost Property Office and will it get the chop in funding crunches soon?

HughB said...

Didn't they have a collection of lost trousers there at one time, or is that an urban myth? How on earth could someone mislay such an important piece of apparel?

CarolineLD said...

It's at least partly funded by selling unclaimed items and charging small fees for reclaimed ones. Hugh, I could well believe they do - if people can lose their dentures, they can lose anything!

Peter Berthoud said...

Nice post and a new London Elephant to boot!

I like the fact that given their Baker Street location the computer system they use to match lost and found items is appropriately named "Sherlock"!

John said...

There's a gallery by Hoxton Square showing things which have been left on the Underground. KK Outlet: http://www.kkoutlet.com/art/2011/the-lost-collection