Black cab, Tube map and the London bus among ‘greatest ever’ British designs

Icon: London’s recognisable black cab placed sixth on the list (Picture: PA)
The Tube map, black cab and London’s Routemaster bus have been named among the top 10 in a list of the greatest ever British designs.

Kingston University professor Catherine McDermott conducted the study, which involved a public vote, into the UK’s 25 most iconic conceptions.

Among other great British designs were the red phone box, which came top, the Spitfire aircraft and the miniskirt.

But London put in a strong showing, with its famous if now discontinued Routemaster bus placing second, and the black cab as well as the Tube map coming in at sixth and seventh respectively.

The London Eye, Wembley Stadium and the 2012 Olympic Torch also feature in the list, produced to mark the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone.

Professor McDermott, director of curating contemporary design at Kingston University, led a panel of judges who chose who selected 30 great designs before putting the matter to 2,000 members of the public to arrive at the top 25 list.

Top 25 greatest British designs

1 Red Phone Box (K Series)

2 Routemaster Double Decker Bus

3 Union Jack

4 Spitfire

5 Rolls Royce

6 London Taxi

7 Tube Map

8 Mini Cooper

9 Concorde

10 Red Pillar Box

11 Jaguar E-Type

12 Aston Martin DB5

13 Miniskirt

14 London Eye

15 Double Helix DNA structure

16 Wembley Stadium

17 First Class Postage Stamp

18 Dr Martens

19 Angel of the North

20 Wellington Boots

21 London 2012 Olympic Torch

22 Tartan Print

23 Burberry Trench Coat

24 Saville Row Suit

25 Fred Perry Polo Shirt


Source: Evening Standard

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