Missing in London: inside TfL's lost property office
As many as 1,200 items arrive at Transport for London’s lost property office each day, revealing what we value enough to recover – and what we’re happy to let go
In Baker Street in London sits Transport for London’s lost property depot, a vast filtering system collecting the flow of humanity that passes through the city’s transport system each day.
The biggest lost property office in Europe, it is only beaten globally by Tokyo’s depot. Sixty-five staff sort through hundreds of thousands of lost and forgotten items each at the depot, which is run by Paul Cowan.
Most people don’t bother to look when they lose their keys. They change the locks instead
Just over 2% of the 10,000 umbrellas that were handed in last year were returned to their owners
Source: Guardian Transport
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