Manchester Victoria Station kiosks

Victoria Station, Station Approach, Manchester, 2010 • Grand European cities like Vienna are stuffed with beautiful old commercial typography, but in the workaday UK, it’s rare indeed. Glad Manchester’s rather unloved “second” station kept these mosaic kiosk signs, albeit ill-served by the modern intrusions. There’s a superb tiled map in the lobby, too (bottom image).

Victoria Station (Manchester)

Victoria Station (Manchester)

Victoria Station (Manchester)

Cost to Cost

Cost to Cost, 227 Shoreditch High Street, Borough of Tower Hamlets, London E1, 2005 • Somewhat meaningless variation on the Costcutter theme. The Cost to Cost logo later got reduced to near invisibility, with the huge words Food & Wine added below. I’d be interested if anyone knows what the small lettering that looks like ‘CAY’ (but is probably Arabic script) says – I’ve seen it on other shop signs too.

Cost to Cost