Tube Facts A To C

Tube Facts A To C


In 1987, Aldgate was built on a surface that was also rumoured to contain hundreds or even thousands of victims of the Black Death. Anyone visiting Aldgate today would be justified in wondering if there's any truth in those rumours. The cemetery gates at Aldgate Underground station stand directly above the old plague pit, and a quick look at the books reveals two distinct periods of mass death at that location once in 1348 and again in 1665, during the Great Plague.

My journey along the A13 was a short one, but it had been a physical, and even mental, effort to get there, My City of London (   Aldgate was just past the boundary of East London and is situated at the edge of the enormous City of London Cemetery and Crematorium. There were no signs directing me towards this cemetery, so I was pretty surprised when I woke to find myself surrounded by high walls and gravestones. Nope, not some kind of pseudo-historical and terrifying adventure scenario.

Aldgate is a very real, gritty, cobbled together little pocket of the East End in London where I live. At the heart of this tideripped road – sandwiched between a constant procession of money lenders, kebab shops and casinos – lies a historically important building. Aldgate is a small corner of the City, almost an island, located to the east of the city walls. The centre of Aldgate is at the point where Aldgate High Street and Whitechapel Road join together, which provides a very accessible meeting spot for commuters as well as other regular visitors.

Aldgate East

Aldgate East is a station on the London Underground’s Circle and Metropolitan lines located in Monkwell Square, just off Theobalds Road. Initially named just Aldgate, it opened in 1884 as one of the first stations on the Metropolitan Railway’s new route from Farringdon to Aldgate when the line was extended north from Moorgate. In 1885 this section became part of the Metropolitan Inner Circle. Aldgate East tube station is found on the Circle Line, two stops from Aldgate Station.

The area around Aldgate East is a mixture of residential and business space with nearby businesses including HMV Records, which claims to be Europe’s number one music retailer. A well-known landmark of Aldgate East station was a staircase with an unusual wedge-shaped profile. The staircase first appeared in the 1933 Alexander Korda film, The Private Life of Henry VIII and remained unchanged for more than 50 years. Aldgate (pronounced /ɔːlˈ ɡ ɪ t/) is a ward in the east end of London, England, within the City of London.


Alperton station is a London Underground Railway station on the Uxbridge branch of the London Underground in the ward of Preston, and the district of Alperton. It is on an east-west alignment between Wembley Central and North Acton stations. The station entrance and ticket hall are stairs from a sub surface shopping parade (originally a cinema built in 1934) at the junction of Western Avenue, Station Road and Solley Road. Apart from Wembley Stadium Underground station, it is one of only two London Underground stations which have three tracks and only serve outer faces of the platform.

Alperton tube station is a London Underground station in Alperton, north west London. It is the terminus for the western branch of the Metropolitan line, and provides the only interchange between the two branches of the line, these being separated east of the station by about 1. 6 miles (2. 6 km). The station is located on Station Road in Alperton, in Travelcard Zone 5. On the right is the picture of wooden escalators at Alperton station.

They are redundant now so they have been blocked off. The escalators still work and are stil. The pedestrian subway at Alperton is the only place on the entire network where you can see a set of wooden escalators. An old escalator in Alperton station, which hasn't actually seen traffic for years. It is located in the south-eastern corner of the City, and today forms part of the East End district. Aldgate was formerly a separate parish.


Angel tube station might be one of the more forgotten attractions in London. If you didn't know already, any London tourist would tell you to check out Angel's Market which is underneath this station. But have you actually been down there? Angel tube station is one of the deepest stations in London and has the largest depth. Over the years, I've shared loads of video clips and photos on YouTube and other social media platforms from my trips to this location and since then, I've had messages from people asking to see my photo album as they don't believe me that there really is an escalator that goes that deep or ride with a vertical rise of 27.

5m! The truth is, there isn't just one escalator at this stop but. Anescalator! Angel tube station in central London was built to allow people emerging from the newly-built underground tunnels to ascend directly into the ticket hall. As a result it is built more like a staircase than an escalator, and is the longest escalator in the UK at over 60m long, with a vertical rise of 27. 5m. It’s actually the 4th longest Escalator in all of Western Europe, behind Spinoza station (54m), Driepplein (60m) and Schweizerhof (92m).

The Angel tube station was originally built with two ticket halls and entrances; one to the north where it still stands, and another off High Holborn to the south. The latter entrance was dismantled in the early 1970s when escalators were installed the ticket hall at the northern end was destroyed by an explosion in April 1999 and has since been rebuilt using original parts retrieved so that it looks as it did before being destroyed.


London is full of hidden gems. The best part about living in London is that there are so many amazing historical places to visit. There are a lot of things you could be looking at when you’re on your way to work the tube map, the platform indicator, or the people around you. However, I was on my way home yesterday evening and saw something I hadn’t noticed before – black arches on an underground wall.

Archway is a tube station in North East London on the Piccadilly line. It’s a simple, boxy station with green and cream tiling, big windows and… black arches. Look at the top left of any tile and you’ll see a small arch. This is because instead of being turned 90 degrees like the other tile lines, this line was turned 45 degrees in between each tile. At Archway London underground station there's a green and cream tiled wall the kind you'd see in a bathroom.

If you look closely, there are "archways" hiding in the pattern. Curious about this hidden pattern?  Then head down to Archway station where it will be on your left as you exit the station. Amersham station is the highest you’ll get on the Metropolitan line. At a solid 147m above sea level, it’s an impressive structure, and an even more impressive building to look at. It was completed in 1892, and was designed by Henry Lovatt, who also designed Finsbury Park station in 1868.


There are 10 stations in the Underground system named after football teams, however Arsenal station is the only one which is directly named after Arsenal Football Club. Today Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886 by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. They later moved to a different location in Islington, however this station wasn’t opened until 1932 and is therefore not linked to the founding of the club. The Arsenal is our new high definition studio which has been built to the highest standards.

Featuring some of the best equipment available, including an HD Logic System H8 Control Surface and a KS-44AG microphones, this is the only place where you can experience football at this level.  If you are thinking about becoming part of Arsenal Football Club then this is the place to start your application. From August 2007, Arsenal TV. The only station in the UK named after a football team, giving Arsenal fans more of what they want from their heroes.


If you’re ever traveling around London and find yourself at Balham, make sure you stop by the Underground station. Why? Well, this station is special: It doesn’t contain any of the letters in the word “underground” and happens to be the only such station on the tube network. This means that if you start at Balham and take a train in any direction, you will always end up at another station containing one of the letters in underground.

For instance, start at Balham and head southbound and you’ll get to Clapham South (which does start with an “u”). If instead you head northwards from Balham, you’ll eventually get to. I live in Balham, and every time I tell someone where i live, they make a comment about the word 'Balham'. It's often one of two things: They say "Oh nice, where is that? I know that station. " or they stop and think for a while then say "Balham.

Balham. Oh yea! That station". So with the discovery of this missing word, I did some research and turned up some interesting facts about my local tube station. Balham isn’t just the name of a London Underground station, it’s also the name of an area of south west London that has been settled since at least Saxon times. There are a number of theories as to where the unusual name comes from, but there are no definitive answers.


Bank is a London Underground station on the Northern line between Monument and Cannon Street in the City of London. The station is located at the intersection of King William Street, Poultry, Cannon Street and Gracechurch Street. Its entrance is directly underneath Bank junction, where the City's major shopping thoroughfare, Cheapside, meets Fenchurch Street; traffic flows past on five levels with Bank tube station situated under the fourth. A number of the closest Tube stations are Monument to the north, Mansion House to the east and St Paul's to the south-east.

Bishopsgate-Street is a short distance to the west along Bishopsgate. I was recently tasked with finding out how many entrances/exits there are to each tube station. An easy Google search led me to this data, and I quickly went about adding it to the spreadsheet. All was good in the world until a data QA check exposed a problem in one column. When digging into this, I realised we had a duplicate train line ID, so I couldn’t count Bank or Monument as having 12 exits.

This left us with six stations which had 6 exits (including Westminster which was mislabelled), and hence 6 was no longer divisible by two and became the magic number to beat. St. James Park and King's Cross have a similar amount of entrances/exits with 13/12, but Bank has the most within its station complex. Why is Balham so special? Because it’s unique! It doesn’t consist of the letters U, R and G. The name Aldgate derives from ‘Old Gate’, which implies that an even older gate existed at the site (as old as the Roman city wall).


Barking is a county in North East London, England. It lies mostly within the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, with a small part falling within the London Borough of Havering. Historically an agrarian settlement, it became urbanised with the expansion of the railways in the 19th century and has formed part of Greater London since 1965. The economy of the area is characterised by its industrial activities, as well as its new role as one of the leading centres of the emergent service sector economies of London.

Movings, deliveries, and various other commodities travel far beyond their point of origin, to varied locales worldwide. Earlier in 2015 I was tasked with checking on the status of Movings most recent delivery to a customer & their experience with the freight from China. I started researching information about Qingdao, Yiwu, and quan zhou city all are port cities located at the Chinese coast. The discovery I made during my research left me wondering if China can actually export more than they import.


The station building was constructed in 1903 at the behest of the Great Eastern Railway. When it originally opened, the station had only two platforms, one of which handled trains to and from the docks. In 1913, a third (middle) platform was built to serve the Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria service. At this time, Barkingside was considered a "suburban" station, used primarily by commuters from town houses in South Woodford. The heart of Barkingside station is the magnificent, baronial-style hammerbeam roof that spans the platforms.

It was not created to last forever but to add a little splendour to the everyday commuter experience. The pillars and beams are made from timber, supported on decorated cast-iron brackets which were made in Huddersfield by Horbury Bridge and Roofing Company. Barkingside station, to be officially opened on Monday, is an historic structure which has been designed to blend in with its 1930s art deco neighbours, as it lies between Wanstead and Fairlop stations.

Barkingside station opened in 1872 and was in use until it was severely damaged by enemy action in 1944. The Hammerbeam roof is clearly visible to all visitors entering the station from the ticket hall. Who doesn’t love old-world charm? Get a taste of the past when you visit Barkingside, and the Hammerbeam Roof, often found in churches and houses of great historical significance. Stunning. The purpose of this site is to promote trade between major cities in China and the rest of the world, especially between Yiwu and the United Kingdom.

Barons Court

There are literally hundreds of things to see and do in London. Every visitor to London should also think about visiting a few of the city’s most important landmarks. At the top of my list is 20 Barons Court Road in Kensington, just five minutes from Warwick Avenue Tube Station. The building is one of three houses where Mahatma Gandhi lived as a law student in London. He was an Indian lawyer, politician, and activist who became the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule.

He is often called “the father of his country”. This is the last remaining blue plaque adorning a residence of Mahatma Gandhi in London. It is located on a building at 20 Barons Court Road, next to the West Kensington Underground Station. The exterior was restored in 2010, with the inscription reading as it did when it was unveiled by Sir Richard Attenborough in 1985, on the centenary of Gandhi's birth. The first of the stations we visited after leaving Walthamstow Central was Barons Court.


Did you know that Bayswater was originally called Queens Road? Not many people do. Many older residents who live here were probably under the impression that they were still living in Queens Road, and it wasn’t until they started lifting curbside manhole covers expecting to see that they were confronted with something else, and then started trying to remember the last time their house flooded, or if there were ever a couple of queens who lived nearby, not to mention them being a bit stumped by the main reason for Bayswater’s name change.

Starting in the late 19th century, it became popular with artisans and the middle classes, who moved to inexpensive housing clustered close to the rail and underground railway stations. By the mid 20th century, most of its traditional residential properties were replaced with tower blocks or low rise apartment buildings. It retains characteristic redbrick buildings and streetscape features Chelsea Pensioners were housed here. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "bayswater" is defined as: Of or pertaining to Bayswater, a district of London, England; also, denoting a type of fabric manufactured there.

The name, Bayswater, is said to have been given by a former landowner of the area, Dr. Richard Russell, after he visited Bath and saw the picturesque water (bay) there. The reason I chose to start here was because it is where Mahatma Gandhi lived while he was studying law in London. While I knew this, I didn't realise how close the station was to where he actually lived. Currently has a direct freight service running 7,500 miles direct to & from the city of Yiwu, on Chinas east coast.

Belsize Park

That of course is the inspiration behind this blog post, in which I will tell you all about one of London's less celebrated (by me) locales. This once fashionable 'square'was named after the Belsize Estate where it was built as a development of large Regency houses, and much work has been done to maintain its traditional feel. As a result Belsize Park is one of those traditional neighbourhoods in London where there is no through traffic by car, however within just a few minutes walk you can reach Camden Town or Kentish Town which do have a number of bars and restaurants that are well worth a visit.

I have lived in and around Belsize Park for most of my life. It's about 2 miles north-west of Camden Town so it feels like you're still very much in the city, but there is a neighbourhood feel, with a small parade of shops that has a little bit of everything including good places to eat out. It is certainly not as trendy as some other areas, but I really enjoy being able to get from my flat to Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill or Kentish Town Road (with all the markets) on foot (although it's difficult because you can't help getting distracted by the various bars and restaurants along the way!).


It's the magnificent architecture of this Victorian railway station, London, that brings us together today. As usual though, we're not here to talk about the architecture (although we could); we're here to talk about what happens below ground. And although it's actually above ground that you catch a train from Bermondsey, it is below ground that you will find some of the most beautiful and charming spaces in the UK's capital city. Let me first dispose of an assumption many people make about this station: it shouldn't be confused with the London Overground's Bermondsey station, which is in fact several miles south east of Tower Bridge.

Let me now add a further quick point of clarification: this is not Bermondsey tube (sub. …the interior of the station will seem like a cut-out from the city itself. From street level, people in the passageway at the front of the station will see a solid facade; passengers alighting from trains and buying tickets at the platform barriers will see what looks like a partly glazed surface behind which is a dark void. Passengers on trains inside that void will see daylight streaming through until they round a corner and come face to face with Liverpool Street.

All design aficionados may have heard of the Danish phrase 'hygge'– which roughly translates to ‘cosiness’. But while it's commonly associated with the Scandinavian nations, it is actually a quality which can be found all over the world, including in Bermondsey, London – where the charming new station at Canada Water will be completed this year. The station is the deepest in London, and one of the deepest in the world. In fact, it was only recently that new platforms were added to both Heathrow and Thameslink stations, which are now deeper than Bermondsey.

The architects have cleverly designed the station so that natural light makes it all the way down to platform level, 10m below the entrance above ground. There's something about Bermondsey Street station that stirs the atavistic longings in all of us for the London everyone loves. Belsize Park is a beautiful, quiet, wealthy area with among other things several good pubs and restaurants. It's nice to walk around and take in the quiet atmosphere as long as that tranquility isn't spoiled by loud Americans.

Bethnal Green

Another slightly odd fact is that the most common star sign in Bethnal Green is Capricorn. Maybe it’s their love of beef that makes them so hardy? When you look at the number of times they’ve been bombed and then consider the Blitz spirit, perhaps it makes sense. Either way, you could is never too late to start a new life in a new area. It gives you an excuse to leave your mark with something like this permanent marker graffiti shoe store in Bethnal Green that was tagged in 2012.

St Mary’s Gate is Bethnal Green’s only surviving Roman arch, erected in the late second century as a gateway into the town. Nowadays it affords a view down Exmouth Market and the line of shops that marks Arnold Circus. It’s still familiarly known as ‘Roman Arch’ (though we had to double-check that with our Roman expert) and has recently been given a lick of paint. It’s also home to a vibrant community today, with its very own Wikipedia article, plenty of green space and some amazing street art  – all within Zone 2.


(Source: Wikipedia) The Blackfriars Bridge is a railway bridge across the River Thames in London, between Blackfriars Station and Waterloo East Station.  The present bridge was opened to rail traffic in 1917. It was electrified in 1924, and from 1926 to 2007 coal trains also crossed the bridge to deliver coal to the South Bank of the Thames. The present bridge is the second river crossing at this point, the first opening in 1864 and closing in 1916.

The Blackfriars Railway Bridge in London is home to the largest solar-powered bridge in the world. Installed on top of the railway bridge are 4,400 photovoltaic panels which generate up to half of the energy needed by the Waterloo station as well as nearby shops. The solar bridge is part of a larger project being implemented by Network Rail which will create 2,000 solar-powered bridges across Britain in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. The news of solar-powered Blackfriars Bridge was greeted with cheers of delight from all who care about the environment.

It is great to hear that one of the most iconic railway stations in the world has committed to using solar power. This will not only benefit those who use the station, but it will also contribute to reducing emissions. The Blackfriars station is one of the few times I’ve seen a solar-powered bridge. In addition to the railway bridge, 1,500 solar panels also covered Vicars College which was built in 1901. These solar panels aim to produce 30% of their own energy, reducing carbon emissions and making them more sustainable.

Blackfriars Bridge, the railway station whose roof is one of the most famous in London is now (even more so) often referred to as Blackfriars thanks to a £4. 5m solar energy installation which has been completed by Network Rail and Siemens. The Blackfriars Bridge, which spans the River Thames in London, has been covered in solar panels to provide electricity for all of the trains that pass over it. So before you jump on Google Maps, here are six things you might not know about Bethnal Green.

Blackhorse Road

Blackhorse Road is like an old friend. When it comes to getting around London, I’ve used Blackhorse Road on every single journey. It’s one of my favourite routes: Thanks to its iconic tarmacked road and horse tracks, the track delivers you straight from south suburban underground station in central London into the heart of Hammersmith. And back in minutes. But if you haven’t had the chance to use the track before, we thought it’s about time we introduced the track to you….

Im pretty sure the horse is named after the road, not the other way around. That would be quite a feat in 1825. But if the black house did give rise to the name of Black Horse Road, it is no surprise that the area has a lot of namesakes; Blackhorse Road runs from Brixton Station to Peckham Rye, and is home to a number of pubs and clubs including The Black Horse (of course).

The famous Blackhorse Road is a road known for its famous murals. The road used to be just another ordinary road in the city until the coming of CBeebies and BBC. BBC needed a large space where they can showcase their products, as well as, have a safe place for children that are visiting. Blackhorse Road is part of the A11 road, connecting Hainault in Essex with Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire. The road has long been referred to by residents as Hainault Black Horse, despite the fact that it is no longer a black horse but an illuminated red horse.

Blackhorse Road station in West London lies in Travelcard Zone 3, close to Ealing Broadway. It is on the Great Western Railway and is served by local services that run between Southall, Ealing Broadway, Reading and Oxford. One of the most iconic roads in the GTA is Blackhorse Road. I needed to get a wander on to the other side of the park so I decided to head up the steps to walk along the bridleway that joins Belsize Park with Hampstead Heath.


It was located next to Kennington Junction. It was built in two separate stages; the first stage was opened on 5 July 1884 by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR). The Baker Street & Waterloo Railway (BS&WR) opened its extension from Warren Street to join the LCDR at Kennington on 1 December 1891. The second stage involved running powers over the BS&WR from its terminus at Lambeth North, where it had run since 2 August 1889, 22 months after that station opened.

By this time, there were financial problems, and this section opened on 1 February 1893. Constructed as a cost-cutting measure, Borough Station had the same design as Kennington station, apart from the name. As this was a south London service, the architecture was completely different to other tube stations, and serves as an example of the difference in tastes of Londoners of the time. What does Borough really mean? Some might say it means nothing but other than the name of a stop on the London Underground.

Which according to Wikipedia, was originally called (wait for it!) Borough Road when first opened in 1890. Borough. had been almost entirely rebuilt by the early 1970s. The approach to Blackfriars Bridge was quite unlike the glacial permanence of the well-known existing stations. The only passenger station ever provided at Bond Street was on what is now the Central line. This was opened in 1900, at the cost of £60,000 (the equivalent of £5. 5m today).

Boston Manor

My favorite places to go ghost hunting in the Chicago area are the Deco-style Blue Line stations. The CTA has a few of these from the 1920s. They're so old that they don't even have closeable windows, and most lack automatic sliding doors. Therefore, station entrances have to be staffed 24/7 due to safety concerns (according to CTA officials). Unfortunately, while the line is staffed at every hour, I've never seen anyone up late watching for ghosts.

It might be one of the newest stations on the Boston Metro North Railroad line, but it is also one of the most beautiful. The Boston Manor station, which opened in late 2011, was modeled after an Art Deco design from the 1930s. It is located at 715 Washington Street, and has a mid-size parking garage that can accommodate about 450 cars and 70 bikes. Charing Cross is about the only Tube Station that has survived the Second World War with its art deco structure.

It is not only the Northern Hemisphere’s oldest Underground station but also commemorates the 75th anniversary of Lambeth Walk, a popular song written by Harry M. Woods and Bert Lee (and I bet you didn’t know this). The lifts were electric, and took 20 seconds to descend. One of the city's busiest stations, Bond Street is connected to Oxford Street by the pedestrianised Centre Court shopping precinct. It is served by the Central, Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo lines.

Bounds Green

Bounds Green is a place, it’s also an event. Specifically, an open-mic at Bounds Green train station. Possibly the best open-mic in London. Or even the world, despite it being held every Tuesday on the 8th platform of a busy tube station, due to there being no visible stage or amplification. It doesn’t matter because if you get there early enough and are lucky enough to win one of the coveted spots on the tiny stage then everyone who is left standing (unlucky people are turned away every week) will stop what they are doing and give you all their attention.

If you’re from North West London like me, the name Bounds Green might not mean anything to you. You may have come across it on the Bakerloo Line a few times when you’ve been going up to check out The Big Bang Theory or St. Mary’s Church where St. John the Baptish is buried. Bounds Green in north London is the birthplace of three members of The Streets’ band including Mike Skinner himself: two of his brothers – Brett and Jamie – as well as Rob Hayes, who played bass for the group until shortly before their split in March 2011.

You want to know what is the best part of living in Bounds Green? It’s a great question, and I do not have an answer. What I do have, however, are two nominations and a whole load of love for this little bombshell of a place in North London. Bounds Green is a neighbourhood in the London Borough of Haringey, and shares its postcode with Woodside Park, Manor House, Tottenham Green, White Hart Lane and Harringay.

Bow Road

My friend Xavier lives at the top end of Bow Road. He gets home and says 'Ah it was a nice and easy ride to the bottom today. 'His journey is a big contrast to mine as I'm always huffing and puffing into work. The worst part starts approaching the station, where the gradient kicks in. This is the steepest section of all our lines. The gradient is equivalent to climbing eight storeys which is a bit disheartening when you're wheezing your way up, laden with shopping bags.

New Underground video of the day goes to Bow Road with a gradient of 3. 6%. This is the steepest on the whole network and makes for a nerve-wracking trip when going downhill. And if that wasn't enough, being able to see all the braking trains along that stretch before you comes as a further shock to the system. I live in Bow Road.   It's a crazy road that connects Walthamstow to Stratford and most recently it made the news as the steepest road in London.

So I went on an adventure to see if it really was the steepest. And it isn't, but that does not detract from its insane reputation. The steepest gradient on the London Underground is a track on the Hammersmith & City line. At 3. 6% it’s a grade so steep that trains have to be specially designed and then slowed to a crawl as they climb out of Bow Road station towards Paddington. Many years ago I had the pleasure of working as a researcher on an e-book about the future of transport.

Brent Cross

When I was a kid, my Mum and Dad would take me on visits to this place called Brent Cross. I was so impressed with the fact that it had a massive shopping centre attached to it’s station. To me, it was magic. After all, how could the train go right through the building without falling through the floor or getting stuck? As I got older, I realised that it wasn’t magic at all. The shopping centre is just above ground level, and the track has been dug down into a tunnel underneath it.

One of the underground stations that makes up the official end of the Central Line, Brent Cross station has been a feature of the tube network since 1908. This was long before the well-known shopping centre (officially known as Brent Cross Shopping Centre) moved in next to it in 1976. The shopping centre was named after the nearby station, rather than the other way around. The Brent Cross Shopping Centre a 1970s mall which has the cross of St.

George on its roof was named after the station, not the other way around. The area was named Brent Cross because it is where the roads from Kilburn and Hendon meet near the Brent river crossing at Colney Hatch Lane. This is just one of many intriguing facts about Brent Cross station.   Fast forward to May 2018 and it was announced that the station would be renamed as 'Agora'from December 2018, after the development in which the station is located.

So, what sort of intrigue will Agora bring?. I reckon I have used Brent Cross station, for the reason that I shop at the centre from time to time. But then again, I don’t live in London, so perhaps this photo is of a place I’ve used and just don't remember. Brent Cross tube station in London is a great example of where the name of an area and the name of a major transport interchange or station come from.


Theres a mural in the station of a pyramid of bricks, which is a visual pun of a ton of bricks (or a bricks ton). If you take away the construction workers depicted in the station and actually look at the mural – it depicts an ancient pharaoh or king being forced to build a pyramid. There’s a mural in the underpass at Brixton station, London of a pyramid of bricks, which is a visual pun.

It’s called “a ton of bricks”. Brixton.   Theres a mural in the station of a pyramid of bricks, which is a visual pun of a ton of bricks (or a bricks ton). Naturally I asked to include the Bow Road station on our tube map of London's steepest gradients. It looked something like this. It is approximately 3 miles north east of Charing Cross. After a friend of mine from uni mentioned that the song, Has it come to this? was partly inspired by his area of North London I immediately knew we had to go and visit.


Because I don’t want it to get lost in the post, I will start with the elephant in the room. One of the central characters in Eastenders is a lady by the name of Kat Moon, who comes from a fictional place called Bromley-by-Bow. Bromley-by-Bow, also known as Plaistow South or simply The Bow, doesn’t actually exist. It hasn’t for well over 100 years! In EastEnders (and on google maps), they have set Bromley-by-Bow as being located at the exact same place as its real life counterpart of St Pauls Way and Stratford High Street.

However, in reality there is no Walford East tube. You may not know it and EastEnders isn’t going to tell you but the EastEnders tube station on Albert Square is actually based on a real London Underground station. That’s right, there is a Bromley-by-Bow. It’s in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets, not far from Canary Wharf and one stop east on the District Line from Mile End. And the Bromley-by-Bow tube station is actually called ‘Bromley by Bow’.

but not in EastEnders. As many of us know, the British television show EastEnders is set in the fictional Walford East tube station, but what you may not realize is that it was originally based on a real location–Bromley-by-Bow. This London borough was hit hard by WWII and its effects still visible today. Bromley-by-Bow. When the name rolls off the tongue and off fans of EastEnders it often seems to be accompanied with a sigh.

Burnt Oak

I've just noticed (17th January 2017) that the Burnt Oak Tesco Extra (Alexander Shopping Park, junction of Coles Green Lane and Bram Crescent) is no longer advertising how many customers they handle in a day. On Friday, 14th January, it said "over 22,000 customers served daily!" but on January 17th it has simply got rid of this number altogether. I wonder what's happened? Burnt Oak is a little confusing. it's actually outside a town (basically a part of Barnet to the north of the railway line).

But there used to be another branch in Brent Cross just south of the railway line. The area was originally part of the Manor of Stoneleigh, which was held by the Knights Hospitaller until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. At some time during this period, Stoneleigh became known as “Burnt Oak”. Ordnance Survey maps from 1887 onwards show that this name has been in use for buildings around what is now Burnt Oak Broadway. In 1929, a new Tesco store opened on Western Avenue, making it one of the company’s first purpose-built branches.

Burnt Oak is a London Underground station on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line, on Burnt Oak Broadway. As its name suggests it was originally built to serve the village of Burnt Oak (then in Middlesex); however, this changed in 1965 when Greater London Council's 'London Outward Planning'review led to the area being incorporated in an enlarged London Borough of Barnet. In 1909, the first track to link Burnt Oak with the Great Western Railway was laid and in another year, a rail connection was made between Burnt Oak and the Metropolitan Railway.

The population increased with new housing estates beyond the old village being built. A further population increase came in 1963 when London Underground's Bakerloo Line reached Burnt Oak station. A small housing estate in north London, built post-war. It’s surrounded by nice houses, which, in my view, makes Burnt Oak the premier suburb of Barnet. The retail giant's first-ever branch was opened in Burnt Oak, Edgware. Despite being just one letter away from Walford East tube station real life Bromley-by-Bow is much, much nearer to West Ham than Walford.

Caledonian Road

In the everyday bustle of central London, it’s easy to miss grand structures as you sit on the bus, or walk down the busy main street. But tucked away between two council blocks (private housing projects) on Caledonian Road is a beautiful building — and one which can be seen from both ends of road! The former orphanage now houses a church and community centre, is flanked by two striking modern apartment buildings, and has recently undergone a rather wonderful renovation…but it still remains largely unknown and unnoticed to many locals and tourists alike.

I think it's a great road wide enough for two cars if you're lucky, and not too fast.  It rises up from the bottom of Holloway Road to then descend into the City of London. Horses graze there, but now it seems they have been replaced by bicycle couriers. People's lives are slowly returning to normal after the tube strike. The old woman who was screaming about hopping on a bus (bus!) has now calmed down and is walking up Caledonian Road with her dog.

Like most people, my knowledge of Caledonian Road came from the football chants I sang as a child. When I learned that there was a road in London with the same name, I imagined it was probably in North or West London. When I found out it was in Holloway, all my illusions were shattered once and for all. So imagine my surprise when one of the best pubs I’ve visited in a while turned up on this very street.

If you have to travel by public transport then the Caledonian Road is usually on your list of must-stop places. Not because there are any attractions, but because it’s the last stop on the tube, overground or bus route to anywhere north of it. Walk down the side of Caledonian Road and you'll notice a church with a small graveyard. Go past it, to the red brick house. That's ours. What do you get when you move an asylum for children to a location known as the ‘Great Hole of Edinburgh’?.

Camden Town

Camden Town.  Home of indie shops and a seemingly neverending supply of gourmet burger bars, restaurants, and the like.  Well that’s the way it used to be, at least.  Camden Town is getting another makeover, from the railway station being vastly expanded (I suspect, mostly for business travellers), to a major overhaul by Network Rail of Camden market itself. Before I get into specifics on what theyre planning to do, I suspect that some of you are wondering why Network Rail is doing this.

I was devastated when I first heard the news. As someone who lives in Camden and travels through the station almost everyday, as well as being a frequent visitor to Camden Market, I was aghast. The thought that this railway line would be demolished seemed unbelievable. Thats why Im planning on doing something about it. The viaduct that runs next to the train station at Camden has been voted one of the "most endangered buildings" in London.

Plans are due to be released this March for the transformation of Camden Town into a modern version 2. 0 as well (camden is popular with hippys, but they dont mind caz too much ;-). Here in Camden Town, we're going to get a new, bigger station (one of the last places on earth actually needs more space, weird!). There's also talk about building a Cable Car between here and Chalk Farm station, as well as turning either York Way or Chalk Farm Road into a one-way street.

Camden Town could be completely destroyed. The station is so busy at weekends, that theyre planning on rebuilding it, and demolishing Camden Market in the process (dont panic though, that doesnt include the Stables Market, The Lock Market, the Inverness Street market, etc. ). It's true Camden Market is to be demolished to make way for the new Camden Town station upgrade. The revamp, which will include a 16-storey office block, is part of the £500m development of Euston station and is expected to start in 2014 at the earliest.

Canada Water

Where can I start? The concrete surround of Canada Water library, which apparently replaced an amphitheatre, was built by the same architect as the Millennium Dome. Which clearly means he’s copied his own work. The library used to be in Wood Wharf, but was moved here when Canary Warf opened. No one really likes it here – and I found out why on a Saturday evening: it’s too quiet. Shamefully, I didn’t realise that the building above wasn’t some new type of balloon – or perhaps an alien probe – until I googled its name.

The Canada Water Building is actually a 16-story office block in South London, designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster in 2000. Some people are putting money on it becoming the ugliest building in the world. I remember the day that I first stepped foot on to Canada Water (before it was named that). I had no idea what the hell was going on. Huge green structures all over the place, a distant football ground and nobody producing anything, it seemed.

It took me a while to uncover what was going on though. In fact it wasn’t until I saw this. There's a building at the far end of my street. I call it 'The Pit'. It has been there for 20 years, and it has never been used. It is the Millennium Dome architect's second attempt to design a pyramid. Canada Water.  Designed by the same architect as the Millennium Dome. Who was clearly copying his own homework.

Canary Wharf

Don't worry, I won't be getting married on the Jubilee line. Although I already have a venue, my fiance is pretty traditional. So here is my review on London's Canary Wharf station, one of London's main business districts where the likes of HSBC and Citigroup have their HQs. The biggest concourse on the Docklands Light Railway, the largest underground station in London (by number of platforms) and the busiest to serve a single line.

Canning Town

What is Canning Town? Well, it’s a place in London, England. It’s about three miles east of central London and about half a mile south of Westferry station. It’s also a bit of an odd place because the name kept changing whenever someone built a new station (including the DLR one). The current one — Canning Town Station — was opened in 1978 and it is on the North London Overground line. The new Canary Wharf station is absolutely ridiculous in its size and splendour (if you're into that sort of thing).

The connections here are quite extensive too – eastbound you have a direct line to Stratford, Westfield, Canary Wharf, Woolwich Arsenal, or Lewisham. These stations also offer you the option to change onto the DLR's other lines towards Beckton and Tower Gateway. There’s always something happening in Canning Town, London . That may or may not mean anything to you. Which is handy, because my editor just told me I should ‘write about something people actually go to’.

So: I’ll write about how there are a load of events going on in Canning Town right now, and how you can go along and enjoy them. When I was down in Canning Town the other day, I noticed a plaque commemorating the site of the old station. Since I was intrigued by the name of this station, after doing some research on it, I thought I’d share what I found out around this railway station that no longer exists.

The station wasn't much to start with, but will be a big plus for the area. On the inside it looks like TFL did their best to make it look like a modern underground station, whilst retaining the original feel of the old canning Town terminus. A lot of people have been wondering why London chose to build the DLR along this particular route, and why they decided to build basically a completely new Canning Town station instead of just building platforms here.

Cannon Street

Contrary to the popular belief, the Cannon Street in London is not named after the firearms. The legend of the name begin with a tavern, or brothel, called Kings Arms. The legend then states that a cannonball hit the building and lodged itself between two walls in the back of the establishment.  The ball was covered by straw and used as a seat for guests who were obliged to pay for their cushioned comfort. The owner then decided to charge people just to look at the cannonball, which led to increased profits.

This continued and eventually became a pub that featured a cannon mounted on the front. Cannon Street is a road in the City of London, in the Ward of Bridge/Cannon. It runs parallel with the River Thames, and forms part of the A315. It was formerly an important thoroughfare leading to the City of London from Southwark, but today it is mainly a street full of offices and shops for commuters. It is connected at both ends to major arteries Mansion House Street at its northern end and Lombard Street at its southern end.

Cannon Street formed part of the marathon course for the 2012 Olympic games, although in conjunction with the Strand. The street also forms a boundary of the City of London from 1829 to 1909, when it was expanded through amalgamation with the Metropolitan Borough of Cripplegate, and with the City of Westminster. The first record of a major fire dates back to 1212, when nearly 200 buildings were burned down in the ward of Farringdon Without.

Another major fire occurred in 1377, which began in the kitchen of the house of the Master of the Wardrobe in Poultry and burned down most of Cheapside. Cannon Street was anciently the Stratforde Walke, which was only opened up to Cannon Street in 1829. It was originally called Long Acre (ie. at the long or large acre), until it was purchased by Richard Cannon around 1530, and named after him. It was briefly the largest underground station by number of platforms until Stratford station opened in late 2009.

Canons Park

Canons Park is a residential development in East Hendon, North London. What makes it a story that Oxford Circus is interested in? It's the name, of course. The mis-spelling of 'canon'and the apostrophe that should be there, aren't things that we typically get excited about. But here they are underpinning a project that seems far removed from the Church of England; developers Marlets were asked by Forest Holidays to use the branding of (in their words) "an upmarket operator", and came up with a name combining "Canons" and "Park" and throwing in an apostrophe for good measure.

Canons Park is a small residential area in the London Borough of Harrow with a few shops. There’s St. Marks Church, which is more like a school sports hall. The traditional village pub and the fire station, of course, and not much else. The only thing remotely interesting about it is its unusual name, and even that isn’t really explained anywhere except in a few history books written decades ago. There's bus stop in NW London called "Canons Park".

It made me think of an alternative history, where 'Canon Park'was located right here in South Euclid.  And it would be your neighborhood park--the one you pass by on the way to the supermarket. From this simple location came a fortune so vast that you'd only have to worry about money for the first time. Canons Park is a suburb of Watford in the county of Hertfordshire. In fact, we're not really sure if we're near Watford at all and perhaps just part of a small village next to Watfork, but that said, the closest hospital is Watford General so I guess our location must be true after all.

Chalfont & Latimer

The Chalfont and Latimer branch is a short branch line that goes from Chalfont & Latimer to Amersham, with only one intermediate stop at Chesham. Despite its small distance, this line is still able to take you off the busiest parts of the "G" London commuter belt. The stations along the line are all within walking distance or a short drive away from each other, which makes it a great place to go if you're looking for a quiet place to live and settle down.

Chalfont & Latimer is the name of a single railway station that services two towns four and a half miles apart. That’s right, the town of Chesham is only two stops away from Chalfont St Peter. The journey takes on average nine minutes. Most people don’t even realise that they are in a different town when making their way between the two stops. The Longest Journey Between Adjoining Stations: The distance from Chalfont & Latimer to Chesham (both in Buckinghamshire, England) is 2.

2 miles, but the average time taken between trains is 9 minutes. Usually the same train will be used to continue the journey from Chesham to Gerrards Cross, a distance of 0. 32 miles. Chalfont & Latimer (more widely known as Chalfont & Latimer station) lies in the borough of Chiltern, Buckinghamshire and is on the Metropolitan line, one stop away from Amersham. This station was opened on 18 July 1904 and, since then, has provided a service to London for commuters to the capital.

Chalk Farm

In the 19th century Chessington had a small station on the main line from Waterloo to Portsmouth, Guildford and Dover. This station and all others on this part of the line were closed in the Beeching era of mass railway closures. The nearest stations are now at Wimbledon / Motspur Park or Kingston, both over a mile away. For some time this was the closest station in the area, serving Chessington North railway station (opened in 1885 and closed in 1917) which used to be on the Wimbledon-Croydon line at Tooting Junction".

You can usually tell a bit about a place by its railway station. And while Regent’s Park is not synonymous with Chalk Farm, it’s close enough for me. If you take a stroll along the nearby canal towpath towards Camden Town (and why wouldn’t you?) then you’ll pass the turning circle where trains used to be turned on their way to and from London Zoo. Now it is home to local marshalling yards and a dwindling passenger service to Croydon and Milton Keynes, as well as occasional Christmas shopping trips to Oxford Street.

I’m a little confused the Roundhouse was used for steam engines (and Daphne made her debut there), but trains have been using the West Coast main line through Chalk Farm station since 1894, which is roughly when this picture appeared. Maybe most of the trains stopped just before Talgarth Road and then turned to go north-east towards Camden?. It wasn’t until I started to read up a bit more on what was going on in Chalk Farm that I realised what an interesting part of town it is.

Chancery Lane

As one of London’s busiest railway stations, Chancery Lane is no stranger to commuters passing through each day. During World War II though, the station played an important role in the city's defence system. Hidden deep below the busy streets, a secret underground bunker was built with the intention of protecting London's railway system from aerial bombardment. Nowadays, it’s a little hard to imagine that there was once an underground bunker at Chancery Lane station.

But back in 1940, the Government tasked British Transport Police (BTP) with transforming an existing air raid shelter into a telephone exchange. This became known as Police Tunnel CSE and stood as part of an extensive tunnel network allowing Government workers to continue their functions regardless of where. Today, the old Grade II listed tunnels are falling into disrepair and becoming a target for vandals. East End Film Archive has started an award-winning campaign to restore the tunnels, with the backing of stars including [Daniel Craig] ( exclusive-interview-with-daniel-craig-2293927.

html). The restoration project will cost £20m but. After two years of around-the-clock work, Victoria railway station’s new concourse will reopen to the public this Saturday. It is the first step in an eight-year project involving major work to create modern, spacious concourses for suburban, regional and international rail services, as well as a new passageway linking the Tube station more directly to the rest of the national rail network. Chancery Lane is a disused London Underground station in Holborn, central London.

It is located on the site of what is now Chancery Lane tube station. The former northbound platform (now the westbound one) existed until 2006 but has now been demolished, and it is no longer possible to access the southbound platform (now the eastbound one). In the 70s, the former air raid shelter built underneath the station was turned into a telephone exchange with 200 staff, its own restaurant, bar, and games room, all 200ft below the surface.

Charing Cross

Charing Cross railway station in London is a busy station that serves many routes. The station’s name is taken from the area of London in which it’s located: Charing, and the crossroads junction in the Strand, where once stood Eleanor Cross. To know more about this railway junction, we’ll take a journey back through the 19th century to find out how this unique part of London got its name. Charing Cross tube station is located at the intersection of the Strand and Hungerford Bridge, a road bridge passing over the River Thames.

Charing Cross station was opened in 1906 and is named after the nearby statue of King Charles I. The station is also very near to Embankment underground station, accessible only by a short walk up the Strand. Charing Cross is one of the busiest stations in London. It is a big interchange where two main lines cross: the subterranean Northern line and the above-ground Bakerloo and National Rail services. The station is served by the London Underground, National Rail, as well as by 2 Night Bus routes.

when the traffic is moving, it is an impressive combination of both old and new. It's worth pointing out that these two stations"”Trafalgar Square and Strand"”were not combined but also demolished to make way for the current Charing Cross station. The Chalfont-Latimer line is a single-track commuter railway line in Buckinghamshire, England which runs from Chalfont and Latimer station in the west to Marylebone station in the east.  The line is about 19 km long.


If you search for 'nearest railway station', you'll find numerous articles about the west-coast force that is Milton Keynes. But one station is sadly left out of these lists: Chesham, which at 3. 8 miles to the nearest railway station is officially the furthest away in Europe. How did this happen? Is this just a mistake, or is there some kind of Fens equivalent of a train cult? Why isn’t anyone trying to fix it? I’ll answer these questions, and more, in my new article on the far-flung reaches of rail travel ‘ Chesham.

 Furthest away from any other station, at 3. 8 miles to the nearest neighbour. Chesham is a 4-track electrified railway station situated in the town of Chesham in Buckinghamshire, England. It is located on the Chiltern Main Line between London and Birmingham. The two outer tracks are bi-directional and the centre track a terminating track only used by up (northbound) services. Services operate to/from Marylebone in London, with some continuing to/from Oxford via 1m Northolt.

Electric trains call at platform 1 on the local line from London, and platform 4 from Birmingham via 1m Northolt. A limited number of additional trains run to/from High Wycombe. Chesham’s top ten list of services certainly isn’t what you’ll find at your regular station! The walled town is crammed full of 15th century half-timbered buildings. It was an important staging post for pilgrims travelling between London and the shrineland  hence you can still see a number of inns in the centre of town.

What a miserable day, it’s been raining on and off all day. As I stepped outside the rain stopped and the sun shone through the clouds casting an orange glow over Chesham. Even on the dullest of days Chesham was still beautiful. Chiswick is the closest to Waterloo out of the non-central London stations, at just 3. 4 miles away. If you want to live in a town with easy access to the shops and bars of Chiswick, rent averages £1,714 per calendar month.


We are a state of the art, newly built pharmacy situated in the heart of Chigwell in Essex. Our pharmacy is stocked with an extensive range of over 80,000 products to suit customer needs. Capable of filling two prescriptions simultaneously, we guarantee all medicine dispensed is genuine and authentic and supplied at the lowest possible prices. We also provide professional advice on a range of topics including self care, skin care, mobility aids, sexual health, travel vaccines and baby care.

I am a 26 year old girl who is living in Chigwell. It is situated just 5 miles north east of Loughton and 3 miles south west of Buckhurst Hill. This is quite a well-known area, because it is mentioned in the most famous books by Charles Dickens. I love Chigwell and I want to share some basic information with you about the town. If I tell you that a place in Essex with a population of less than 10,000 people has an underground railway station, a canal boat pub, an award-winning garden centre and was described by Charles Dickens as "the greatest place in the world", you may think that I am talking about Chigwell.

Well, I am. The town council of Chigwell, England used WhatsApp to alert residents about the arrival of a large pantechnicon lorry on the morning of 19 January. The 15-tonne vehicle was transporting the new market hall through the streets to its new location. The roundabout is the funkiest in the UK and attracts people from all over the world. Chigwell Row attracts tourists, TV crews and celebrities as well as members of the public.

Chigwell  might not be the biggest town in the world, but it has some of the biggest house prices in London. And then there are also a lot of celebrities living in Chigwell. Tiny hamlet of Chesham sits on the border of Herts and Bucks, some 3 miles away from Beaconsfield. Canons Park is a new suburb but it was not always called this. It once held its own identity (Centurion Park) until Cannons Park took over.


Chorleywood is such a wonderful place. The roads are wide and well-surfaced, making it a joy to drive on in the absence of traffic lights. Local amenities are plentiful and rarer than hen’s teeth even when the shops are open on a Sunday. And the price of houses is kept at levels affordable by ordinary people — unlike so many other towns and cities around the country. Sure, its lack of tower blocks means it rarely features on Channel 5’s Extreme Town makeover programmes (in more ways than one).

But, if you’re looking for a place where homes are affordable, crime levels are as low as you can get outside an Orpington council estate, and you can get from A. Right at the centre of Hertfordshire, set in unspoilt countryside, is the village of Chorleywood. Right from the early days of this historic village, there was a need for locally brewed ale and many free houses emerged. At that time these ‘homes’ were called pubs, and their owners considered themselves ‘publicans’.

One of these publicans was John Pickles who owned a number of free houses in Chorleywood and eventually managed a brewery in Bull Hole Lane, then Market Road (in the 18th Century). He also kept some bullocks on land by his brewery which would have grazed by what is now Fox Lane cottages. Peasants wood? What is this all about? Well let me explain. Chorleywood existed about 2,000 years ago when the area was mainly covered in oak and pine forests (hence the name).

However it was during the Industrial Revolution (the 1800s) when England underwent a massive growth in industry and technology. As demand grew for local supplies of timber to meet this demand new methods were devised to produce timber cheaply and efficiently. The development of the mechanical wood pulp mill is what created Chorleywood as we know it today. Chorleywood is a quaint village just North West of London in Hertfordshire. There are roughly 4000 people who live there.

Most are fairly young families with children and the average house costs about 250,000 pounds. The green, lush fields that surround the place are dotted with sheep and cattle and sit among the most beautiful red brick houses that likely fetch premium prices. What can I say, I love Chorleywood. It’s a small yet thriving village in Hertfordshire, England. I’ve lived there for nearly ten years and it’s nothing short of amazing! If you’re reading this, I hope you take time to appreciate those around you and that you keep going whatever path life has taken you on.

Clapham Common

Cats are great. They bring a lot of joy to our lives and are an excellent source of inspiration for business owners and marketers alike. After a poll by the RSPCA, Cats Protection and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, 47% of people incorrectly believed that as of September 1 st 2016 it was illegal in the UK for businesses to use cats in their marketing campaigns without getting permission from the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority), therefore ads with cats started popping up all over London.

Both Network Rail’s Clapham Common, and Chiltern Railways play on this theme with adverts featuring cats in scenes around the railway depicting various safety protocols. London Underground also jumped on the cat bandwagon with a series of amusing posters. Clapham Common is one of those names that sounds either posh and fancy or like a place people live in when they don’t have the money to afford nearby Brixton. Or maybe both? Regardless, it exists and is somewhere you most likely know of.

And if not, you might have seen Clapham Common Station near Vauxhall on your way out to the airport or Liverpool Street with its incredibly cute adverts that replace all of the adverts inside the station for 2 weeks in September. Well I’m here today to tell you why exactly this occurs and what happened during the 2016 stunt. In the summer of 2016, the train station in Clapham, London installed an array of screens and allowed anyone to submit a photo of their cat via the Internet and the Train Station would display it in rotation.

The variation in breeds of cats was great, but no matter if it was a Siamese, Turkish Van, or British Longhair the amazement at how lovely all these cute furry creatures were organic emotions. Train stations are full of adverts. There are adverts on the walls, on the floors, on the trains themselves. They’re huge, they’re small, they’re everywhere and there are just so many. So why not replace them all with pictures of cats? That seems to be what TFL (Transport for London) thought! And why not? Everyone loves a cute cat picture.

The London Underground station, Clapham Common, was taken over by adorable cats. For 2 weeks in September 2016, all of the adverts used in the station were replaced on every poster tube, ticket stand and digital screen by photos of cats. Station staff also dressed up as cats for the duration of the festival. Source. London's Clapham Common underground station has been rebranded as "Catham Common" for the duration of the campaign.  The area around the station has also been turned into a garden inspired by a 1970 poster featured in a Swedish cats’ calendar.

Clapham North

We operate constantly, producing a wide range of fresh, ready to eat salads and leafy greens 365 days a year. We also chill, pack and distribute them. Our produce is grown in the fields above Clapham North Tube station in London 24 hours a day under 1250w high frequency highly efficient LED lighting. ". The UK has its first underground farm and it's in Clapham. Chamonix-based Airlight Energy has built a hydroponic farm under a branch of the Waitrose supermarket.

The company plans to grow salads, herbs and micro vegetables year-round using 10-15 sensors per growing tray. Crop in Clapham. You may see some strange sights if you go for a stroll along this lane. Piles of soil, unidentifiable living things under heat lamps, and possibly the scent of compost. This is because you’re walking on top of the UKs first ever underground farm. There is a real issue with food security, but we can no longer rely on fields and greenhouses.

We need to start growing crops in urban areas to solve this problem, and that's exactly what one startup in London is doing. On a recent visit to the Future Food District in Clapham, I got handed a small card that said: "Explore how we’re growing food underground – take a tour". If it happens to be Chorleywood then Lucky you. Chorleywood is a model which has massively influenced the way that Britain is consumed.

Clapham South

Clapham South is a future station in London that will be located on the Battersea branch of the Northern Line. It will be situated on Wandsworth Road at its junction with Clapham High Street, next to the site of the former Universal Laundry. The station was given approval as part of the Northern line extension project in 2008, and is expected to open in 2020. The station is located at the junction of Nightingale Lane which continues southwards to Streatham Common and Clapham Junction railway station.

Nightingale Lane was named after the Nightingale Estate, a development of large houses between Balham to the north and Tooting to the south that were built in 1852–1854. The branch to Clapham South serves four London Underground stations beyond Clapham North, Clapham Common, Stockwell and Oval. As much as many consumers hate to admit it, brands have become a central part of many people's lives. Of course there are negative aspects associated with this (which I will get on to) but what this means is that brands are in the driving seat of consumption.


The Piccadilly line is the fourth busiest line on the London Underground, with 114. 8 million people using the services provided in 2014/15. The Piccadilly line is a short line that runs from Cockfosters to Uxbridge, and has recently had a makeover as part of the modernisation of the line. Once upon a time there was a railway station called Cockfosters. Yes, that really is the name, but this is not a story about male chickens (known as cocks) or a farm near there (which would be rather silly).


Colindale was the work of George Mann, based on a much earlier book that had been produced by H. C. G. Matthew (a pseudonym for Charles Graves-Brown). The original text was intended for schoolchildren. It tells of a Roman fort in Britain some sixteen hundred years ago. The focus is on young Romulus, the son of the commander and his life at the fort. As with all historical fiction, there is an element of 'what might have been', but it is written with children in mind.

Colindale is a suburb of north London, England. It is in the London Borough of Barnet, north of Charing Cross. It is named after a historic hunting forest granted by William the Conqueror to the Colting family (later called the Coting or Cottnge family). The house built for Sylvanus Cottin (royal falconer) in 1538 still stands on Stoatley Avenue without windows or floors and was known as "Cotty's Folly" until recently, when it was sold to be redeveloped.

Colindale is a district in the north of London in the London Borough of Barnet. The neighbourhood is centred on Colindale Avenue and its side streets and is split between three wards: Colindale, Edgware and Hendon Central. The area was mainly developed in the 1920s and consists largely of well-spaced, red-brick houses – several with original fittings and details intact – as well as some large, ambitious 1930s estates. Colindale, in northern London, is one of the boroughs that make up London's Zone 2.

Other nearby areas include Cricklewood and Hendon, Kenton, Brent Cross, Arkley and Burnt Oak. In an earlier era, Colindale was essentially a remote village in Middlesex within easy reach of central London. Today it is at the heart of everything. ". Colin Dale (19 August 1888 – 4 May 1935), was the pen name of English author Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), during his early 20-year career as a freelance journalist.

Colliers Wood

One look at the station in Colliers Wood and it’s obvious that this building has been designed by the same man who brought us such icons as the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square. The site for Colliers Wood Station relocated London & Southern Railway services from two separate locations to a single location, along with a new branch line that had been built in 1889 to serve the nearby village of Mitcham Junction. The site was selected due to its position at one of the highest points on the railway line to avoid any steep gradients which would be required to climb from ground level into the semi-rural areas of southern London.

There are twenty-four listed pubs within 0. 3 miles of Colliers Wood Station, with twenty-one of those being in Tooting itself. All but three are within the boundaries of Bollo Lane which has a very strong focus on the 'boozing'aspect of life perhaps only rivalled by Earlsfield. The pub opposite is named after the architect who designed the station itself, Charles Holden. In fact, he designed a great many stations in his time.

Built around the same time as Penge West, Colliers Wood was also designed by Charles Holden. It’s actually a tale about love, romance, happiness and even heartache. Uxbridge was originally named Cockfosters due to the roosters that were held there in the days when it belonged to Uxbridge Manor, but this has led to confusion with Cockfosters London Underground Station. Fascinating fact about the Thameslink. It's so wide that it contains two Tube stations: East Croydon and West Croydon, one at either end of the line.

Covent Garden

The fact that the Underground is, for many, the best way to get around London (I certainly use it more than once a week) is obvious, but if you’ve paid attention to this article so far, you may have noticed that some of the details of how Londoners and tourists use transport here are not only interesting, but a little bizarre as well. And the same can be said about one of the two lines on the Underground in particular: the Jubilee Line.

A mile to the East and about a quarter of a mile in depth, London's premier underground stop: Covent Garden. If ever there was a place that illustrated the value of digging enormous deep holes in the ground, this is it. And what has been dug here? Stations, entertainment venues, shops and restaurants. In recent years it has lost its bit in all four categories and has become a slightly down-at-heel corner of the city.