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London’s Alleys: Craven Passage, WC2
London’s Alleys: Craven Passage, WC2

London’s Alleys: Craven Passage, WC2

In an area where most of the old roads were swallowed up by the railway, Craven Passage is a rare survivor of a path that dates back to when the area first started to be developed.

Apr
06
2020
London’s Alleys: George Court WC2
London’s Alleys: George Court WC2

London’s Alleys: George Court WC2

A short alley near Charing Cross that is today probably more famous for its sole commercial occupant, the Retro Pub.

May
20
2019
Go into the disused tunnels at Charing Cross tube station
Go into the disused tunnels at Charing Cross tube station

Go into the disused tunnels at Charing Cross tube station

In the 1970s, to help dig the new Jubilee line at Charing Cross, a series of long access tunnels had to also be dug -- and they're still down there, empty and abandoned.

May
08
2019
The Great Storm tree at Charing Cross station
The Great Storm tree at Charing Cross station

The Great Storm tree at Charing Cross station

Outside Charing Cross station is a tree. An ordinary tree like all the others planted in the area. No one pays it any attention unless they walk into it. But this is a special tree.

Oct
16
2018
London’s Alleys: York Place (formerly Of Alley), WC2
London’s Alleys: York Place (formerly Of Alley), WC2

London’s Alleys: York Place (formerly Of Alley), WC2

Welcome to York Place, for that's its modern name, yet it used to be curiously called Of Alley, and why it was so called is just as curious as the name itself.

Aug
06
2018
Charing Cross tube station’s ticket hall to close next month
Charing Cross tube station’s ticket hall to close next month

Charing Cross tube station’s ticket hall to close next month

Part of Charing Cross tube station is to close from next month for nearly a year as TfL revamps the rather tired 1970s decor of the ticket hall.

Aug
30
2016
Ticket Alert: Free visits to a disused tube station
Ticket Alert: Free visits to a disused tube station

Ticket Alert: Free visits to a disused tube station

As mentioned a few weeks ago, there is to be a one-night art event in Central London, and tickets are now about to go on sale.

May
08
2016
Unbuilt London: The embankment railway
Unbuilt London: The embankment railway

Unbuilt London: The embankment railway

Imagine a railway, working without steam, running on tall columns along the banks of the Thames -- for that was a scheme created to link Blackfriars with Charing Cross in the 1840s.

Mar
19
2016
Abandoned tube station tours announced
Abandoned tube station tours announced

Abandoned tube station tours announced

Tickets to tour three disused disused tube stations go on sale on Wednesday morning.

Sep
22
2015
Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad
Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad

Unbuilt London: How Charing Cross nearly became a giant helipad

Imagine if you will, a giant flat surface larger than Trafalgar Square overhanging the River Thames -- this was the proposed central London Helidrome.

Jun
20
2015
Watch films inside Charing Cross tube station
Watch films inside Charing Cross tube station

Watch films inside Charing Cross tube station

You wait ages for a disused tube station story, and two come along at once. Such as this opportunity to watch some classic movies inside a disused tube station.

Apr
29
2015
Tours of disused tube stations and tunnels announced
Tours of disused tube stations and tunnels announced

Tours of disused tube stations and tunnels announced

Later this year there will be two opportunities to visit either, or both, of an underground WW2 shelter, or a disused tube station.

Apr
14
2015
How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished
How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished

How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished

Earlier this year I noted the 150th anniversary of the opening of London's Charing Cross railway station, but it came very close to being a eulogy for a long since closed station.

Jul
27
2014
150th anniversary party at Charing Cross this Saturday
150th anniversary party at Charing Cross this Saturday

150th anniversary party at Charing Cross this Saturday

It seems that Charing Cross railway station is having a bit of a birthday party this Saturday (12th April) to mark 150 years of operations.

Apr
10
2014
Tube map covers on display
Tube map covers on display

Tube map covers on display

Every so often London Underground issues a new tube map, and apart from the usual pouring over the changes on the map, there is often quite a bit of fuss about the design of the front cover of the pocket leaflets handed out in stations.

Apr
02
2014
Chance to see inside the Lost Church under Charing Cross Station
Chance to see inside the Lost Church under Charing Cross Station

Chance to see inside the Lost Church under Charing Cross Station

There sits underneath the forecourt of Charing Cross railway station a hidden marvel, the remains of a Hawksmoor designed church that is today sealed off and hidden -- except for one prominent and often misattributed visible sign of its existence.

Apr
01
2014
As if a million tube geeks cried out in horror….
As if a million tube geeks cried out in horror….

As if a million tube geeks cried out in horror….

Our colonial cousins have been on our side of the pond filming a series of new programmes for the apparently very popular television series, 24.

Mar
28
2014
Where is the first railway bridge out of London?
Where is the first railway bridge out of London?

Where is the first railway bridge out of London?

A number of railway lines feed into, or out of London, depending on your perspective, and many of them pass over roads, or above viaducts -- so which is the first railway bridge heading out of London?

Feb
23
2014
150th anniversary of Charing Cross Railway Station
150th anniversary of Charing Cross Railway Station

150th anniversary of Charing Cross Railway Station

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the grand -- well, actually not so grand -- opening of London Charing Cross railway station.

Jan
11
2014
Sherlock and the Curse of the Tube Pedants
Sherlock and the Curse of the Tube Pedants

Sherlock and the Curse of the Tube Pedants

I didn't watch the latest episode of the latest attempt to cash in on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's magazine sketch on the night it was broadcast, but the wails of despair were audible (or tweetable) throughout London.

Jan
03
2014
Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames
Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames

Unbuilt London: Victorian Railway Stations that Tried to Span the Thames

Blackfriars railway station has recently become the first station to span right across the River Thames, with entrances on both sides of the river – but it wasn’t the first time that someone tried to put a railway bridge across

Oct
06
2012
The Original Hungerford Bridge
The Original Hungerford Bridge

The Original Hungerford Bridge

When the Millennium (aka, Wobbly) Bridge was opened by the Tate Modern, it was heralded as marvel partly for its construction, but also for being devoted solely to pedestrians. This was not the first pedestrian only bridge over the Thames

Apr
09
2010