Saturday, 9 April 2016

H is for Hyde Park Corner



The theme for my A-Z posts this year is London Underground Stations.  I've chosen a station for each letter and at the end of each post I've listed the other stations for that letter with their Wikipedia entries.  I've tried to visit each station and take my own photos.

Yesterday I wrote about Green Park Station which is on Piccadilly.  At the end of Piccadilly we reach Hyde Park Corner.  This is a major junction of well known London Roads, Piccadilly, Park Lane, Constitution Hill, Grosvenor Place and Knightsbridge.  It is a large one way system that also has an underpass.  It is also where you can enter Hyde Park.  There are several monuments on the site, including the Wellington Arch and Wellington Statue.  Not surprisingly Apsley House, just to the north of the junction was the Duke of Wellington’s first home.
Wellington Arch & Statue


The Ionic Screen

Decimus Burton’s Ionic Screen stands at the entrance to Hyde Park.  We are lucky to have such beautiful green spaces in the centre of London.  Hyde Park covers 350 acres.  It has the famous Serpentine Lake and the Princess Diana Memorial.  Hubby and I didn’t get to see much of it when we were visiting the stations so we’ll go back another day when we can take a picnic and hopefully not get caught in a rain shower (or two).  You can read more about it here.

 
The Serpentine in Hyde Park
Whoops digressing again.  The station!   
Pizza on the Park.jpg
By Amanda Slater - Flickr: Pizza on the Park, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30947313
Well the picture above is the original station façade.  The station opened in 1906 and serves the Piccadilly line.  Like other central London stations, the introduction of escalators has meant that the ticket office has been relocated underground and the street level entrances are just stairways down to the station.  They all have the eyecatching red and blue icon.  The original entrance was used as a Pizza restaurant but is now part of a hotel.
Entrance to Hyde Park Corner Station





Other “H” stations are:
Hounslow West


Next stop I is for ...?  Check back tomorrow to find out.

5 comments:

  1. I thought the subways in New York were complex...

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    1. We managed to navigate those when we were there in 2014. I think the Paris Metro is more confusing.

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  2. You know, it's a testament to the London Underground and you that your posts on the stations make me want to visit again. I don't think that could be said for most cities' public transportation!

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  3. I hope to visit London someday, thanks for sharing!

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