Ladbroke Grove to Westbourne Park
On leaving Ladbroke Grove tube station the first thing that catches my eye is this striking pattern on the side of the railway bridge.
Ladbroke Grove is the station closest to the famous Portobello Road market. Some people want the station to be renamed to Portobello Road Market to reflect this.
Just before reaching Portobello Road I pass this optometrist with some interesting artwork on the front. It is not often you find Gandhi and Harry Potter together.
As it is a Monday morning there isn’t much of a market on but here are a few photos from Portobello Road.
I pass a number of housing styles before getting to the next station.
Here is Westbourne Park underground station.
Westbourne Park to Royal Oak
Right outside Westbourne Park tube station I find a dog waiting. It reminds me of a which is full of dogs waiting for their owners to return.
The track here runs parallel to the Westway. I take the nearest road to this which is Westbourne Park Villas.
Royal Oak station is on the bridge which connects the areas North of the Westway with those to the South. In this area of London the Westway create a big divide between the North and South. The area to the South is home to much more expensive housing than the areas just to the North.
Royal Oak to Paddington
I walk along Gloucester Terrace and then along Bishop’s Bridge Road.
The Bishop’s Bridge itself is a new bridge crossing the railway lines into Paddington. Around the bridge are many new glass offices and flats.
Paddington Station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. A statue of Brunel sits in the West entrance of the station. From here he looks into the station covered by its wrought iron arches.
The entrance to the Hammersmith & City line underground station is to the North of the station.
Paddington to Edgware Road
Paddington Bear was named after the station. On my way out I head to the two places in the station which give a nod to the bear. There is a stall selling Paddington Bear books and toys, and a statue of the bear.
Heading along Praed Street I come to St. Mary’s Hospital. It was here that Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. A plaque marks the room where this discovery was made.
Near the hospital is the Paddington Basin development.
After leaving the Paddington Basin area I get to Edgware Road station.
Edgware Road to Baker Street
I head along Marylebone Road, home to many very large buildings and hotels.
It is a straight line to Baker Street and it doesn’t take long to get there.
Baker Street to Great Portland Street
Baker Street is home to the TFL Lost Property office. Looking in the window I can see that many children have been losing their soft toys.
Baker Street is most famous for being home to Sherlock Holmes, the detective featured in the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Sherlock Holmes Museum is on Baker Street, as is the self-proclaimed dry cleaner to Sherlock Holmes. Outside the station on Marylebone Road is a large statue to the fictional super sleuth.
Madame Tussaud’s is the most popular tourist attraction on Marylebone Road. The building was home to the London Planetarium, the dome is visible here, but in 2006 it shut and the space is now used by Madame Tussaud’s.
Most roads which have the word ‘crescent’ in their name happen to be in the shape of a crescent, and Park Crescent is no exception. It is one of (it not the most) famous crescent shaped road around.
Just a few tens of metres away is Great Portland Street underground station, the next stop on the Hammersmith & City line.
Great Portland Street to Euston Square
Along Euston Road are more of those glass office building which are appearing all over London.
There are some quirky shops as well such as this one dedicated to the games of chess and bridge.
I pass the UCL Hospital for the second time on my tube walking journeys (the first was on the Victoria line). This hospital’s most recent claim to fame is being the location where former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was treated and then died as a result of polonium poisoning.
Once past the hospital I reach Euston Square, the final stop for today.
Hammersmith & City Line Walk – Day 2 Summary
This section of the Hammersmith & City line walk will take about two hours for you to complete.