Friday, December 01, 2006

Green Park Tube Station

View down Piccadilly outside Green Park Tube Station

This photo of the view from outside Green Park Tube Station in London is part of one of the panoramic images found on the Tour of London. There are over 100 images taken from around London linked to an interactive map.

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Green Park Tube Station is, as you might expect, located very close to Green Park in Zone 1, and one exit gives access directly to the park. There is very little of the tube station to see above ground except for a couple of signs beside the road and some stairs descending to the bowels of London.

Green Park Tube Station buried at the northern most point of the Green Park, next to the Ritz Hotel and about half way along Piccadilly, which links Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus. This road is normally very busy, unlike the impression given in this photograph, and standing in the middle of the road taking pictures is not (normally) recommended.

There is a lot to see and do around the station apart from the park itself. Walking into the park down the path there you will pass Spencer House, one of the most ambitious aristocratic residences in London, on the right and, a little further on, is St. James Palace and Clarence House. At the bottom of Green Park you will exit through some iron railings onto Queens Gardens in front of Buckingham Palace. The Victoria Memorial, sometimes called the Wedding Cake because of the shape, stands in the middle of this with Queen Victoria looking down the Mall towards Admiralty Arch at the other end.

You will often find artists selling paintings along the railings of the park. The surrounding shopping area is fairly expensive serving the tastes of those living in Mayfair. The Mayfair Curzon cinema is very close by, and the Shepherd Market is also worth a browse. The USA Embassy is just north of this in Grosvenor Square.

Green Park Tube Station was originally called Dover Street and opened in 1906, then rebuilt in 1933 and the ticket hall moved below ground. Several busses run along Piccadilly serving the station including the 8, 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38.

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The full panoramic image taken outside Green Park Tube Station can be found on the London tour by An enlargement of this photo can be found on Flickr. You can also find a marker for Green Park Tube Station on Tagzania.

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