Following on from my previous post about Gillespie Road, here’s the current sign for Arsenal FC in front of Emirates Stadium. Even tough this was taken on a Game Day the crowds have disappeared. Even the souvenir sellers and hot dog vendors were closing up shop:
If you’re not familiar with football and/or London you may wonder what makes Gillespie Road different from any other. Until 2006, the road served as the northern boundary to Arsenal Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club. Emirates Stadium, their new home, is just slightly further west.
Gillespie Road was also the name given to the current Arsenal Station until 1932, when the club pressured the tube for a name change (the original name can still be seen on the tiles at Platform level). Returning to the houses, to me they don’t look like the type you’d expect to find next to one the most popular football clubs in the country. However, that may be my North American upbringing where sports stadiums increasingly tend to be built far away from housing.
This sign for the Capital Ring circular walking route was seen along Seven Sisters Road. At 78 miles (126 km), the Capital Ring is actually the shorter of two orbital walking routes in London. The other – The London LOOP – is 152 miles (245 km) and passes the very edge of London, while The Capital Ring is relatively much more central.
It was very tempting to follow the Capital Ring during my walk as the stretch of Seven Sisters Road after it, was the ugliest part of my Victoria Line Walk and among the ugliest bits of London.
The area immediately around Tottenham Hale Station is not the nicest to look. However, these student colourful student flats really stood out. A little Googling revels that they are part of the Emily Bowes Court, Unite Student Accommodation, at up to £255 per week for a studio, they’re not exactly the cheapest London living option given the location.
Blackhorse Road Station is among the ugliest on the Victoria Line. However, during my walk I happened to pass by the station when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and got a photo of the sign.
I spotted this Anonymous sign at the now closed Focal Tuition school on Balckhorse Road. The building itself looked as though the school had left in a hurry.
If you look closely enough at many underground platforms, you’ll see a range of “hidden in plain sight” signs and features. I took this photo of mailbox for Staff Letters at Walthamstow Central Station. What are your favourite hidden or secret sights on underground platforms?
Photo of the tunnel at Finsbury Park station. The narrowness of the tunnel means Finsbury Park Station is the only Victoria line station without ticket barriers. Just be sure to tap out on one of the Oyster Card readers if you’re travelling on one to avoid a penalty fare.
During my station visits and walks I take a lot of random photos of London. I thought I might feature a few of them here while I’m writing my next major blog post. So over the coming days I’ll post photos from my Victoira line walk that didn’t make the cut into the blog post. Hope you enjoy.
Today’s picture is of the King’s Cross Clock Tower with the ugly green roof and CCTV camera also visible. The green roof is now being dismantled, which should make King’s Cross feel more open.