Wigmore Hall

INTRODUCTION

This post is inspired by Charlotte Hoather who has just produced a blog about attending two concerts at this venue, of which I also have fond memories. She was able to take advantage of an offer whereby she gained admission to these concerts for £5 each because of a Sunday offer which is open to people under 35 (alas, no bargain admission for me these days!).

WIGMORE HALL

This venue is located very close to Bond Street station (Central, Jubilee and when it finally opens Elizabeth (aka crossrail) line), and is also close to a number of other stations. Here, courtesy of google maps, are a couple of pictures:

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GETTING THERE

You will note from the map above that as well as Bond Street, Baker Street, Regents Park and Oxford Circus are all within easy walking distance of Wigmore Hallwhich gives the following connections instantly:

Baker Street: Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee, Metropolitan, plus Marylebone mainline railway station.

Regents Park: Bakerloo line.

Oxford Circus: Bakerloo line, Central line, Victoria line

These connections leave three London Underground lines uncovered:

Piccadilly line: depending on the direction you are coming from either change to the Jubilee at Green Park or to the Central at Holborn and head to Bond Street.

Northern line: This one is trickier because there many different possibiities, but boiling it down I would say that if coming from either of the two branches at the northern end of the line get on a Charing Cross branch train and change at Tottenham Court Road to the Central line, if starting from a station at the Bank branch other than Bank (in which case get the central line) or London Bridge (in which case get the Jubilee line) change at London Bridge (Jubilee route is quicker than Central) to the Jubilee line (nb, given the number of extra stops and the fact that you would be alighting at a less close station it is not worth changing to the Bakerloo at Elephant & Castle, although the non-change route from that station merits consideration. Finally, if coming from the southern end of the line there is no question: Change at Stockwell and take a Victoria line train to Oxford Circus.

District line: At the extreme eastern end of the line a change to the Jubilee line at West Ham is obvious, while if slightly less far east the cross-platform change to the Central line at Mile End is recommended. If approaching from the West or Centre a change at Westminster to the Jubilee line will serve. Finally, if you are on the Edgware Road branch a change at Notting Hill Gate to the Central line is a possibility, as is a change at Edgware Road to go east to Baker Street – do not be tempted by the supposed interchanges at Paddington, the District & Circle line platforms with this designation are Paddington in name only.

Leaving aside Marylebone which is already accounted for, the main arrival points into London have connections as follows:

King’s Cross: Either Circle/ Hammersmith and City/ Metropolitan to Baker Street or Victoria to Oxford Circus.

Euston: Victoria to Oxford Circus.

Paddington: Hammersmith and City to Baker Street (the Bakerloo line route is one stop more and the platforms are further away, since those of the Hammersmith and City line are structurally part of the main station).

Victoria including coach station: Victoria line to Oxford Circus.

Waterloo: Jubilee line to Bond Street

Blackfriars: District/ Circle to Westminster and change to the Jubilee line.

London Bridge: Jubilee line to Bond Street

Fenchurch Street: District/ Circle from Tower Hill to Westminster, change to the Jubilee line

Liverpool Street: Central line to Bond Street or Circle/ Hammersmith and City/ Metropolitan line to Baker Street.

Moorgate: Circle/ Hammersmith and City/ Metropolitan to Baker Street.

 

Special Post: Highgate

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the latest installment in my series “London Station by Station“. I hope that you will enjoy this post and will be encouraged to share it.

OF MUSIC AND MARX

A CURIOUS HISTORY

One stop south of Highgate is Archway, which opened in 1907 and was for some time the northern terminus of the line. One stop to the north is East Finchley, which was first served by Northern line trains in 1939, having previously been part of the LNER. Highgate, our subject, only opened in 1941 – something of an afterthought.

TO THE UNKNOWN GODDESS

This title comes from a CD case, and concerns a story that began almost 400 years ago and that touches on Highgate…

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In 1619 a servant girl the household of the dramatist, librettist and poet Giulio Strozzi gave birth to an illegitimate child. The child, Barbara Strozzi, grew up in the household, becoming Giulio’s “figliuola elettiva” (elective daughter). Encouraged by Giulio she developed considerable musical talents and became known in her own lifetime as a composer and performer.

She is not so well known these days, but it was at Highgate that I first heard her music. The performance featured the same four people as the CD (Catherine Bott, Paula Chateauneuf, Timothy Roberts and Frances Kelly), which I bought that very evening.

A FAMOUS GRAVE

To be fair, quite a few well known people are buried in Highgate Cemetery, but I am confining myself to one. Karl Marx was buried there in 1883, and Marxism 2015, a five-day political event begins in London tomorrow afternoon. I will be there and I intend to put up regular blog posts and tweet about being at the event – watch this space.

TWO FINAL IMAGES

I finish this post as usual with two map pictures…

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The full map, spread out.
The full map, spread out.