Decor For The Envisaged Piccadilly Line Terminus At Welwyn Garden City


When I created my post about the Piccadilly Line one of my envisaged extensions was north from Cockfosters to Welwyn Garden City. Apart from the value of establishing an extra connection in that part of the world, there was also an extra reason for this, which I cover in more detail in my post on the Central line.


I recently acquired a Butterfly themed first day cover, which on closer inspection showed a connection with Welwyn Garden City as well. Here are the pictures:


Several ideas occurred to me about using these on the Piccailly line platforms that I envisage at Welwyn Garden City:

  1. Tiling patterns on the platforms (a regular feature at London Underground stations these days). These would all look fine in a tiling display.
  2. Stained glass windows such as those on display at Uxbridge at the other end of the line.

3. A small butterfly exhibition (you can see examples of this sort of thing dotted about the Tunnelbana, Stockholm’s equivalent of London Underground)

4. Possibly a special ‘Red Admiral’ roundel somewhere.



There has been a station at Uxbridge since the late 1880s, but the current station (four platforms, two for each of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines) was built in the 1930s when the Piccadilly line took over what had been the Uxbridge branch of the District. This station is one of the most iconic designs of Charles Holden, the greatest name in London Underground architecture. 

There is a cricket ground in Uxbridge which Middlesex sometimes play first class games at, and Uxbridge is also home to Brunel University, named in honour of one of the greats of railway history. 

Here are some pictures of Uxbridge station:

Student Central


On Saturday I attended an event at Student Central, formerly known as the University of London Union (ULU), on Malet Street – for more details please click here. Student Central is walkable from many stations, and as it is far more than just a student venue, this post aims to set out these various connections.


Student Central is walkable from the following stations:


For those coming into London from outside, the best routes from the main places at which you would arrive and which are not within walking distance are:

  • Finsbury Park if on a stopper from Cambridge or Peterborough – straight choice between Victoria to Euston or Piccadilly to Russell Square
  • Moorgate – Metropolitan/ Circle/ Hammersmith & City to Euston Square or Northern to Euston
  • Liverpool Street – Metropolitan/ Circle/ Hammersmith & City to Euston Square or Central to Tottenham Court Road.
  • Fenchurch Street – Circle line to Euston Square.
  • London Bridge – Northern line to Euston
  • Victoria (including the Coach Station) – Victoria line to Warren Street
  • Waterloo – Northern to Tottenham Court Road
  • Paddington – Hammersmith and City to Euston Square – do not be tempted by the fact that the District & Circle lines have a station officially designated as Paddington – the Hammersmith and City platforms are structurally part of the main station.
  • Marylebone – walk to Baker Street and get and eastbound train to Euston Square.

Here to end this post is a map showing Student Central…