The Pink Line

The London Underground has been one of the city’s main forms of transport since the the late 1800’s; it comprises of 11 lines that links to 270 stations around and just outside of the city. It takes a staggering 4.8 million riders every day, whether they are Londoners commuting to work or visitors taking in the sights, it is one of the quickest way to get around.

The Hammersmith & City line opened in 1864 and it stretches 15.8 miles covering 29 stations. It begins in Hammersmith where there are a wealth of eateries, the LUMA Concept Hotel Hammersmith and a shopping centre, then it goes through Goldhawk Road and Shepherd’s Bush Market. Shepherd’s Bush Market is over a hundred years old, it is world famous for its falafel and fabric and it holds over 90 traders that sell local and wider community produce. There are traders who have been at the market for decades and some who have only recently come on to the scene and it is a great place to grab a bargain.

From Shepherd’s Bush Market, the Hammersmith & City line train travels through Wood Lane, Latimer Road, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park Station. Westbourne Station is a great place to alight if you’re looking great places to eat or you want to peruse one of the most famous markets in Britain, Portobello Market. Portobello Market is the world’s biggest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling their wares so there is little wonder why visitors from all over the world fly in to attend this market. Whether you are looking for a new piece for your home or whether you just want to experience the Portobello Market, just remember it is only a short walk away from Westbourne Station.

After Westbourne Station comes Royal Oak and Paddington Station, one of the busiest and well known stations in Britain. From Paddington you can travel all over Britain including southern England and Wales and you can even take a fast train to Heathrow airport. Edgware Road leads on to Baker Street Station where you can alight for Madame Tussard’s wax museum and experience what it would be like to get up close and personal with some of your favourite celebrities. Next come Great Portland Street, Euston Square and King Cross St Pancras which is not only home to the Eurostar but it is the train station that is home to Platform 9 3/4 in the Harry Potter franchise; there is even a small shop to pay homage to the platform itself.

Farringdon, Barbican, Moorgate lead to Liverpool Street which is one of the main business hubs in London and caters to bankers and insurance brokers. Aldgate East runs into Whitechapel which is one of the more infamous places in London due to its link with Jack the Ripper, the serial killer that murdered prostitutes in the late 1800’s; you can take a tour guided by a Jack the Ripper expert and visit all the murder sites. Stepney Green, Mile End, Bow Road, Bromley-by-bow, West Ham, Plaistow, Upton Park, East Ham bring up the rear of the tube line while Barking is the final destination.

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