Month: March 2021

  • Thomas Telford in detail

    Hyde Park Now-Thomas Telford in detail

    This isn’t some anatomical write-up on the composition of Thomas Telford’s body! Rather its a relatively unknown painting that commemorates his life’s work. There’s barely anything on the internet about this painting thus I deemed it an appropriate move to write a post about that work. How this came about is I didn’t know about […]

  • Which is better? Hidden London or Secret Vault?

    Hyde Park Now-Which is better? Hidden London or Secret Vault?

    Hidden London Hangouts or Secret Vault? That is the question! In terms of London’s underground system, which is better? It depends on the interests one has and whether they want more than just an official view of things. Hidden London Hangouts is a London Transport Museum virtual tour of the non public areas of the […]

  • Victoria tube station 1969 & after

    Hyde Park Now-Victoria tube station 1969 & after

    As noted earlier the new sixties built tube line was originally planned to be a more substantial affair, however it turned out somewhat austere which led to numerous complaints. The only real relief in terms of visual appreciation was at the most important station of all – Victoria. This was the attractive tiled motifs featuring […]

  • Victoria Line Royal Opening 1969

    Hyde Park Now-Victoria Line Royal Opening 1969

    The occasion on which HM The Queen officially opened the Victoria Line was no doubt the most momentous in terms of Royals on London’s Underground. Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra indeed officiated also with openings of extensions to Brixton and Heathrow plus the Jubilee Line from Baker Street to Charing Cross. This particular one stands […]

  • London’s first purpose built coach station for demolition

    Hyde Park Now-London's first purpose built coach station for demolition

    London’s first ever purpose built coach station will soon face the wrath of the rubble merchants – their task will of course be to bring the historic building right down to ground level and make sure its presence is removed from an iconic London setting for ever. This is a move which will permit replacement […]

  • Victoria tube station: Construction 1962 – 69

    Hyde Park Now-Victoria tube station: Construction 1962 - 69

    Continuing the series of comprehensive posts on the history of the Victoria Line – the new sixties tube was originally planned to be a more substantial affair, however as things turned out it gained a somewhat austere atmosphere – which led to a lot of complaints. The only real relief in terms of visual depreciation […]