Euston Square Station opened in January 1863 as Gower Street, taking its current name in 1909. Following the development of the Northern and Victoria Lines, this area is now particularly well served by other Underground Stations. The station is located on the Euston Road, a short walk from both Euston and Warren Street Stations. It is served by Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan Line trains.
Perhaps because it finds itself nestling in between these other stations, Euston Square feels a bit neglected to me. It has lost much of its original historic features at platform level, in contrast to the atmospheric arches at Great Portland Street and Baker Street. Overall, it feels like it could do with a bit of a revamp.
Above ground, it does to be fair have a new entrance which opened underneath The Wellcome Trust’s offices in 2006. Overall, I think the station suffers from being stuck at such a busy section of the Euston Road. It is also close by University College Hospital’s new building that opened in 2005. It was at the same hospital that the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died in November 2006 after being poisoned, an event that to this day still causes tension in Anglo-Russian relations.
The Pub: The Crown and Anchor, 137 Drummond Street, NW1 2HL
Finding a pub for Euston Square Station isn’t easy. The stretch of Euston Road where the station is located is populated by office blocks. We ventured up North Gower Street to The Crown and Anchor on Drummond Street.
On a rainy Saturday lunchtime, it was unsurprisingly fairly quiet. It’s a fair sized gastropub with a decent selection of ales including ‘Hoptimus Prime’. I wasn’t feeling lucky so I decided to play it safe with a Doombar.
As you’ll see from the photos, the interior is decked out in a smart, modern way. There are also a few eclectic touches as you might spot in the background of the photo.
My own favourite spots in this area are slightly further East, closer to Euston Station, which I will cover in due course. But if you find yourself dazed by the busy traffic and office blocks of the Euston Road, you could do far worse than nipping off for a quick pint or two in the Crown and Anchor.