Farringdon is the last of the original stations on the first stretch of the Metropolitan Railway from 1863. It opened as Farringdon Street. It moved to its present location in December 1865 as the line was extended to Moorgate. It was then renamed Farringdon and High Holborn in 1922 before becoming Farringdon in 1936.
The station building dates from the ‘High Holborn’ period, as this can still be seen on the sign on the building’s exterior walls. The station itself runs alongside platforms for the Thameslink North-South London link. This is currently being extensively upgraded as part of the ‘Thameslink Programme’ with major building works also spilling across to the tube platforms.
Farringdon will also be a location on the new ‘East-West’ Crossrail route, with a stop between the present Farringdon and Barbican tube stations. Indeed, Farringdon gained infamy last week when Crossrail workmen hit a plague pit dating from the Black Death era. 13 Skeletons have already been found with the Evening Standard predicting there could be up to 50,000 more.
The Pub – The City Pride, 28 Farringdon Lane, Clerkenwell, EC1R 3AU
Plague Pits were not enough to deter us from venturing in search of a pub. Farringdon Station is located towards the edge of the city, close to the Clerkenwell district. Indeed it is this area north of Farringdon that is somewhat of a black spot for tube stations, at least by North London standards, as it is fair distance before you reach Angel.
We headed a short distance up Turnmill Street to reach Farringdon Lane and The City Pride. On a cold and wet Saturday evening, the pub was warm and welcoming. It had a very cosy feel and was busy without being rammed. It had the vibe of a good local pub, which surprised me given how close it is to the city. It’s a Fullers Pub so London Pride and co on the taps.
In addition to the main bar, there was a back partition with comfy sofas which is where we sat. We also tried some of their home made Pizzas. I have to say I don’t really think of pizza as pub food but they certainly pulled it off. I was rather taken with The City Pride and will definitely be heading back.
Good beer and good pizza, what more could you want?