Moorgate opened on the Metropolitan Railway in December 1865. It gained its Northern line service in 1900, these platforms were initially called Moorgate Street.
In addition to the current Bank branch, it was also previously served by another branch of the Northern Line, commonly known as the Northern City Line, which ran from Moorgate to Finsbury Park. It was transferred over to British Rail in 1975. This line was the site of the worst peacetime disaster on the Underground when in February 1975, a southbound train failed to stop at Moorgate(the terminus), crashing into the wall at the end of the tunnel, killing 44 people. As no fault was found with the train, the Government inquiry was unable to establish a cause for the crash. Recent documentaries have speculated suicide on the part of the driver, Leslie Newson, but this has been strongly disputed by his family members.
The station was modernised in the 1960s and so has few historic features remaining at platform level. That said, TfL are currently marking the 150th Anniversary here with a number of ‘classic’ posters at platform level, as seen from the gallery.
The Pub: The Globe, 83 Moorgate, ECM2 6SA
The area around Moorgate is populated with a plethora of sleek glass modern office blocks housing banks and other major businesses. There is an interesting building dating from the turn of the 20th century just above the tube station. This was previously the headquarters of Cable and Wireless(hence their globe) and now used by London Metropolitan University. It’s also only a stones throw away from Liverpool Street. Given it is primarily a business district, this area is very quiet at weekends.
The Globe is a brief walk from the tube station, passing by a large Crossrail construction site en route. It’s a large, two storied pub with a dining room upstairs. Inside, the pub is decorated in a somewhat generic inner-city pub style, typical of those within the Nicholsons chain. As you’d expect, there is a standard menu of traditional ‘pub grub’, as well as the usual selection of ales. The pub is only open between 12 and 5 on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.
While this pub was inoffensive and the beer was fine, I didn’t really find anything to distinguish it from any other central London pub. If you’re stuck for a quick pint in the Moorgate area, this place will do fine. Otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to visit here.