Hammersmith throws up the second of my deja-vu moments on the journey so far, as it is counted as two distinct stations for the purposes of Underground methodology. There is no within station interchange between the two so changing here from say the District to the Hammersmith and City line involves exiting either station and then crossing a busy roundabout.
This was the second of the two to open, on 9th September 1874, serving the Metropolitan District Railway and acting as the terminus of the line’s extension from Earl’s Court. The snappily titled Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway(now the Piccadilly Line) arrived here in 1908.
The station was demolished in the early 1990s and rebuilt incorporated into the then new ‘Broadway Shopping Centre’ . You can see the massive construction site in the opening titles for the BBC Comedy ‘Bottom‘ which was set in these parts. Some heritage features from the old station were preserved, such as the old wall tiles included in the gallery.
As you exit the mall, you are greeted by a rather curious statue. It is called ‘etcetera’ and was designed by the excellently named Crispin Guest, who sounds like he should be a Tory MP for somewhere in the Home Counties. I’m not sure whether it beats Edgware Road’s window cleaner mind you..
The Pub: The Swan, 46 Hammersmith Broadway, W6 0DZ
Leaving the station via the main entrance to the shopping mall, you’ll see the pub The Swan straight ahead of you on the other side of the road. The Swan is a fairly typical Nicholson’s pub, with a spacious downstairs bar area and an upstairs room reserved for diners. Like most in the Nicholson’s family, it has the usual range of ales such as Doombar and London Pride.
It seems like it was refitted fairly recently as I don’t remember it being so bright and abrasive, decor wise, last time I visited. The shiny gold touches felt particularly overdone in my opinion.
According to the pub’s own website, The Swan has its own unique link to Underground history. Back in the day, it was frequented by Edward Johnston who designed the iconic Underground roundel which bar a few cosmetic changes, remains in use across the network to this day.
Don’t get me wrong, The Swan is perfectly fine for a quick pint. But if you’re in the Hammersmith area and fancy a more engaging venue, I’d thoroughly recommend visiting The Hop Poles, from my previous visit, which boasts a roof terrace, garden and less shiny gold..