After my trek up to Zone 7, I was rather pleased to return to the relatively central(in comparison) East Putney in Zone 2. It first opened on the Metropolitan District Railway on 3rd June 1889 as part of the extension of that line to Wimbledon.
The station was initially served by mainline rail services when it first opened, as the extension of the branch had been built by the London and South Western Railway. Despite these services ending way back in 1941, the section of line still remained the property of British Rail until privatisation in 1994, when it was sold to London Underground for the tidy sum of £1.
Architecturally, East Putney is a rather interesting station. In addition to the pleasing but standard ticket office building, there is a rather striking station sign, as captured in the gallery. After doing a bit of research myself(first time for everything..) it seems as if it was put up in 1982 by part of a PR exercise by British Olivetti. It was even called ‘Piazza Di Putney’ – well, it was the 1980s…
The Pub: The Prince of Wales, 138 Upper Richmond Road, SW15 2SP
You can tell East Putney is a fairly salubrious area, the station itself has a florist in situ for all those commuters who may have forgotten an anniversary/the birthday of a loved one. Providing you haven’t, head a short distance up Upper Richmond Road which will bring you to The Prince of Wales. Don’t head too far up or you’ll end up at Fez Club..
The pub has a rather pristine looking exterior, painted in white. The interior itself is a mix of the traditional pub vibe with the wooden panels and the modern gastro with its uncluttered, well lit layout. A particularly nice touch to me is the collection of old tankards on the wall.
On our visit, there were a couple of interesting ales on offer, including Red Head and Tunnel Vision which I went for. When I pick a beer on the basis of its name, I am always a little apprehensive but this was a good solid pint. At £4, it was a little pricey but I suppose keeping the outside of the pub that clean isn’t cheap.
During our visit there was also a guy playing acoustic guitar. I’m not sure if he had any connection with the pub or was trying to launch an impromptu open mic night. He wasn’t a patch on the gent that we came across in Putney Bridge in July though!
The Prince of Wales was another good find. Certainly worth dropping in if you’re passing through!