Park Royal Station first opened in June 1903 as Park Royal and Twyford Abbey, on the Metropolitan District Railway’s extension to South Harrow. It was built to serve the Park Royal showgrounds. When the Piccadilly Line took over the District Line services in 1931, the station was re-sited and reopened as ‘Park Royal’. In 1936, its name was modified again to Park Royal (Hanger Hill), but this was dropped in 1947 and it returned to its previous name.
Architecturally the station,rebuilt in 1936 in an art-deco, modernist style, is a marvellous example of the kind of designs that help to make London Underground so iconic. As with a station not too far from here(Chiswick Park), the ticket hall is topped with a tower – a totem to the tube you could say!
The Pub: Ten Pin Acton, Royale Leisure Park, Western Avenue, W3 0PA
Exiting Park Royal Station, you find yourself bang on the edge of the A40 with several lanes of traffic thundering past as well as an abandoned looking factory. It is certainly not the most welcoming vista you will see on leaving a station. However if you look into the distance, you will see several familiar sights of the London skyline.
Being on the edge of a main trunk road, pubs are hard to come by in these parts. With options limited, I took the suggestion of the bar in the Bowling Alley on the Park Royal Leisure Complex a couple of minutes south of the station. As well as the ‘Ten Pin’ bowling alley, there is a Vue cinema and several eateries such as KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Nandos. Fun for all the family!
The bar area is based behind the bowling lanes. There are a mixture of high ‘bar stool’ type seating as well as chairs slightly closer to the ground. Perhaps unsurprisingly the bar had no ales available so we opted for a couple of bottles of Peroni. On the food front, it seemed like the standard sports bar fare with platters, wedges, onion rings and the like. As well as a couple of fruit machines, there is a fussball table within the bar area. The overall complex also has a Sky Sports Licence.
Finding somewhere to drink near a station that is by a major trunk road was always going to be challenge. For me there was a definite novelty value in visiting a bar in a bowling alley which helped add to the fun. I’m not quite sure what reason you will have to get off at Park Royal but if you do want a drink nearby, you don’t really have many other options!