Barons Court Station first opened on the District Railway on 9th October 1905. On 15th December 1906 the newly opened Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway began calling here.
Barons Court is another fine example of station architecture. It was designed by Harry Ford, who was also behind other District Line stations such as Embankment and Earl’s Court. The station building, which is Grade II listed, is excellently preserved with its terracotta coloured exterior. The decorative metalwork above the station sign is very impressive, as are the distinctive green tiles in the ticket hall.
Traditional structures also remain at platform level, with the old ‘lightbox’ indicators for the destination of the next train. An interesting feature here is the station sign incorporated onto the back of the benches on the platforms. Barons Court is also one of those handy stations which offers a cross-platform interchange between the two lines it serves.
The Pub: The Curtains Up, 28A Comeragh Road, W14 9HR
The Curtains Up is a short five minute walk from the station. After heading south down Gliddon Road, turn onto Barons Court Road until you reach Vereker Road. The pub is located on the junction with Comeragh Road.
With a name like The Curtains Up, you will get no prizes for guessing this particular pub has the Theatre based downstairs. The Barons Court Theatre has been running since 1991 and according to my friends at Wikipedia, recent shows have included Crime and Punishment and A Doll’s House. As we visited on a Sunday, the venue was playing host to ‘The Magic Cavern’, an afternoon magic show.
The pub itself has a spacious, modern interior. It all feels very light and open, thanks both to the white-painted walls and numerous windows looking out onto the outside world. There is also a selection of comfy chairs and sofas, items that no good gastropub could do without.
On the ale front, there was a nice mix on our visit. Trumans Runner, Doombar and Youngs Best. Given our relative proximity to Wandsworth, I had to go for Youngs. Food wise, you’re looking at gastropub staples such as burgers and fish and chips, as well as a decent range of desserts.I was feeling a bit peckish and went for a side of chips. In retrospect though, I wish I’d have tried something from their bar snacks range like BBQ wings or Calamari, as I was still feeling a little hungry after the chips.
As an added bonus, The Curtains Up also has TVs and a Sky Sports licence. There is also a pub quiz running every Sunday with a nice chalk board advert for it on the wall asking would be participants whether they are Smarter than Homer Simpson.
The Curtains Up really felt like the kind of pub you could while away a lazy Sunday afternoon in. Definitely worth a visit if you’re based in West London.