Rayners Lane first opened as Rayners Lane Halt on 26th May 1906 on the Metropolitan Railway’s branch to Uxbridge. The station name derives from a local farmer, called Daniel Rayner, who owned a farm on nearby land.
In 1910, the District Line services started calling at the station, via a junction connecting the station with South Harrow and allowing services on that line to operate up to Uxbridge. This route was transferred over to the Piccadilly Line in 1933.
Like others in this area, the station was rebuilt in the early 1930s to the designs of Charles Holden, complete with art-deco shelters at platform level and European style ticket hall with cloistral style windows.
On one of the platforms there is a small station garden, complete with flower bed and a number of hanging baskets. It serves as a nice contrast to the harsh metallic fencing and grey retaining wall behind the platform.
The Pub: The Village Inn,402-408 Rayners Lane, HA5 5DY
Rayners Lane is another typical slice of suburbia – the area around the station is made up of what looks like a 1930s shopping parade with low-rise housing based above them. The Village Inn is based on this precinct, a couple of minutes down from the station. It’s a Wetherspoons but with options limited, we didn’t really have much choice.
It’s pretty spacious, as most Wetherspoons are. There are two main areas, one based around the bar and an additional seating areas down a small flight of stairs, divided up into booths. There is also an ample garden/patio area at the back of the pub.
The Village Inn, like many other ‘spoons pubs, has a decent selection of ales with Doombar, Knights of the Garter and Bombardier all available on tap. With the World Cup in full swing on our visit, the pub was decorated with many flags, including a couple of large England ones. As well as a couple of TVs, a projector was also on hand to show the games.
There is a nice historical touch with a display on the walls about ‘Metroland’, the name given to the developments that sprung up across North West London following the development of the Metropolitan Railway. Rayners Lane fits into this model neatly, with much of the area being built up in the late 1920s and 1930s.
The Village Inn is a perfectly acceptable place to grab a pint in Rayners Lane. There isn’t anything particularly standout-ish about it but then again, you wouldn’t really expect it from a suburban ‘spoons.