Green Park first opened on 15th December 1906 on the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway. The station, like others on this stretch of the Piccadilly Line, was rebuilt in the 1930s to allow the replacement of lifts with escalators. The main entrance to the station is based at the bottom of a rather grand building on the North side of Piccadilly.
The Victoria Line began calling here in 1969, followed by the Jubilee Line in 1979. I wouldn’t recommend changing onto the Piccadilly Line from either the Victoria or Jubilee, it’s quite a fair old walk underground between the two.
The station was modernised a few years back ahead of the 2012 Olympics to allow the introduction of lifts and step-free access. These are accessed on the south side of Piccadilly, where there is also a new station canopy designed by John Maine called Sea Strata.
The Pub: Ye Grapes, 16 Shepherd Market, W1J 7QQ
Ye Grapes is located around 5 minutes walk from the station. You need to head west along Piccadilly itself until you reach White Horse Street. Head up that street until you reach Shepherd Market where the pub is located. Incidentally, Shepherd Market itself, with its village community feel in the heart of central London(as put on their website!), is also well worth an explore.
Based on the corner of the market area, Ye Grapes is perfectly situated in terms of providing an outside space for drinkers. The pub, which proudly proclaims its Victorian heritage dating back to 1882, has a cosy traditional interior with a painted red ceiling and chandeliers. There is a raised seating area towards the door, with the area around the bar more designed for standing.
On the ale front, there were decent staples such as London Pride and Doombar available when we dropped in. The food offering is slightly more interesting. As well as traditional options such as burgers and hot dogs, both of which were on special offer throughout the World Cup, Ye Grapes also has a full Thai kitchen operating in the upstairs of the pub. I couldn’t resist a burger for a fiver and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
Although the pub was heavily decorated with World Cup flags, I could still make out some other interesting items on the wall, including a Moose’s head on the back wall! It was pretty busy on our visit, with plenty of people like us watching the moment where Spain were rather meekly eliminated from the World Cup by Chile.
I was very impressed with Ye Grapes. I am always a bit wary of pubs in the heart of Central London, especially around the West London, but this is a really solid place. It’s definitely worth visiting!
(The pub has no website)