Mornington Crescent’s fame extends well beyond the passengers that use it daily. It has been immortalised by the game of the same name which has appeared on long running Radio 4 Panel Show, ‘I’m Sorry, I Haven’t a Clue.’ since 1978. To the uninitiated, the game is a parody of strategy games with torturous and convoluted rules.
The station itself first opened on 22nd June 1907 on the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway. During the 1990s the station’s future looked in doubt. It closed temporarily in October 1992 to allow the replacement of the ageing lifts. It soon became clear further work was required, leading to fears cash strapped tube bosses would be unwilling to invest the funds necessary to reopen a comparatively little used station. Thankfully in April 1998 it was finally reopened by the cast of the radio show that had given it such infamy across Britain.
The renovation process preserved and restored the heritage features of the station at platform level. What I have always found curious here is the park-bench style seating on the platforms. I’m pretty sure this is the only deep level tube station with this seating!
The Pub: The Lyttelton Arms,1 Camden High Street, NW1 7JE
The Lyttleton Arms is right opposite the tube station – you can’t miss it. The pub is named after the late Humphrey Lyttelton, the chairman of ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ for over 30 years until his death in 2008.
Inside, it’s rather spacious. As well as the main area around the bar, there are some slightly more secluded areas with stripped back brickwork and comfy seats towards the back of the place. These seem more catered for those coming here to eat. We found ourselves a seat here as we’d have had no chance by the bar which was was rammed with people enjoying that first pint of the weekend!
On the ale front, there were a few solid offerings in Doombar, Trumans and Knights of the Garter. The food is advertised as coming from ‘Ruby Jeans’ diner, with a heavily burger orientated menu. One of the possible toppings for burgers here includes Monster Munch! Maybe after several Doombars, I’ll pop back and give it a try! Other options on the menu include fried chicken and hot dogs. It feels like greasy food, gastropub style.
With the club/venue Koko just opposite, The Lyttleton Arms is perfectly suitated for pre-gig beers. Overall, it’s a decent pub and I’d happily return for a beer or two.