Golders Green first opened on 22nd June 1907 as the terminus of the Hampstead branch of the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway. It remained the end of the line until November 1923 when the extension to Hendon Central opened.
It’s the first station I’ve encountered so far on the Northern Line above ground. The traditional platform canopies look very similar to those I saw at earlier stops like Westbourne Park and could well date back to when it first opened. The walkways through to the ticket-hall have tiling in keeping with the style seen on other Northern Line platforms.
Golders Green is also served by a National Express Coach Stop outside the tube station, used by both TfL services and coaches heading to Stansted Airport or southbound to Victoria.
The Pub: The Refectory, 911 Finchley Road, NW11 7PE
When you get off the tube at Golders Green, there are no pubs or bars that immediately catch your eye. Indeed it all looked a bit barren on the Tuesday evening we stopped by. The Refectory is very close to the station, down Finchley Road just before you come to the railway bridge.
It feels a bit like a pre-club venue here with TVs showing music channels and offers on shots like Jagermeister. There are no ales available here but there are decent lagers in the shape of Peroni and the Czech Beer Krusovice. It serves food with a menu made up of standard pub dishes as well as baguettes and jacket potatoes. It also has a Sky Sports Licence, which seems slightly less obvious for a place like this!
The garden/patio area here is quite funky with an array of colourful lights illuminating the plants as well as some water features too. In short, The Refectory was perfectly fine to have a quick pint in. However I don’t think there is too much here that warrants making the trip up here to visit it.