Kensal Green station first opened on the Bakerloo Line on 1st November 1916, with services also running on the London and North Western Railway from the same date.
The station gained infamy across the Capital in February 2006 due to the murder of Thomas ap-Rhys Price. At this time, the station was managed by Silverlink as the operators of the National Rail services and operated the station without any staffing for long periods of the day. The public debate over safety at stations in part could be seen as contributing to the TfL takeover of Silverlink services in 2007 and the launch of London Overground, with staffing from the first till last train and improved safety and other facilities.
Building wise, its a bit of an odd stop. It was rebuilt in 1980 and looks a bit like a village community hall to me – its a bit of a dull structure. It is a shame the old station was demolished as it looks like it had far more character, as this picture demonstrates.
The Pub: The Masons Arms, 655 Harrow Road, NW10 5NU
The Masons Arms is just a stones throw away from the station – head onto Harrow Road and you can’t miss it.
Its a spacious pub inside with nice, high ceilings commonplace in Victorian buildings. The smart decor shows its current styling as a gastropub, albeit one which has preserved a number of heritage features. These include cut glass windows and a rather grand clock/mirror combination, as you can see in the gallery. In a more modern piece of decoration, there are pictures of Fish on the wall – I’m not quite sure what the meaning of them was!
On the beer front, The Masons had a fair offering of ales on our visit. Wandle and Greene King IPA were complimented by the Rugby themed Zinzan’s Drop, named after the scorer of a legendary drop goal for the All Blacks against England in the Semi Final of the 1995 World Cup. Food wise, its mostly solid pub fare like Sausage and Mash and Burgers, as well as slightly more refined selections like steamed mussels.
As well as being roomy inside, it also has an expansive beer garden. It was still a bit cold for this on our visit but we are surely getting closer to the time where it will be packed out. The pub also has a BT and Sky Sports licence too and was packed out with fans watching the FA Cup on our visit. Their website also advertises regular DJ nights at weekends.
All in all, The Masons Arms is a fine pub. With such a decent sized beer garden, it will be a real hot spot during the summer months too!