Wembley Central first joined the Underground network on the Bakerloo Line on 16th April 1917. At that time the station was called ‘Wembley for Sudbury’. The main line rail station here actually opened as far back as 1842, then simply called Sudbury. It gained its present name in 1948, one assumes in connection with the the reconstruction work that had taken place at the station ahead of the Olympics that took place in London that year.
Like the other stations on the line North of Stonebridge Park, it briefly vanished from the tube map in 1982 before being reinstated two years later. These days there are a mix of services using the station, with trains operated by London Overground, London Midland and Southern all operating here alongside the Bakerloo services.
Its a pretty drab station, architecture wise. The platforms are quite nondescript with a robust dark ceiling covering them that supports the development above it. The current ticket hall is based underneath a modern office development – if you weren’t being observant then you could easily miss the station altogether! To be fair, its previous incarnation didn’t look much more inspiring towards the end of its life, as this photo shows.
The Pub: The Liquor Station, 397A High Road, HA9 6AA
The Liquor Station is a short five minute walk up Wembley High Road in the direction of the stadium. Its based in a striking early 20th Century building that used to be the area’s main post office.
It has a quite open, stripped back interior. It opened in its current guise in 2013 so everything still feels fairly fresh here. That said, there are a number of side sections which are set a little further back from the main bar. It was pretty quiet when we dropped by but I guess it isn’t really a Sunday afternoon place. Its open till 1am on Fridays and Saturdays so I have a feeling that’s when it really gets going and they have live DJs and the like. We sat on some of the comfy sofas near the front of the bar.
While the pub’s name perhaps doesn’t suggest it, there is usually ale available on tap. Sadly the Bombardier had run out and the Doombar had taken a bit of a funny turn on our visit so I decided to steer clear and went for a Kronenberg. Food wise, the menu mainly consists of Pizzas, burgers and the like. I went for some Cheesy Chips to push myself on and they did the job..
The Liquor Station is a decent enough place to grab a pint if you’re based in the area and definitely one of the stronger options I’ve seen in this part of London.