Colindale

Colindale first opened on 18th August 1924, as the Charing Cross and Euston Railway began its final northward extension to Edgware, which opened later that year. The original station building, designed by Stanley Heaps, closely resembled those at Hendon and Brent Cross.  During the Second World War, the station was bombed in 1940, 13 people were killed and 400 injured.

The attack also destroyed the station ticket hall. It was replaced by a ‘temporary’ structure that survived well into the 1960s. This was then followed by a rather typical and uninspiring ’60s station underneath an office block. This in turn has been replaced within the last year or so(Wikipedia still has a photo of the ’60s one) with a non-descript modern modular box.

Despite everything that happened above them, the structures on the platforms appear to date from opening and so have proved incredibly resilient in the face of wartime bombing and post war redevelopments!

The Pub: The Chandos Arms, 31 Colindale Avenue, NW9 5DS

The Chandos Arms is a very easy five minute walk from the tube station, simply head west along Colindale Avenue after leaving the station and you can’t miss it.

Inside, its a spacious pub with a large open plan area which you’ll come across first if heading in from the station. It changed hands a couple of years ago and decor wise, everything still seems fairly fresh. Even though we visited on a Monday night, there were a good few people here.

On the drinks front, there was a varied range of ales including their own Chandos beer which was a little sweet for me so I ended up going for Trooper, the Iron Maiden inspired beer.  Before going in, we noticed a sign saying ‘free hotdog with every drink’ and true to their word, we both were offered one after getting our beers. They were frankfurter sausages which weren’t massive but hey, you can hardly complain when getting it for free. As well as free hotdogs, The Chandos also serves up a wide range of pizzas and burgers, plus a few other pub staples.

We sat at the back of the main room. Just behind us was the pub’s ‘community calendar’, a grid with each day of the month and details of what was taking place. In addition to Monday being free hot dog day, Tuesday is two pizzas for a tenner, the offer replicated on Thursday but with burgers. Sunday is allocated as Jazz Club – nice! – with Comedy Club and Folk Club also taking place once a month.

The side room is clearly the music and games room with a small stage and various musical instruments adorning the walls. Just nestling beside the Piano is a snooker table and adjacent to that a dart board. In that regard, all that was missing was a Quiz Machine! Talking of games, there were also a selection of board games towards the back of the main room.  The Chandos also has a small back garden. There are speakers fixed to the wall here and music playing lightly in the background. I wonder if they can hook it up so you can enjoy Jazz Club alfresco?

I was really impressed by The Chandos Arms. Its refreshing to see a pub in the suburbs with so much life to it and its own unique charm. Its definitely worth a visit!

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