Stanmore marks the northern terminus of the Jubilee Line. When it first opened, it was served by the Metropolitan Line until the Stanmore branch, and Met line stopping services, were transferred to the Bakerloo in 1939. It changed hands again on 1st May 1979 when the entire Stanmore branch was amalgamated into the new Jubilee Line and indeed made up the vast bulk of that line prior to its 1999 extension. The excellent London Reconnections website has just published an article about the early history of the Jubilee Line – recommended reading for all those who want to know more!
Architecture wise, the station makes a break from the Charles Holden designs I’ve just encountered on the Piccadilly Line. The main station building looks very similar to the one at Watford as it was designed by the same man, Charles W.Clarke. The ticket hall itself, although fairly plain, is currently brightened up by various Art on the Underground posters including one depicting various local stations and landmarks in symbols as you’ll see from the gallery.
The Pub: The Man in the Moon, Unit 1, Buckingham Parade, The Broadway, HA7 4EB
Being this far out from Central London, Stanmore is effectively a small town centre in its own right, with many buildings dating from the 1930s which would have sprung up with the railway. However that doesn’t mean there is a wide array of pub options so we ended up visiting the local Wetherspoons. It’s just under 10minutes from the station, heading west along London Road until you reach the ‘Broadway’, a parade of shops where you’ll find The Man in the Moon.
As its a Wetherspoons, there aren’t any great surprises inside here. Like many of their venues, its pretty large with lots of seating packed in, some of which is enclosed booths It was also really busy on our Wednesday evening visit, with the majority of people eating here, and we just managed to fit enough chairs round the very small table we were able to grab! They had a solid ale selection with options such as Abbott, Hobgoblin and Broadside alongside the more international ‘craft’ beers that even ‘spoons are now going for.
While most of the décor keeps to the standard ‘spoons style, there are plenty of photos of old Stanmore dotted around the place to remind you where you are. I also quite liked the stained glass window esque designs on the ceiling which you’ll notice if you look up!
In summary, The Man on the Moon is a pretty standard suburban Wetherspoons. Probably not the most exciting spot for a pint, but you’d be hard pressed to find much else round these parts!