White City opened on 23rd November 1947 on the Central Line, between existing stations East Acton and Shepherd’s Bush, replacing Wood Lane, which incidentally is now also the name of a Hammersmith and City/Circle Line stop which is currently the newest tube station and so my final calling point…
The station building has a large Underground Roundel in its windowed frontage, slightly reminiscence of that seen at East Finchley. The design of the station also scooped an award in the Festival of Britain awards and is impressive in its own way.
The Pub: The Pavilion, Wood Lane, W12 0HQ
With so many tube stations clustered round here, it required careful planning not to visit a pub closer to one of the other stops here! The Pavilion is just over a 10-minute walk from White City but it’s a very simple route. Simply exit the station onto Wood Lane and head north up here until reaching the junction with North Pole Road where the pub is located.
Inside, its pretty large with several areas thanks to dividing walls – these have been opened up but perhaps back in the day partitioned the pub fully. It was just starting to get dark as we arrived and the brightness varied in the different sections – it seemed to get lighter closer to the back as you can see from the gallery. The decor is pretty generic yet inoffensive, including the often obligatory historic photos of the local area.
The Pavilion is part of Greene King’s ‘Flame Grill’ chain, so as you might expect the ales on tap are primarily from their brewery – Abbott, London Glory and their ubiquitous IPA. The food, as the name suggested, consists mainly of ‘flame grilled’ steaks and burgers, as well as other pub classics like Sausage and Mash and Fish and Chips. It also has a ‘Seniors Menu’ something which made me smile when I came across it at their pub near Brent Cross. Overall the food is very reasonably priced with ‘two main meals for £9.99’ applying to many dishes.
The pub has both Sky and BT Sports. There was also a quiz machine, although as it was located right under one of the TV screens I was less keen on playing than I usually would have been!. There is also a patio back garden with a fair amount of space.
The Pavilion is a solid if unspectacular spot for a pint if you’re in the West London area. Be warned though, it is apparently a popular haunt with QPR fans(Loftus Road is very nearby) so perhaps best avoided on matchdays.