My new mission is to visit a pub for every National Rail station in Greater London. There are 330 in total. However my final tally of pubs may end up being slightly less than that, there are a number of stops which are served both by overground trains and the tube. For some of these stops, there is only one pub by that station. In these rare instances, it would seem silly to simply revisit a pub I did for the tube leg of the blog. This situation is likely to crop up towards the end of the journey so I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
I’m keeping the same rules I used for all the tube stops. The pub doesn’t have to be the closest to that station, however it can’t be closer to any other stations. This time around though I’m visiting the stations in a more geographic order. I’ll be working my way through all the London terminus stations, visiting all the stations within Greater London which trains starting at that station call at.
I’m starting at Waterloo and then moving anti-clockwise across London, ending up at Paddington. There is every chance Crossrail will be open by the time I get there, so that would be a fine way to close off this incredibly long journey. I’ll be keeping an updated list of the next 20 stations I’m due to visit if you want to leave any recommendations either on here or on Twitter.
(Below is the text setting out The Mission behind the first stage of the blog)
The idea behind this blog is marking London Underground’s 150th anniversary by visiting a pub for each of the 270 stations on the network.
The journey started in March 2013 at Paddington Station, where the first train on what is now the Underground departed on 9th January 1863 and is progressing on the order each Underground station opened to the public.
The journey will end at Wood Lane Underground Station, which opened on 12th October 2008.