#StationStories - the Bond Street edition

This is Bond Street station, our next stop on the #StationStories tour...please mind the gap between the train and the platform. 

Bond Street Tube station
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Founded: 1900
Lines: Central and Jubilee

Bio: Bond Street Tube station opened on 24th September 1900 by the Central London Railway. It’s located at the heart of London's West End, the busiest shopping district in the UK - serving tourists, residents and businesses in the area.

London’s famous Bond Street is revered throughout the world for its wealth of elegant stores, exclusive brands, designer fashion, luxury goods, fine jewels, art and antiques. Set in the heart of historic Mayfair, the street has become a haven for luxury, home to some of the world’s most prestigious retailers including Asprey, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Dolce Gabbana, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co.

Bond Street Tube station
Image provided by the London Transport Museum www.ltmuseum.co.uk  

The station has been through several major reconstructions, the first of which saw the original lifts replaced by escalators, a new sub-surface ticket hall and a new façade to the station, designed by the architect Charles Holden in June 1926. Holden’s other notable work includes Bristol Central Library, the Underground Electric Railways Company of London's headquarters at 55 Broadway and the University of London's Senate House. 

The façade was demolished with the construction of the "West One" shopping arcade in the 1980s. During this time the Jubilee line was introduced to the station, and services commenced on 1st May 1979. Some elements of the façade above the eastern entrance to the station survived.
The station is currently undergoing further reconstruction to create an interchange  for the new Crossrail. Changes are being made to accommodate not only new platforms but also a new station entrance on Marylebone Lane.  Changes include a new ticket hall, escalators serving the Jubilee line and lifts to provide step-free access from street to platform. 

More than 155,000 passengers use the station every day, and when the Crossrail arrives in 2018, this is expected to increase to 225,000.

Bond Street Tube station
Image provided by the London Transport Museum www.ltmuseum.co.uk   

Did you know?

  • Bond Street is the only street that runs between Oxford Street and Piccadilly.
  • Despite its name, the station does not directly connect to either New or Old Bond Street.
  • No bus routes use the street, though the C2 service crosses New Bond Street.
  • In 1909, Harry Selfridge proposed a subway link to his new Selfridges store to the west, and the renaming of the station as "Selfridges". Contemporary opposition quashed the idea.
  • Past residents of the street have included Admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton as well as a number of renowned authors and poets.
  • Nearby, Claridge's has become famed for its Christmas tree display: most years the tree is designed and decorated by someone notable in the fashion industry. Trees have been designed by John Galliano (Dior) and Kally Ellis (McQueens).

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