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MY LIFE THROUGH LIVERPOOL STREET STATION!!!
Liverpool Street Station (London)
Member Name: nayland
Liverpool Street Station (London)
Advantages: So many places can be reached from this Station.
Disadvantages: Not having 20p on you for the Loo!
Whenever I hear Liverpool Street Station mentioned it brings back very fond memories for me. As a young girl I would travel up to Liverpool Street Station with my parents for an exciting day at Madama Tussuads or the Natural History Museum or a night in London to see the Christmas Lights in Oxford Street with the huge shops all being open till late at night.
Then when I reached 15 I started my first job in the City of London in a Stockbrokers and used to commute to Liverpool Street everyday to work. I loved the hustle bustle of the Station life. Not so good when trains were running late after a hard day at work, but still a great atmosphere to soak up.
Liverpool Street Station was first built in 1874 by the Lucas Brothers and the roof was designed and built by Fairburn Engineering Company (who also built the Royal Albert Hall Roof as well!). Now I have a small hold to fame as my Grandad was once a roofer on the stations famous roof. I believe this to have been around the 1940's and I have some photo's of him actually on it working. So whenever I went under the dark gloomy roof of the station as you approached the platforms I always used to think I wonder which part he had worked on, unfortunately I never got the chance to ask him as he died and I didn't find this out until afterwards ( we should all try and find out more about our families while they are still alive to pass on to our children as I was only 9 years old when he died I didn't really know alot about him!).
After travelling back and forth to the station over many years, I then stopped working to have my family so I didn't get back up to Liverpool Street Station until earlier this year to go and see the show "We Will Rock You".Well I was really excited about going to see the show, but I was really really excited about going back up to Liverpool Street ( how sad am I!).
I had seen it briefly on the great commercial on TV for T-Moblie, where they got lots of people to mill around the Station (dressed as commuters so they looked normal!) then at 11 0'clock on the 16th January 2009 they it all started with just a few at a time starting to dance to loud music starting of with a Lulu classic, then gradually more and more people joined in much to the bemused people around them, with it ending up with great old sing song!.
Now when I went up to London it was in March and WOW! how it had changed since I was last there. It has a most amazing concourse that goes around the top of the Station with 3 staircases the lead you down to the lower platforms. The shops up here are all glass fronted with the usual Macdonalds, Burger Kings plus a few specialised foodie shops. You will also find WH Smiths here as well as a Marks & Spencers Food Shop ( which was handy on the way home at night as I was starving so I could grab a sarnie for on the train!). All of the shops are not very big but have a good selection of different items to buy.
Now I wanted to use the loo's so after hunting these out I went in only to find that it costs 20p a go what happened to "Spending a Penny" inflactuation I suppose!. This station is very bright with so much glass it just seems so friendly and clean. The staff were very helpful as well, as we hadn't been up there for some time we needed to know where to get our train back and what times they were. They didn't hesitate to stop what they were doing and help us 5 out of 5 for service. They do have a lot of staff about as they have 18 platforms to tend to with the constant flow of passengers going in and out of the station.
Around 123 million people use this station a year to get to Norwich, Kings Lynn, and a whole lot of different places around the Essex area, they even have a boat train that goes to Harwich.I beleive that there is also a train service between this station and Stansted Airport known as The Stansted Express. When arriving at Liverpool Street Station you then are then met with the Underground system that takes you all over London. This consists of the Central, Circle, Hammersmith, Metropolitan & City Lines. So whether you want to go to Hyde Park, Marble Arch,
Tottenham Court Road or South Kensington these are easily accessible.
On leaving the station you will find a large Taxi Rank as well as a very good Red Double Decker Bus service going in many directions throughout London.
Lastly I cannot forget to mention the Whetherspoons Pub that is in the Station, this is known as Hamilton Hall, being built within the ballroom of the Great Western Hotel. It is said to be named after the Lord Claud Hamilton chairman of the Great Eastern Company 1893-1923 which originally built this station.
So If I had my way I could quite easily go to Liverpool Street Station and spend the day there not trainspotting, just people watching and generally watching life pass by. I Love This Station!!!
5 stars for a really bubbly, friendly, rushing, exciting place to visit!!!
Summary: A really busy exciting place to be!!