Day 22: King’s Cross St. Pancras to Hammersmith

Lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan / Stations: King’s Cross St. Pancras – Euston Square – Great Portland Street – Baker Street – Edgware Road – Paddington – Royal Oak – Westbourne Park – Ladbroke Grove – Latimer Road – Wood Lane – Shepherd’s Bush Market – Goldhawk Road – Hammersmith / Time: 3h 09m / Distance: 9.83 miles

Rainbow at King's Cross St. Pancras
Back at 126. King’s Cross St. Pancras for the 4th time in this series to start today’s walk

The plan today is to pick up the Circle/H&C/Met at King’s Cross and head west. The Met goes off to the north west at Baker Street, and the other two lines continue down to Hammersmith.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
It’s that big fancy hotel again
British Library
The British Library in the pouring rain

The weather was absolutely terrible to start with. The forecast said it would be dry, but I got caught in a heavy shower. Once it cleared, though, it was a fairly pleasant (but cold) day.

Euston station
Euston is over there
Euston station
But it doesn’t count today
Euston Square station
Euston Square does, though. The main entrance is across the road from where I was
Euston Square station
This entrance to Euston Square is just as good and will count just as much
Rainbow at Euston Square
199. Euston Square (approx 0.8 miles)

Over the total series, this is my 200 mile point.

Warren Street station
Across the road to Warren Street, another station that doesn’t count today

This section of Euston Road was part of my Northern Line walk, which took in Euston and Warren Street (but didn’t count Euston Square), and I’ll be back here again for the Victoria Line.

Great Portland Street station
Great Portland Street station
Great Portland Street station
Great Portland Street station
Rainbow at Great Portland Street
200. Great Portland Street (approx 1.2 miles)
Regent's Park
Regent’s Park, and suddenly a clear blue sky
Regent's Park station
Regent’s Park station, I’ll be back here for the Bakerloo
Rainbow at Regent's Park
It doesn’t count today but it should become station 270, and signify the final stretch of the final walk
Harley Street
Harley Street
Charles Dickens sculpture panel
A Charles Dickens sculpture panel indicating the site where he wrote some of his books
Madame Tussauds
Don’t go to Madame Tussauds during half term
Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds
Baker Street station
Baker Street station
Rainbow at Baker Street
201. Baker Street (approx 1.8 miles)
Marylebone station
You can’t really tell, but that building at the end of the road is Marylebone station
Westminster Magistrates Court
Westminster Magistrates Court

Earlier in the day there had been a demo against transphobic violence (and in favour of it, from the other side) but everyone had gone by the time I walked past.

Artwork along the side of Edgware Road station
Artwork along the side of Edgware Road station
Edgware Road station
Edgware Road station
Rainbow at Edgware Road
39 (revisit). Edgware Road (approx 2.3 miles)

This is the Circle/District/H&C Edgware Road, the Bakerloo one is separate and I’ll come to that on a future walk. Also in today’s walk, Paddington (Circle/H&C) which is a new counted station separate to Paddington (Circle/District/Bakerloo) which I’ve already been to, and the same with Hammersmith (Circle/H&C) as opposed to Hammersmith (District/Piccadilly) which I’ve done.

The site where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin
The site where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin
Paddington station
Paddington – the roundel is an entrance to one of the Paddington Underground stations but not the one I’m counting today
Paddington station
To get to the one I need I have to go through here
A new GWR class 800 at Paddington
A new GWR class 800 at Paddington
Paddington station
Paddington station
Rainbow at Paddington
202. Paddington (approx 2.8 miles)
Paddington station building
Paddington station building
Grand Union Canal with colourful boats
Grand Union Canal with colourful boats
Paddington bear statue
A bear
Public table tennis tables in Paddington
Public table tennis tables
Royal Oak station
Royal Oak station
Rainbow at Royal Oak
203. Royal Oak (approx 3.8 miles)
Bridge at Royal Oak
The bridge Royal Oak is on, across the Great Western main line
Westbourne Park station
Westbourne Park station
Rainbow at Westbourne Park
204. Westbourne Park (approx 4.5 miles)
Portobello Road
Portobello Road
Love For Grenfell artwork
Love For Grenfell artwork
Ladbroke Grove station
Ladbroke Grove station
Rainbow at Ladbroke Grove
205. Ladbroke Grove (approx 5.1 miles)

The next photo shows Grenfell Tower. I wasn’t sure how to do this, obviously it’s not a tourist attraction and shouldn’t be gawked at, but I wanted to take a picture of the memorial site and it’s there, looming over the whole area, I feel like it would have been wrong of me to not include it at all. One key purpose of this whole venture is to document the things that exist at street level across the tube network, and this is clearly a point of interest.

Grenfell memorial

The routes of these walks were planned in spring 2017, before the fire. This should have been a footpath link next to a normal, everyday tower block that I wouldn’t have given a second thought. Instead, it stands there as a monument to the injustice of austerity, a reminder that this is what Kensington & Chelsea council, the richest borough in the country, think of the poor who live in the area – the insult that their lives were worth less than some cladding. And it reminds us of the failure of wider government, with many of the survivors still waiting for appropriate housing, all these months later.

Seeing the tower in person stirs up a lot of emotions. An intense grief and sadness for those who were killed and those who survived but lost everything. An intense anger at the people and organisations who let this happen. An intense love for everyone who suffered as a result of that fire and who fights for justice now, and an intense hunger for that justice to be found.

Justice 4 Grenfell banner
Justice 4 Grenfell banner
Latimer Road station
Latimer Road station
Rainbow at Latimer Road
206. Latimer Road (approx 5.6 miles)
Westfield London
Westfield London

Google Maps gave me a route that doesn’t exist, around the top of Westfield, so I ended up having to go all the way to the bottom end and through the actual centre, which added a lot of distance to my journey, so I have no idea what the approximate distances at each station would be from here on.

Overground track by Westfield
Overground track by Westfield
Wood Lane station
Wood Lane station
Rainbow at Wood Lane
207. Wood Lane
Television Centre
Television Centre
Shepherd's Bush Green
Shepherd’s Bush Green
Shepherd's Bush Market station
Shepherd’s Bush Market station
Rainbow at Shepherd's Bush Market
208. Shepherd’s Bush Market
Shepherd's Bush Market
Shepherd’s Bush Market
Fozen fish sign
For all your fozen fish needs, such as mackerl and shiramp
Goldhawk Road roundel
Goldhawk Road joins Mile End and Acton Town as a station with a personalised roundel on the outside of the building
Goldhawk Road station
Goldhawk Road station
Rainbow at Goldhawk Road
209. Goldhawk Road
Shepherd's Bush bus garage
Shepherd’s Bush bus garage
The back of Hammersmith depot
The back of Hammersmith depot
Hammersmith station
Hammersmith station
Rainbow at Hammersmith
210. Hammersmith (9.83 miles)

It was originally planned at 7.5 miles but finished substantially over the estimate, which is mostly because of the extra bit at Westfield. The total for the day was 9.83 miles in 3 hours and 9 minutes, bringing the overall total to 209.02 miles.

Next time will be the top end of the Metropolitan line and I hope I get a lovely spring day for it, I hear it’s rather picturesque.

Rainbow at Hammersmith
Join me for that one soon!
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