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Liverpool Street station is my favourite London station. OK, it's the London station that I travel into most often so that may have something to do with it, but it's always got a kind of nice atmosphere that some other large London stations don't have. There are loads of places to grab something to eat or drink from before you have to get your train - McDonalds, Burger King, Millies, Upper Crust, Wasabi, Pasty shop etc as well as a pub. If you want to shop there is practically a whole shopping centre to shop in - Boots, Lush, Thorntons, M&S, WH Smiths, Accessorize, Claire's Accessories, Paperchase to list just a few! There's also a gym, a walk-in centre where you can see a GP during the week and a hairdressers! Not bad eh? The toilets at this station are very nice and clean and there is a lot of them which means no queues. They also have dyson airblade hand driers which as anyone has used them knows are the BEST hand-driers there are! You can also navigate the barriers outside the toilets well even with luggage which is always good! There is a taxi rank next to platform 10 and also outside McDonalds. If you venture outside of the station, you're in the heart of London's financial district. Trains from Liverpool Street run to East Anglia so Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire is covered if you want to go further afield!
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!!!
I travel via Liverpool Street daily and although I see it everyday whenever I see a picture I forget the station I know and remember the organised chaos of the whole station singing 'Never gonna give you up' by Rick Astley, is it the spirit of East Londoners, Essex people and East Anglians or was it Facebook groups, who knows but for me it kind of sums the station up, chaotic, generally due to one train delay or another, full of incredibly interesting people, its such a great place to sit and watch people wander by wondering are they tramps or off for a night in shoreditch, are they businessmen or simply drinkers dressed up in suits, its a paradise of random people. Anyway the station has two WH Smiths, a Wetherspoons which is huge, a M&S foodshop, Mcdonalds and Burger King. Trains depart to Stansted Airport every hour, trains go to Southend, through essex, via East London, to Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Tubes are the District/Circle line and Central Line, all are regular and quite efficient. Overall the station has a place in my heart and its a paradox of busy people and crazy looking folk. Head east, its the new Central.
This is my first attempt at reviewing an actual building, but its one I visit regularlly, so here goes! Liverpool Street station is one of only a few stations owned and run by Railtrack itself, this enables them to focus on providing a great service at this station. The station serves East Anglia, with trains ariving from cities such as Norwich, and Ipswich, as well as the Colchester line and Standsted Express service. The four train operators using this station are Anglia Railways (runs between Norwich and London) First Great Eastern (Ipswich, Clacton and Harwich to London) WAGN and the Standstard Express. The station was first built in 1872, and if you look up, you can still see the original design in the archways on the ceiling. Over 72 million people use this station every year, and despite this, the station still has an airy feel about it. The shops are well out of the way a second level which runs around the station, so all the stations ground floor is used for either platforms, ticket offices, or infomation desks. Its a short walk from the platforms to the underground station, althouh with just one escalator down to the underground platforms for the central line, and over a bridge for the circle line, its a great interchange. The infomation is provided well at this station, with huge boards spanning across the ceiling, and huge blue signs to guide you in the right direction. To me this station is only second to London Paddingdon, which I find to be alot easier and friendly to use (maybe thats because they have a music shop!) Next time your passing through Liverpool Street station, just take a look up and see the archetechture that goes into the building!
Located right in the heart of London's bustling financial district, Liverpool Street Station really should serve as something of a wake-up call to some of London's other mainline rail termini, it certainly puts Kings Cross/St.Pancras to shame (although Paddington is now much better, it seems to have been redeveloped to a similar model) The station always seems to have an air of calm about it, but at the same time a hustle and bustle in all the shops and in the waiting areas...I've never to experience it at 5pm on a Friday night though - that's probably a different matter altogether. The good points:- - Large, open station: means the atmosphere doesn't get too claustrophobic. - Ridiculously clean. - Good selection of shops, restaurants etc, from the usual station gang: Burger King, Costa etc. Bishopsgate complex close by for further shopping. - Well signposted; easy access to Underground (unlike at St.Pancras, which involves numerous walks down urine-scented tunnels) The bad points:- - No litter bins! (to my knowledge, anyway!) I understand there's the whole terrorism issue to take into consideration, but surely even one litter bin with a CCTV camera monitoring it isn't too much trouble. - Toilets too diificult to find. And why do all London rail stations take pleasure in charging 20p for the right to use toilet facilities? Nice place generally though. Few people visit train stations by choice, but Liverpool Street certainly looks after its Commuter masses working in the City nicely.
Liverpool Street is located to the east of the City of London and serves the major parts of East Anglia including Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich. When visiting it now in all its white marble splendour it is hard to imagine that it was not always like this. Years ago in 1983 when doing my industrial training year as part of my degree, I visited Liverpool Street and took many photographs. In those days, it was very dark and dirty. Just look at it now. The Station itself has a long waiting area and if you look up – you can see a rectangular perimeter of shops, which can be accessed up a double staircase. There are numerous vendors including a fruit and veg store in the entrance to the tube station. Liverpool Street station is well served by tube lines. It is located on the Central, Metropolitan, and Circle lines. Turning right out of the station is Bishopsgate where there are many new and excitingly designed office blocks. There is a Tesco Metro opposite, which seems to do a roaring sandwich trade. In fact this area of the City is bustling and wealthy. A wander down to Aldgate via Petticoat Lane shows a different story. Here you will find old-fashioned bagel shops in a Jewish quarter. This is the start of the East end. Liverpool Street is a transformed station which represents the confidence and affluence of the area in which it lies.
Funny, I really rather like Liverpool Street Station; perhaps because I use it more for underground and waiting for buses outside than for mainline trains. There is quite an extraordinary vista as one descends the steps/escalator from Bishopsgate during rush hour - people en masse; yet strangely (until you join them!) it doesn't seem too overcrowded or stifling - perhaps because of the very airy conversion job done several years ago from the old station. There are restaurants and bars in the upper area - not all of them unduly expensive - and the usual array of fast food outlets in the lower concourse. But only just outside the station there is a small but useful shopping centre - and landscaped areas among the big business boys towards Moorgate. Cross the road (Bishopsgate) and you are into Petticoat Lane market - always bustling. Trains - forget 'em; just stay around the station