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London Victoria Station
The second most busiest railway station in London.
Original Victoria Station
Victoria Station originally began as two stations and remained like that for over 60 years, until a hole was knocked in the wall between them in 1924. The two sections are still apparent with platforms 1-8, the 'Kent' side, providing services to the Medway towns and the Kent Coast, and the remainder constituting the 'Central' side, providing services to Brighton and rest of Sussex. Over 110 million people pass through Victoria Station every year.
Victoria Station was built in 1862 for the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, and the Great Western Railway. Today, it is somewhat unfortunate that the bus station in front and the crowding in of other buildings gives a cramped look to the station.
The Architecture of Victoria Station
The best view is obliquely, from one of the traffic islands, where the small clock tower (Little Ben) stands. There are three buildings, all with sculpture. To the left is the original building, re-fronted in Edwardian style by Alfred W. Blomfield in 1906-8. This building has two excellent mermaids, big ones with long flowing hair (in too low relief to be as prominent as it should be), double tails twined about each other, and Pre-Raphaelite faces. These may be regarded as some of the better architectural sculpture of the period.
The third building, to the right of Victoria Station, is the Grosvenor Hotel (later bought by Thistle Hotel), 1860-61 by James Thomas Knowles, with 5 storeys and two dormers and interesting sculptures. To appreciate this building it is necessary to walk round the corner as well. The sculpture consists of naturalistic foliage, large figures and a long series of portrait busts, imparting a good ornate feel to the building. Among the busts are Victoria, Albert and Palmerstone - the firm Daymond and Son modelled the whole lot. Building and sculptures are in Bath stone, with some coloured cement and white Suffolk brick.
Travelling to and from Victoria Station
Station link buses call at Victoria Station twice an hour. This is a speedy and convenient way of travelling to other mainline stations across the capital. The low-floor buses have wide gangways and space for luggage. Ramps for wheelchair access make the service ideal for all travellers. If you wish to catch the Airbus to London Heathrow Airport, it stops outside the front of the station and also at the Victoria Coach Station. The Airbus is wheelchair accessible. Victoria Coach Station is in Buckingham Palace Road (turn left out of the main station entrance and then left again into Buckingham Palace Road).
There is a car park next to Victoria Place. The entrance is off Eccleston Bridge. Disabled parking is available at Hudson's Place, access via Vauxhall Bridge Road.
The London Underground entrance is opposite the entrance to platform 7 on the Eastern Concourse. This station provides access to the Victoria, Circle and District lines.
The majestic British section of the Venice Simplon Orient Express leaves from Victoria Station most weekdays, offering weekend and day excursions to some of England's most beautiful and historic landmarks.
From Victoria Station the easiest, although not the shortest way, is to take Buckingham Palace Road and walk towards Victoria Coach Station. At the traffic lights at the coach station, turn left into Elizabeth Bridge. Keep walking straight on, as St. George's Drive is an extension of Elizabeth Bridge. St. George's Drive is quite a long street and at one stage it changes its name briefly to Eccleston Square. Just ignore it, as it quickly becomes St. George's Drive again, and you are nearly there.
From Victoria Station most of our customers just walk to the hotel. However travelling with lots of luggage may require taking a taxi. A black cab taken from outside the station will be cheaper than a mini cab, and it should not cost more than £5.00.
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Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to London? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438