#StationStories - the Knightsbridge edition

We are now approaching Knightsbridge for our latest instalment of #StationStories, please mind the gap when leaving the train…

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Founded: 15th December 1906

Lines: Piccadilly and District

Bio: Knightsbridge tube station was opened on the 15th December 1906. The original station building was designed by English architect, Leslie Green and is located on Brompton Road. This road was also home to Brompton Road Tube station before it closed in 1934 due to passenger numbers being so low that many trains were timetabled not to stop there.

The station is located within a fashionable and busy shopping district with Harrods and Harvey Nichols just a stone’s throw away. 

During the 1930s, Knightsbridge was one of the few Underground stations to receive major modernisation, with escalators installed to replace the lifts. Additional entrances were introduced to ease congestion with a separate ticket hall created for the western escalators. Recently, the station underwent a major refurbishment for the first time since the 1930s with cream coloured tiles installed behind a modern metal cladding system.


Did you know?

• One Hyde Park, in Knightsbridge, is the most expensive address in London
• A backstreet garage, located near Knightsbridge station was once valued and sold for £500,000
• The famous upmarket shopping department, Harrods, was opened up by Charles Henry Harrod in 1834 and Harrod's son Charles Digby Harrod built the business into a thriving retail operation selling medicines, perfumes, stationery, fruits and vegetables
• Harrods debuted England’s first “moving staircase” (escalator) in 1898
• Knightsbridge is home to some of the richest people in the world, with the average asking price for all the properties £4,348,911 (as at Autumn 2014)

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#StationStories - A celebration of the iconic London Underground and its surrounds  

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