Your Guide to London Liverpool Street
Where is Liverpool Street?
Liverpool Street is the ideal place to stay during a trip to London, especially if you’re coming to The City on business or to sample London’s nightlife! You’ll be surrounded by iconic buildings that make up the London skyline, including St Mary Axe (otherwise known as the Gherkin), as well as the bars and clubs of Shoreditch and Old Street, Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane (the 'Curry Mile'). Liverpool Street is in the heart of financial London and home to Liverpool Street Station, one of London’s busiest commuter stations where you can catch express services to Stanstead airport. You’ll also find that the rest of London is within easy reach thanks to well connected Liverpool Street Tube Station, so there’s no need to worry about bringing your car and facing the congestion charge!
History of Liverpool Street
Liverpool Street is one of the capital's busiest train stations. Opened in 1874, it was built for the Great Eastern Railway (GER) to serve east London, Essex and East Anglia. There was also a connection to the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway. The station was named after the street on which it stands, which in turn was named in honour of British Prime Minister Lord Liverpool, having been built as part of an extension of the City of London towards the end of his term in office. The station was the first place in London to be hit by German Gotha bomber aircraft during World War I, and during World War II a bomb completely shattered the glass roof. The station was modified between 1985 and 1992, but its Victorian façade and the memorial for Great Eastern Railway employees who died in the Great War bombing were retained.
Today Liverpool Street is one of London's most attractive and brightly bustling railway stations. It attracts 123 million customers each year and it remains a stunning mix of modern facilities and a traditional environment. The surrounding area of Liverpool Street is steeped in history but also immersed in creativity and cutting-edge style. You’ll find beautiful historic buildings lying alongside amazing skyscrapers and there are new, trendy restaurants integrated with famous old markets and places of great cultural interest. All in all a diverse and captivating place for you to visit!
The Positives of Liverpool Street
If you stay in Liverpool Street you’ve got everything you could possibly need. The Underground Station has three different tube lines running through it - so the whole of London is easy to get to. And of course, Liverpool Street Station itself means you can get to other parts of the UK really easily. Apart from the accessibility, you’ve got some trendy places like Shoreditch and Old Street right on your doorstep. It’s a unique, historic area with plenty to explore!
Need to Know Liverpool Street
Liverpool Street is quite a busy commuter area so you’ll find it a bit hectic during certain times of the day. Having said this, the hustle and bustle is what gives Liverpool Street its character and charm (coupled with the gorgeous buildings and history of the area). And because of its great accessibility to the rest of the city (and beyond!) it’s a fantastic base for any trip to London.