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Green Park London Underground
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Main entrance
Green Park is located in Central London
Green Park
Green Park
Location of Green Park in Central London
Location Piccadilly
Local authority City of Westminster
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 6
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 1
Cycle parking No
Toilet facilities Yes
London Underground annual entry and exit
2013 Increase 35.46 million[2]
2014 Increase 39.83 million[2]
2015 Decrease 39.55 million[2]
2016 Increase 41.24 million[2]
2017 Decrease 39.34 million[2]
Key dates
1906 Opened (GNP&BR)
1969 Opened (Victoria line)
1979 Opened (Jubilee line)
Listed status
Listed feature Entrance within Devonshire House
Listing grade II
Entry number 1226746[3]
Added to list 30 May 1972
Other information
Lists of stations
External links
WGS84 51°30′24″N 0°08′34″W / 51.5067°N 0.1428°W / 51.5067; -0.1428Coordinates: 51°30′24″N 0°08′34″W / 51.5067°N 0.1428°W / 51.5067; -0.1428
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Green Park is a London Underground station located on the north side of Green Park, with entrances on both sides of Piccadilly. It is served by the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. On the Jubilee line it is between Bond Street and Westminster; on the Piccadilly line it is between Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park Corner and on the Victoria line it is between Victoria and Oxford Circus. It is in fare zone 1.

The station was opened in 1906 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (GNP&BR) and was originally named Dover Street due to its location in that street. It was modernised in the 1930s when lifts were replaced with escalators and extended in the 1960s and 1970s when the Victoria and Jubilee lines were constructed.

The station is close to The Ritz Hotel, the Royal Academy of Arts, St James's Palace, Berkeley Square, Bond Street, the Burlington Arcade and Fortnum & Mason. The station is one of two stations serving Buckingham Palace, the other being St James's Park.


Piccadilly line[edit]

Rival schemes[edit]

During the final years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century numerous competing schemes for underground railways through central London were proposed. A number of the schemes submitted to parliament for approval as private bills included proposals for lines running under Piccadilly with stations in the area of the current Green Park station.

map showing locations of proposed stations
Location of original entrance to Dover Street station, approximate locations of stations proposed by rival companies and current Green Park station entrances

The first two proposals came before parliament in 1897. The Brompton and Piccadilly Circus Railway (B&PCR) proposed a line between South Kensington and Piccadilly Circus and the City and West End Railway (C&WER) proposed a line between Hammersmith and Cannon Street. The B&PCR proposed a station on the north side at Dover Street and the C&WER proposed a station on the south side at Arlington Street.[4] Following review by parliament, the C&WER bill was rejected and the B&PCR bill was approved and received royal assent in August 1897.[5]

In 1902, the Charing Cross, Hammersmith and District Railway (CCH&DR) proposed a line between Charing Cross and Barnes with a parallel shuttle line running between Hyde Park Corner and Charing Cross. A station was planned at Walsingham House on the north-east corner of Green Park. This scheme was rejected by parliament.[6]

The same year, the Central London Railway (CLR, now the central section of the Central line) submitted a bill that aimed to turn its line running between Shepherd's Bush and Bank into a loop by constructing a second roughly parallel line to the south. This would have run along Piccadilly with a station at St James's Street just to the east of Dover Street.[7] Delayed whilst a royal commission considered general principles of underground railways in London, the scheme was never fully considered and although it was re-presented in 1903,[8] it was dropped in 1905.[9]

A third scheme for 1902 was the Piccadilly, City and North East London Railway (PC&NELR) which proposed a route between Hammersmith and Southgate. It planned a station at Albermarle Street, just to the east of Dover Street.[10] Although favoured in parliament and likely to be approved, this scheme failed due to a falling-out between the backers and the sale of part of the proposals to a rival.[11][a]

In 1905, some of the promoters of the PC&NELR regrouped and submitted a proposal for the Hammersmith, City and North East London Railway. As the CLR had done previously, the company proposed a station at St James's Street.[12] Due to failures in the application process, this scheme was rejected.[13]

Construction and opening[edit]

Whilst the various rival schemes were unsuccessful in obtaining parliamentary approval, the B&PCR was similarly unsuccessful in raising the funds needed to construct its line. It was not until after the B&PCR had been taken over by the Underground Electric Railways Company of London that the money became available. Tunnelling began in 1902 shortly before the B&PCR was merged with the Great Northern and Strand Railway to create the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (GNP&BR, the predecessor of the Piccadilly line).[14]

The GNP&BR opened the station on 15 December 1906 as Dover Street.[15] As with most of the other GNP&BR stations, the station building, located on the east side of Dover Street, was designed by Leslie Green.[16] It featured the company's standard red glazed terracotta facade with wide semi-circular arches at first floor level. Platform and passageway walls were decorated in glazed cream tiles in Green's standard arrangement with accent bands, patterning and the station names in mid-blue.[17][b] When it opened, the station to the west was Down Street.[15][c] The station was provided with four Otis electric lifts paired in two 23-foot (7.0 m) diameter shafts and a spiral stair in a smaller shaft. The platforms are 27.4 metres (90 ft) below the level of Piccadilly.[18]


The station was busy and unsuccessful attempts to control crowds with gates at platform level were made in 1918. In the 1930s, the station was included amongst those modernised in conjunction with the northern and western extensions of the Piccadilly line. A new sub-surface ticket hall was opened on 18 September 1933 with a pair of Otis escalators provided to replace the lifts.[19] The new ticket hall was accessed from subway entrances in Devonshire House on the north side of Piccadilly on the corner with Stratton Street and a southern entrance on a piece of land taken from the park.[17] The shelter for the southern entrance was designed by Charles Holden.[20][d] The original station building, the lifts and the redundant below ground passages were closed and taken out of use. Part of the ground floor was used as a teahouse or tea shop until the 1960s.[17]

Victoria line[edit]

A view along a wide passage with a semi-circular ceiling
Interchange passage between Victoria and Piccadilly lines

Proposals for an underground line linking Victoria to Finsbury Park date from 1937 when planning by the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) for future services considered a variety of new routes and extensions of existing lines.[22][e] Parliament approved the line in 1955,[25] but a shortage of funds meant that work did not start until after government loans were approved in 1962.[26][f]

A five storey brick building with a shop on the ground floor and flats above
The current building at 5-7 Dover Street, site of the original station entrance

Construction works began in 1962.[27] The 1930s ticket hall under the roadway of Piccadilly was enlarged to provide space for new Victoria line escalators and a long interchange passageway was provided between the Victoria line and Piccadilly line platforms.[28] A collapse while one of the tunnels was being excavated near Green Park station in 1965 meant that the ground had to be chemically stabilised to enable work to continue.[29] The disused station building in Dover Street was demolished in 1966 in conjunction with the works for the new line. A vent shaft was constructed and an electrical sub-station was built in the basement of the new building.[17][g] The 1930s entrance on the south side of Piccadilly was also reconstructed.

The enlarged ticket hall, new platforms and passageways were decorated in grey tiles. Platforms are approximately 23.4 metres (77 ft) below street level.[18] Platform roundel signs were on backlit illuminated panels. Seat recesses on the Victoria line platforms were tiled in an abstract pattern by Hans Unger of coloured circles representing a bird's-eye view of trees in Green Park.[32]

After trial running of empty trains from 24 February 1969, the Victoria line platforms opened on 7 March 1969 when the third stage of the line opened between Warren Street and Victoria.[33] The official opening by the Queen was carried out that day at Green Park.[33][h]

Jubilee line[edit]

An underground station platform with curving red tiled walls and a white panelled ceiling arching over the track
Jubilee line platform with leaf design by June Fraser

The origins of the Jubilee line are less clearly defined than those of the Victoria line. During World War II and throughout the 1950s and early 1960s consideration was given to various routes connecting north-west and south-east London via the West End and the City of London. Planning of the Victoria line had the greater priority and it was not until after construction of that line started that detailed planning for the Fleet line began.[35][i] Restrictions on the availability of funding meant that only the first stage of the proposed line, from Baker Street to Charing Cross via Bond Street and Green Park received royal assent in July 1969 with funding agreed in August 1971.[37][j]

Tunnelling began in February 1972 and was completed be the end of 1974.[39] In 1977, during construction, the name of the line was changed to Jubilee line, in celebration that year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee[40][k] A construction shaft in Hays Mews north of the station was used for a substation and ventilation shaft.[42] At Green Park, the ticket hall was enlarged slightly to provide space for escalators for the new line which connect to an intermediate concourse providing interchange between the Jubilee and Victoria lines. A second flight of escalators descends to the Jubilee line platforms,[43] which are 31.1 metres (102 ft) below street level, the deepest of the three sets.[18] Interchange between the Jubilee and Piccadilly lines was via the ticket hall.[44] Platform walls were tiled in a deep red with leaf patterns by June Fraser.[45][46] Trial running of trains began in August 1978 and the Jubilee line opened on 1 May 1979.[15][42] The official opening of the line was carried out by Prince Charles the previous day starting with a train journey from Green Park to Charing Cross.[42] In 1993, to alleviate congestion, a third escalator was installed in the lower flight to replace a fixed staircase.[43]

A view along a passage with curved walls covered in mosaic tiling and a semi-circular ceiling
Interchange passage between the Jubilee and Piccadilly lines

Works on the Fleet line's stages 2 and 3 did not proceed and it was not until 1992 that an alternative route was approved.[l] The new route took the line south of the River Thames via Waterloo, which was impractical to reach from the line's existing terminus at Charing Cross. New tunnels branching from the original route south of Green Park were to be constructed and Charing Cross was to be closed.[49] Tunnelling began in May 1994 and improvements were carried out at Green Park to provide a direct passageway connection between the Jubilee and Piccadilly lines including lifts between the platforms and the passageway at each end.[44] A new ventilation shaft and emergency exit was constructed that comes to the surface in Arlington Street.[18][44] The new extension opened in stages starting in the east, with services to Charing Cross ending on 19 November 1999 and the final section between Green Park and Waterloo opening on 20 November 1999.[15]

Recent changes[edit]

An underground station platform with white tiled walls, a white panelled ceiling arching over the track. The tiled a recess behind a platform seat features a design of twelve coloured circles arranged in a 4 by three grid; mostly dark green, but with three yellow, two black and one blue circles.
Refurbished Victoria line platform with restored Hans Unger tile design in seat recesses

In 2008 Transport for London (TfL) announced a project to provide step-free access to all three lines in advance of the 2012 London Olympics.[50][m] The project also included the construction of a new entrance on the south side of Piccadilly with access directly from Green Park.[50] Work commenced in May 2009 to install two lifts from the ticket hall to the Victoria line platforms and the interchange passageway to the Piccadilly line. This work and a third lift in the new park-side entrance between the street level and the ticket hall was completed ahead of schedule in 2011.[53][n] At the same time, Green Park station underwent a major improvement programme which saw the tiling on the Victoria and Piccadilly line platforms and the interchange passageways replaced.[o] When the Jubilee line opened, the Hans Unger tiling in the seat recesses of the Victoria line platforms was replaced with a design matching that used on the Jubilee line;[54] the Unger design was restored during the restoration.

Entrance and shelter on Piccadilly, a green copper roof spans between two stone structures with a view of a park between
Entrance and shelter on Piccadilly
Entrance from Green Park, a straight footpath alongside a stone wall topped with a hedge leads towards a square entrance set into the side of a slope. Two large buildings fill the skyline.
Entrance from Green Park
Southern entrance

The new ramped entrance from the park and the street level shelter were designed by Feilden+Mawson Architects and Acanthus Architects LW and feature artwork designed by John Maine RA within the Portland stone cladding. The Diana Fountain was relocated from its original site in the centre of the park to form the centrepiece of the new entrance.[53][55]

To help cool the station, a system using cool ground water extracted from boreholes sunk 130 metres (430 ft) into the chalk aquifer below London was installed. The extracted water passes through a heat exchanger connected to the cast-iron tunnel lining and the warmed water is returned to the aquifer through a second set of boreholes 200 metres (660 ft) away.[56]

Proposal for new connection[edit]

In July 2005, Ove Arup & Partners produced a report, DLR Horizon 2020 Study, for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) examining "pragmatic development schemes" to expand and improve the DLR network between 2012 and 2020. One of the proposals was an extension of the DLR from Bank to Charing Cross. Unused tunnels under Strand constructed as part of Stage 1 of the Fleet line would be enlarged to accommodate the larger DLR trains.[57] In 2011, a proposal to continue the extension to Victoria via Green Park was published.[58][59] No further work has been done on these proposals.

Piccadilly bombing[edit]

On 9 October 1975, terrorists belonging to the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated a bomb outside Green Park station, killing 23-year-old Graham Ronald Tuck and injuring 20 others.[60]

Services and connections[edit]


The station is in Travelcard Zone 1, between Bond Street and Westminster on the Jubilee line, Hyde Park Corner and Piccadilly Circus on the Piccadilly line and Victoria and Oxford Circus on the Victoria line.[61] On weekdays Jubilee line trains typically run every 2-2½ minutes between 05:38 and 00:34 northbound and 05:26 and 00:45;[62][63] on the Piccadilly line trains typically run every 2½-3½ minutes between 05:48 and 00:34 westbound and 00:32 eastbound,[64][65] and on the Victoria line trains typically run every 100-135 seconds between 05:36 and 00:37 northbound and 05:36 and 00:31 southbound.[66][67]


London Buses routes 6, 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38 and night routes N9, N19, N22, N38 and N97 serve the station.[68][69]

In popular culture[edit]

The opening scene of the 1997 film version of Henry James's The Wings of the Dove was set on the east-bound platforms at both Dover Street and Knightsbridge stations, both represented by the same studio mock-up, complete with a working recreation of a 1906 Stock train.[70]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ The PC&NELR proposal was the result of an amalgamation of several earlier schemes and it duplicated much of the B&PCR's route. Following a falling-out between the company's backers over the division of ownership, Speyer Brothers, the bank funding the B&PCR, were able to buy out the disgruntled backers and they then withdrew their part of the plans. This left the rest of the plans unable to proceed.[11]
  2. ^ The platform tiling was replaced around 1985, but rings of tiles reaching over the arch of the tunnels remained.[17] A further re-tiling scheme around 2008 removed these.
  3. ^ Contemporary maps indicate that the station building occupied 5-7 Dover Street.
  4. ^ The rebuilding of the station and similar works at Hyde Park Corner would bring the entrances of these stations closer together enabling the little-used station between them at Down Street to be closed on Saturday 21 May 1932 with the new escalators at Hyde Park coming into use on Monday 23 May.[15][17][21]
  5. ^ Developments of the initial proposal continued during and after World War II through the Railway (London Plan) Committee's Route 8 in 1946 and the LPTB's Scheme D in 1947, the latter being the first to plan an interchange at Green Park.[23] Following nationalisation of public transport in 1948, the London Transport Executive produced a report in 1949 containing a Route C which made modifications to Scheme D at each end, but retained the central section between Victoria and King's Cross St. Pancras unaltered.[24]
  6. ^ Before funding to construct the whole line was approved, London Transport tested new tunnelling techniques by constructing 1 mile (1.6 km) of twin experimental tunnels along the planned route from Finsbury Park to South Tottenham between January 1960 and July 1961.[26]
  7. ^ Planning permission was granted in 1965 for a new building and in 1968 for a ventilation shaft for the Victoria line and an electrical sub-station.[30][31] Although painted-over, remnants of Green's tiling from the left and right sides of the building's facade remain attached to retained sections of the flank walls each side of the current building.
  8. ^ The Victoria line opened in stages: Walthamstow Central to Highbury & Islington (1 September 1968), Highbury & Islington to Warren Street (1 December 1968), Warren Street to Victoria (7 March 1969) and Victoria to Brixton (23 July 1971).[15] Construction of the final stage was only approved in 1966 after the works on the rest of the line had started.[34]
  9. ^ Fleet line was adopted in 1965 as a name for the new line as it was planned to run in an east-west direction along Fleet Street.[36]
  10. ^ Funding for Stage 1 of the line was to come from the Greater London Council and central government in the ratio 1:3.[38]
  11. ^ The decision to change the name of the line was made by the Greater London Council, although the line was not expected to open until 1978. Subsequent delays in the installation of escalators and fitting-out of stations pushed the opening date into 1979.[41]
  12. ^ Although London Transport obtained permission for Stages 2 and 3 of the Fleet line in 1971 and 1972 running to Lewisham,[47] uncertainty as to the appropriate eastern destination of the line and shortage of funds meant that the works were never begun.[48] A variety of alternative routes were considered during the 1970s and 1980s until a final route taking the line to Stratford was approved in 1992.[49]
  13. ^ The project was a TfL-funded games-enabling project in its investment programme, though not a project specifically funded as a result of the success of the London 2012 Games bid.[51] It was included in the strategy on accessible transport published by the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.[52] The other stations where games-enabling step-free access projects were carried-out were Baker Street (sub-surface lines) and Southfields.[50]
  14. ^ With the two low-level lifts installed when the new interchange passage was opened in 1999, interchange for wheelchair users between all platforms is possible.[1]
  15. ^ The original platform tiling on many of the Victoria line stations was poorly fixed and a number of stations had patches of missing tiles, which led to wholesale replacement at some stations.[54]


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  7. ^ Badsey-Ellis 2005, pp. 148–49.
  8. ^ Badsey-Ellis 2005, p. 212.
  9. ^ Bruce & Croome 2006, p. 19.
  10. ^ Badsey-Ellis 2005, pp. 166–168.
  11. ^ a b Badsey-Ellis 2005, pp. 185–199.
  12. ^ Badsey-Ellis 2005, p. 243.
  13. ^ Badsey-Ellis 2005, pp. 246–247.
  14. ^ Wolmar 2005, p. 181.
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  17. ^ a b c d e f Connor 2006, p. 106.
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  20. ^ Karol 2007, pp. 481–484.
  21. ^ Badsey-Ellis 2016, p. 211.
  22. ^ Horne 2004, p. 6.
  23. ^ Horne 2004, p. 10.
  24. ^ Horne 2004, p. 12.
  25. ^ Horne 2004, p. 18.
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  37. ^ Horne 2000, pp. 34–35.
  38. ^ Horne 2000, p. 35.
  39. ^ Horne 2000, p. 38.
  40. ^ Horne 2000, p. 44.
  41. ^ Horne 2000, pp. 44–45.
  42. ^ a b c Horne 2000, p. 45.
  43. ^ a b Horne 2000, p. 40.
  44. ^ a b c Horne 2000, p. 64.
  45. ^ Horne 2000, p. 46.
  46. ^ Bownes, Green & Mullins 2012, p. 203.
  47. ^ Horne 2000, p. 36.
  48. ^ Horne 2000, pp. 50–52.
  49. ^ a b Horne 2000, p. 57.
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