London’s Lost Railways

Here’s my latest presenting piece for Londonist

We walked the genuinely wonderful Parkland Walk from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace, in search of one of London’s lost railways. I was really surprised to see so many traces of the railway, sleepers, bridges, building and cable holders (from when the line was electrified) dotted all along the path.

img_2758The most spectacular moment was certainly happening upon the abandoned platforms at what was once Crouch End Station. The concrete platforms themselves are almost completely intact, albeit overgrown.

The end of the line, was also extremely picturesque. Alexandra Palace, a place I had never been before but had always wanted to go. And I would be keen to go back, as by the time we got there the museum to the original BBC studios was closed.img_2762

Going Round in Circles

So, because we live in London there is not a day goes by that we don’t use public transport. Tube trains are our favourite, closely followed by the Overground. When the new extension of the Overground opened at the end of last year, completing a loop around central London, we quickly thought “We must have a race! Who do you think would get round first, those going clockwise or those going anti-clockwise?”

There was only one way to find out. And of course we had to capture this escapade on film.