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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Waterloo Sunset - London Transport Museum

As part of the
London Transport Museum's Friday Lates, on the evening of the 24th April they're holding a celebration in honour of people who commute into Waterloo Station every day. I used to be one many thousands of commuters from the suburbs into Waterloo. Then I also got the Waterloo & City Line or The Drain to Bank and then headed off even further east.

Waterloo Elephant by Mark Hillary

"Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley will be spinning sounds from the suburbs, the city and beyond.

Screenings of John Schlesinger's
Terminus and This is Tomorrow, a collaboration between film-maker Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne will form the Waterloo backdrop." The event takes place at the London Transport Museum at the Covent Garden Piazza and doors open at 6.30pm. Admission is £8.00 for adults & a fiver for concessions/students. You can book & get more details here.

Waterloo's a funny old station and has that clear mix of loads of tourists (even more so when the Eurostar was there) & regular commuters dodging the suitcases & rucksacks who've dealt with a overland rail journey & then have to battle with a crowded London Underground ride. You're in a completely different mind set using it as tourist as to when you are in auto pilot mode trying to get to & from work.

As I live nearer Waterloo than King's Cross, I was sorry to see the Eurostar move & all the boarded up section there looks kind of sad. Does anyone know what will be happening to that area now?

Also what's the deal with that elephant bursting out of Waterloo Tube station at the entrance of the Jubilee Line? I can't say I've ever noticed a plaque about it and I can't see any geographical significance for an elephant being there. Maybe there's a historical one?


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