Welcome back to the daily London Underground Quiz. Judging by the feedback I’ve had, this set of questions are by far the most anticipated… it’s time for the Piccadilly line!
Good luck, enjoy and stay well.
The Piccadilly line: Questions
For many visitors to London, the Piccadilly line is their first experience of the tube as it serves Heathrow Airport. How many stations does the line currently have at Heathrow?
Q2. Which Piccadilly line station is named after a former pub?
Q3. In the early 20th century there was a bold- yet failed- attempt to construct a spiral shaped escalator at which station?
Many Piccadilly line stations west of Ealing were originally opened as part of the District line. The old building above- which stands, disused, at the end of a certain Piccadilly platform, was once the main building for one such station. Which one is it?
Q5. Which station was originally named ‘Dover Street’?
Q6. Can you name the disused station which was used as a private air-raid shelter by Sir Winston Churchill during the Blitz?
The clip above is taken from a 1983 music video, part of which was filmed at Holborn station. Can you name the song and artist? One point for each!
On a black and white tube map, which of the above represents the Piccadilly line? A, B or C?
The unusual structure pictured above tops the roof of which station? Bonus point if you can name the architect!
Outside which station can you find a bench dedicated to the late, great Rik Mayall?
Q1: There are three Piccadilly line stations at Heathrow: One for Terminals 2 & 3, one for Terminal 4 and one for Terminal 5.
In my opinion, four is also an acceptable answer if you include Hatton Cross.
Q2. Manor House. The pub used to be a noted music venue- Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones both played here. The pub has since been turned into a shop.
As any London cabbie will tell you, Manor House is also the famous starting point for those about to embark upon ‘The Knowledge‘…
Q3: The spiral escalator design was attempted at Holloway Road. After being abandoned the remains lay forgotten until they were rediscovered in 1988. Parts of this experimental escalator can be seen in the London Transport Museum Depot in Acton.
Q4: South Harrow. This former District line building is located on South Hill Avenue. The newer Piccadilly line building dates from the 1930s and is based around the corner on Northolt Road.
Q5: Green Park.
Q6: Down Street. The station was closed in 1932 and therefore disused for a considerable period before Churchill made use of it.
Q7: ‘New Song’ by Howard Jones. You can watch the whole video (which includes more footage of Holborn station) below!
Q9: Southgate station. The building was designed By Charles Holden and opened in 1933.
Q10: Hammersmith station- the reason being that the opening sequence for the 1990s sitcom Bottom, in which Rik starred with Ade Edmondson, was filmed around Hammersmith Broadway.
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Tomorrow’s questions will be about the Circle line…
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