Admittedly this may be the most cost effective way to travel from Gatwick Airport on the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station then Green Park near Mayfair/Piccadilly. Fortunately, our hotel was just around the corner from Green Park.
Avoid traveling during the business hours on the weekday because this station is hectic and crowded especially if your hauling around luggage. Station was clean and fairly easy to transfer to/from around town.
Green Park has a very nice tube station, it labels to show Buckingham Palace and how to get their as well as having many gates to get in and out and step free access from street level to platform
From Green Park you can get on the Jubilee line to Places Like Baker Street and Wembley Park, The Victoria Line to Victoria and Kings Cross stations as well as the Piccadily line to the likes of Piccadily and Covent Gardens
Overall, Green Park is a nice step free station with access to many places, what you have to expect from somewhere that will receive alot of tourists with Buckingham Palace and Green Park being their, but be wary this station gets very busy especially near the exits with many people coming in and out.
One of the more well crossed tube station with so many lines. It's also the tip of Yelper Yee Gan's London walking tour. Shoot south of Berkeley Square touching yourself to the edge of Green Park. It gets a little crazy though as it's such a big cross section of the population traveling through the area
Note to parents -
USE this tube station for your visit to Buckingham Palace - NOT the Victoria Station (which has no lifts) - I learned that the hard way...
This station is in the middle of everything - and within close walking distance to many attractions/parks/eateries...
I walked back to this station on our way home from the Palace....
Lift was on the corner..and just an escalator ride down to my line.
Green Park tube station is, duh, right next to Green Park and if the tannoy ("PA system" in American) is working, the train driver will let you know that this is the right station to use for Buckingham Palace. At the congruence of three Underground lines, the station is served by the the Jubilee line (between Bond Street and Westminster), the Piccadilly line (between Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park Corner) and the Victoria line (between Victoria and Oxford Circus).
Expect a long walk when changing between the Jubilee and Victoria lines. Since 2009, the station has been undergoing a massive renovation. Assuming they finish on time in 2012, there will be step-free access from the platforms to street level. Until then, some steps and some escalators are available.
The station is in Travelcard Zone 1 with the usual ticket barricades and Oyster readers.
Following the massive overhaul of this station, pending the 2012 Olympics, it has been a bit of a mess, but more recently it has been in much better shape. Most notably there is now a new ramp exit that opens directly into the park. It looks rather special at night, with the lights guiding the ascent. Could be likened to a mini runway.
Convenient as ever, the residence of the Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee lines, enabling commuters to travel towards the north, south, east or west. Crowning itself as one of the best interchanges on the tube!
Be warned it's can be a long walk between lines, but check out my quick tip, for some handy inside knowledge. ;o)
Green Park is one of the largest of the purely deep-level underground interchanges, between the Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee lines, and handles over 30 million passengers a year.
For most of its life, though, it has not been an interchange. It opened on 15th December, 1906, as Dover Street (St. James's) on the then Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway, which ran from Finsbury Park in the north to Hammersmith in the south. The entrance was in Dover Street rather than Piccadilly itself.
The slightly odd name was to distinguish it from the nearby Down Street station, sited between Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. (The platforms of Down Street are still visible to eagle-eyed travellers half a minute after leaving Hyde Park corner). At that stage, the station was fitted with lifts rather than escalators.
The change of name to Green Park came in 1933, when the station was modernised to include escalators, as well as being given a new ticket hall with entrances to the north and south sides of Piccadilly.
The next big change came on 7th March 1969 with the opening of the Warren Street to Victoria section of the Victoria Line (which had already opened from Walthamstow Central to Warren Street the previous December). An underground subway interchange was provided, as well as additional escalators from the surface.
Ten years later, on 1st May 1979 saw the next major addition in the form of the Jubilee Line, between Baker Street and Charing Cross. Although the major improvements planned for the interchange were never carried out (thanks to objections from the owners of nearby buildings), a new passenger subway was built in 1985 to link the Jubilee and Piccadilly Lines directly (in preparation for the Jubilee Line extension to Stratford via Waterloo) and at the same time the tiling on the Piccadilly Line platforms was renewed with the present (and slightly odd) white, green, pink and baby-blue colour scheme. The Jubilee platforms have a more distinctive pattern with leaf motifs recognising the Park itself.
Its almost a cliche this tourist site :
Art on the Railings at Green Park.
Still worth a quick look but important
to leave your wallet at home, the work
is just terrible, & they try the big sell as if this
was not England .
The above reviews are very detailed. And I agree, it is definitely one of the nicer and best located stations in Central London. However, it is best avoided for interchanges. The tunnels are very long and you waste a lot of time changing from one line to the next.
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