At long last, the much anticipated Elizabeth Line will open to the public after repeated delays, and the Crossrail project will be mostly finished. It’s been a long time coming, and the Queen was joined by Boris Johnson and Sadiq Khan to visit the completed line that shares her name. After all this time, the new line will officially open next week on the 24th May, along with several new stations and platforms.

To mark the occasion, we’ve listed some of the biggest stations on the line, and featured the best things to see, do and eat.

Paddington

Aside from finding the statue of a certain famous bear, there’s a wealth of things to do in Paddington. You can boat down the canal, head to Merchant Square for delicious street food, or visit the Puppet Theatre Barge.

Restaurants wise, there’s The Summerhouse, The Waterway and Zizzi Paddington.

Bond Street

A place of prestigious and expensive fashion, Bond Street is home to auction houses Sotheby’s and Bonham’s, department store Fenwick and jeweller Tiffany’s, and there’s a large Disney Store here. Oxford Street is also very close by, with everything that equally prestigious shopping haven brings.

You’ll also find Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay close by, as well as a Burger and Lobster.

Tottenham Court Road

Located mostly in the borough of Camden, Tottenham Court Road is one of the biggest streets in London. Like Bond and Oxford Street, it’s home to a lot of great places to go shopping, known particularly for its electronic shops, though nowadays cafes and fashion stores have become more prevalent. It’s also one of the best stations to get to the nearby British Museum.

Farringdon

There’s plenty of things to do in Farringdon, like visiting its famous Smithfield Market, or eating at one of the fantastic pubs there, like The Eagle, one of the oldest and best gastropubs in London. Close by is Hatton Garden, a street host to London’s jewellery quarter, though we’d personally advise against any heists.

Liverpool Street

As well as the huge, famous station here, there’s some great places to visit near Liverpool Street. You can visit nearby Heron Tower, the fifth tallest skyscraper in London, browse the Old Spitalfields Market, visit the little alley known as The Arcade, dine at The English Restaurant, or drink at The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town bar.

Whitechapel

Most famous as the area of London terrorised by the Jack the Ripper murders, visiting Whitechapel need not be so grisly: Grab an amazing curry on Brick Lane, visit the Whitechapel Gallery, find yourself in the Whitechapel Market, or have some drinks at The White Hart, The Ten Bells or Apples and Pears.

Whitechapel Gallery facade, with the Tree of Life by Rachel Whiteread.

Stratford

Stratford had a serious renaissance during the 2000s, propelled by being the host location of the Olympics, and the legacy remains: depart the new Elizabeth Line to visit the Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the ArcelorMittal Orbit (the largest piece of public art in the UK) and the London Aquatics Centre. Restaurants near the station itself include a Zizzi, a Wahaca, and one of the first new Wendy’s in the UK since the chain’s recent return.

Canary Wharf

A massive business centre, Canary Wharf is one of the busiest areas of London, and there’s a lot to do. Aside from closing an billion pound deal, you can visit Canada Place mall within the station, walk around the Crossrail Place Roof Garden, and peruse the Museum of London Docklands. Canary Wharf is practically a mini city by itself, so there’s no shortage of stuff to discover.

Custom House

The biggest attraction near to Custom House is the ExCel Centre, which the station is closely linked to. There’s a wealth of events, expos and conventions that take place here, and aside from the restaurants located inside the ExCel there’s a number of pubs and food places nearby, like The Custom House Pub. It’s also not far from the new City Hall, incase you have an appointment with the Mayor.

Woolwich

Woolwich is an area that’s undergone significant developments and changes in the last couple of decades. There’s a lot of new arts and culture to discover here, like the new Woolwich Works centre (Punchdrunk is currently hosting their show The Burnt City closeby), and there’s also some nice restaurants like VIB Bar Bun Bar and The Courtyard.

THE ELIZABETH LINE OPENS ON 24TH MAY


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