Secrets Of The Circle Line

Geoff Marshall, the Guinness World Record holder for visiting all stations on the Underground in one day, turns his eye to the Circle Line. Discover hidden platforms, little-known shortcuts and a memorial to a deceased station cat.

Written and presented by Geoff Marshall. Camera and direction by Steven Francis.

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  • Geoff Marshall

    Before you all get on my case, I’m aware that at 1m 40s I get something wrong!

    I say “Early 19th century”, when it should of course have been “Late 19th century” (The Underground wasn’t first built until 1863!)

    But the fact is true – the Metropolitan Railway (purple) ran clockwise services around what became the Circle line, and the Metropolitan District (green) Railway ran the anti-clockwise services, both of which passed through Barbican – then known as Aldersgate. phew!

    As you were …

  • Paul Redfern

    Old OS Survey maps show that in the days of steam, High St Ken was also the ‘coaling station’ for the Met & District lines, which might also explain the extra line & platform.

  • Dave K

    Hi Geoff, great to see a new video = lots of interesting bits I didn’t know. Love the ‘break time’ and groundhog bits. Nice map too.

    • Geoff Marshall

      it’s the attention to detail on the little things that I hope makes it fun!

      • Dave K

        Indeed they do Geoff! Thank you for taking the time :)

  • The Orange One

    Tell me something about Temple, because I’ve never been to have a look around there (unlike all the other Circle Line stations).

    • Geoff Marshall

      It has a pre-Beck tube map (preserved) on the wall outside the station.

      You can climb on top of the station, and look down a ventilation grill onto the tracks below

      The pillars on the platform have tiny ‘Temple’ shapes moulded into them – but there again, the same shape appears at South Kensington too

      It is the only LU station that shares a name with a station on the Paris Metro …

      Umm, i think that’s enough!

      • endaf

        Well there is St Paul’ s/St Paul too.

  • The Orange One

    Oh, and it’s not true that Euston Square is the only Zone 1 tube station where you can get in without passing through barriers. You can also get into Waterloo (Waterloo and City Line platforms).

    • Geoff Marshall

      and also.. if you use the lift/accessible entrance for the DLR at bank, but regular passengers aren’t technically allowed to use this entrance. hope you’ve now seen the W&C video …