Roundel at Maida Vale station. Photo / Veronica Aguilar
If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting Maida Vale station, it's one of the finest on the Bakerloo line: a classic Leslie Green design with the architect's trademark terracotta facade, tiled walls at platform level, and a series of celebrated roundel mosaics greeting passengers as they enter the concourse.
Last year, the Grade II-listed building, built in 1915, was awarded a National Railway Heritage Award for modernisation of a heritage station, and the award has now been recognised in the form of a plaque, which was unveiled last week by Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Jan Prendergast.
At a time when the Tube is subject to strikes, breakdowns, and daily jeremiads by local newspapers, it's worth remembering that, every time we enter a station, we're travelling on a piece of living history.