Other Elizabeths Crossrail Could Be Named After

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 100 months ago

Last Updated 25 February 2016

Other Elizabeths Crossrail Could Be Named After

"What line is that on?"

"The Elizabeth Line."


The announcement Crossrail is to be named The Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen prompted a mixed response.

For those Londoners who have less of a royalist bent than the mayor — who announced the news —  we wondered what other Elizabeths could it have been named after?

1. Elizabeth Taylor

The London-born actress and sex symbol married second husband Michael Wilding at Caxton Hall, and regularly trod the boards in the West End. There was even a CBS special called Elizabeth Taylor in London, at which her soon-to-be fifth husband, Richard Burton, coached her on delivery of lines.

2. Liz Hurley

Because it uses the same technology that holds together *that* dress.

3. All the people called Elizabeth Line

4. Elizabeth the cat from Nathan Barley

5. Liz Earle

Responsible for keeping the city beautiful, the line is named after London entrepreneur Liz Earle for managing to maintain the city's moisture balance despite the drying effects of pollution.

6. Thin Lizzy

They may have been from Ireland, but Thin Lizzy have brightened up more London commuters' journeys than anyone else called Lizzy.

7. Elizabeth Siddal

Elizabeth Siddal was the model for Sir John Everett Millais's Ophelia.

Artist, poet and model, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Siddal's died of a laudanum overdose at 14 Chatham Place, London on 11 February 1862 . That house was later demolished and covered by Blackfriars station. As a belated apology for burying her home, TfL want to name their latest line after her.

Featured image by Michael Garnett from the Londonist Flickr pool