years ago, the Brompton Road lost its very own underground station.
Few know its story. This site tells you some of that story, and
links to other online resources that will tell you much more.
Brompton Road station in 1906
(c) TfL London Transport Museum
Where was the station? Just off the
busy Brompton Road in a little side street called Cottage Place,
leading from the Brompton
Oratory to Ennismore Gardens, the passer by can see a curious
sight, part of a building clad in red, “ox blood” faience
tiles, claiming to be no. 206 Brompton Road. It looks nothing like
the white fronted mock Georgian pastiche with which it shares a
postal address, nor the other, older and quainter buildings in Cottage
A pre-war view of the Oratory taken from Brompton Road.
To-day it serves as the headquarters
of the University
of London Air Squadron. Formerly it had a very different use,
as probably the least known of the Piccadilly line’s four
“lost” stations, perhaps the most famous of which is
Street (Mayfair), the most likely to re-open is York
Road, and the most recently lost is Aldwych
(formerly Strand), which only closed in 1994.