THERE’S a tube station in London that has its very own pub, and it’s just a five-minute walk away from the city’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site.
While most passengers simply want to get on the move, there are some airports, train stations and even service stations that have become tourist attractions in their own right.
One of the places is Kew Gardens Tube Station in Richmond, London, which has made a name for itself because of its close proximity to a pub.
The Tap on the Line is one of the last remaining pubs on the London Underground, which means it sits within the tube station.
Kew Gardens Tube Station first opened to passengers on January 1, 1869, with its architecture considered to be a rare sight in 21st-century London.
According to the Tap on the Line website, “two-storey yellow-brick station buildings are rare, fine examples of mid-Victorian railway architecture, and are protected as part of the Kew Gardens conservation area.”
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The station’s footbridge, which was built using the pioneering technique of French engineer François Hennebique, was added in 1912 and is now Grade II listed.
Originally the station’s Timber Steaming Hall (a place where timber was shaped), the Tap on the Line was later converted into a pub.
While it was originally connected to platform 1 via a door, this was removed during a renovation in 2013.
Even though the pub doesn’t have direct access to the train station, punters can still see into the platform thanks to long windows.
Located along the Italian coastline in northern Italy, the Cinque Terre is a string of five villages, including Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
A small train runs between the five villages, and those holidaymakers who’ve managed to nab a window seat can expect seaside views overlooking crystal-clear waters, ragged cliffs and colourful buildings.
Three scenic train journeys you can take in the UK
The UK is full of great train journeys, including some with scenic views.
The West Highland Line in Scotland has previously been dubbed the best rail journey in the world, thanks to its breathtaking views overlooking mountain landscapes, serene lochs and wistful moors. Tickets start from£19.50.
The East Coast Main Line from Durham to Edinburgh is another popular railway route. Passengers on this train will be treated to views of Durham Cathedral, the Angel of the North, and the King Edward VII Railway Bridge. Tickets start from £24.50.
The train from St Erth to St Ives only has one stop on its route, which is complete with sea views. Tickets start from£3.