WEMBLEY PARK Metropolitan Line and Jubilee Line
WEMBLEY CENTRAL Bakerloo Line
(A LONDON TUBE RAMBLES WALK)
Wembley Stadium is reached via Olympic Way from the enlarged Underground Station. Until 2013 you would have passed the remains of a concrete building that looked vaguely Egyptian. This was the Palace of Industry, part of the Empire Exhibition of 1924. At the time this use of concrete was something of an innovation. Sad that this oddity has gone, as it made an interesting contrast to the massive new stadium looming ahead, a shimmering curve of steel and glass with lots of steps. Rising above it all is a huge arch that looks as if it has been constructed from wickerwork.
The good news is that the 1934 Empire Pool has been saved and is now Wembley Arena, a premier venue for live music. It stands to the right of the stadium and is a splendid example of Deco architecture.
Wembley is just one walk from the many to be found at London Tube Rambles. There are architectural gems, beautiful country views, historic places and quirky buildings even in the most unpromising areas covered by the outer London Underground stations. Usually the discoveries are within a mile of the Tube - often only five minutes walk away. If you reached this as an individual page via a search engine, you might like to click on the link above and see the other destinations explored. You'll be amazed at what's out there!