I love looking at Stanmore on a map. Go on, go on Google Earth and look at Stanmore station. There’s one more street beyond it, and then London just… ends.
I don’t think there’s anything quite like it anywhere else in the city. London’s sprawl usually seems to transition slowly and gradually from urban chaos to garden-filled suburbia to open fields. Even at its outer reaches the green spaces are still interspersed with residential streets, smaller communities and the odd out of town Tesco. But not at Stanmore. Houses, houses, cars, offices, houses, Jubilee Line, houses, houses… Nothing.
If the Jubilee Line continued on it’s current alignment north by northwest of Stanmore, then it would bump into absolutely nothing between here and the M25.
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