The Heart of London

Piccadilly Circus cutaway

Piccadilly Circus cutaway illustration artwork

Piccadilly Circus cutaway illustration artwork. 1928
Designer: Douglas MacPherson (1871-1951)
Copyright: TfL from the London Transport Museum collection

This illustration highlights the complexity of Piccadilly Circus station. Above ground, the Circus was the centrepiece of Nash's 19th-century urban plan for Regent Street and Holden wanted to replicate the circus underground with his booking hall. Below, a series of escalators, staircases and tunnels leading to the platforms exists, all meticulously worked out by the consulting engineers Mott, Hay and Anderson. Originally a large mural depicting London as the centre of the world by artist Stephen Bone, could be seen above the escalators.