If Wembley is England’s national stadium, then this is England’s national staircase:
It was finished in 2007. I’ve no memory of what was here before, having moved to London in 2006 and only first visited the station soon after the refurbishment was complete. I believe some sort of temporary staircase was thrown up in time for Euro 96, the kind of “temporary” that turns into “10-year residency”.
The Euro 96 connection was rekindled when David Seaman joined Ken Livingstone to officially open the reshaped station building. I love this quote from the former England goalkeeper:
“It’s great to see the Wembley Park Tube station in action today… Wembley Park will certainly be a fans’ favourite.”
There’s no doubt the steps help contribute to an exciting prelude of emotion for anyone heading to a sporting event at the stadium:
For those beating a retreat in the opposite direction, however, there’s another treat for the eye: a mammoth, brilliant-white, conical turret soaring high above the steps and into the sky: