Changing the face of London Underground

Southgate at night

Southgate underground station at night

Photographed by Topical Press
Architect: Charles Holden (1875-1960) for Adams Holden & Pearson
Copyright: TfL from the London Transport Museum collection

Many of the new Piccadilly line stations were at their most evocative when seen after dark. Advances in technology brought cheap and reliable lighting including the possibility of floodlighting buildings. At night, Southgate station emanated an eerie glow and with its dramatically lit canopy and futuristic beacon on the roof, looked more like an alien space ship than an Underground station.
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