The Heart of London

Piccadilly Circus interior

Postcard showing views of Piccadilly Circus underground station

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

The coffered ceiling at Piccadilly Circus was only nine feet high and therefore ceiling lights were not possible. Instead, Holden designed cylindrical lights that hung from the top of the tapered, steel columns clad in bronze and scagliola (a type of imitation marble). Lighting was also provided by the illuminated showcases that lined the outer ring of the concourse. The subterranean booking hall was transformed into an architectural jewel.
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