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12 Fun Facts about Bank Station
March 23 @ 8:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm
Those working in the City will know all too well that commuting to and from Bank Station is an epic experience. So many exits, no main entrance, and somehow you always find yourself ending up at its interlinked station Monument. Let’s discover 12 fun facts about the historic underground stop, to help navigate your way around London’s largest concrete maze.
1. Are you taking the wrong exit every single time you visit this enormous station? We’re not surprised: with no less than 12, Bank counts more exits than any other London station.
2. Another reason to get lost at Bank is the station’s DLR concourse, which, with a whopping 41.4 meters underground, is the city’s deepest station below street level.
3. And what about all the steps? 128 to be precise. And that’s without counting the silly amount of escalators: 15.
4. Just to illustrate its gigantic size: Bank owns not one, but two moving walkways (you know, those things you only really see on airports?). The only other station owning these is Waterloo.
5. Another way to envision its immensity: together with interlinked station Monument, Bank forms a public transport complex that takes up the entire length of King William Street.
6. Just like Regent’s Park, Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park Corner, Bank Station doesn’t have any entrance buildings above the ground, making it incredibly hard to find its main entrance (there isn’t one).
7. While only 45% of the overall tube network is actually tunnel based, the City runs few overground trains: the longest continuous tunnel is the Northern line running from East Finchley to Morden (17.3 miles in total!).
8. Although last estimated in 2010, on average, Bank is used by 298,335 people every single day. In case you’re having trouble visualizing this shocking number: that is three times the capacity of Wembley Stadium.
9. The main reason for it being voted the worst tube station in London is overcrowding, which also explains why the spacious Canary Wharf is often named as a favourite.
10. During the Blitz in 1941, a bomb hit Bank station, killing an estimate of 51 people. It also left a huge crater outside the Bank of England.
11. Ever noticed Sarah Whitehead on your morning commute? This sinister spirit dressed in black also called ‘the Black Nun’ is said to have haunted Bank for many years. Since 1811, to be exact, which is when her brother Paul was charged with and executed for forgery.
12. Bank junction is a very popular starting and/or ending place for walking tours in the City. Both the Haunted Tour and London Postal History tour start here, while the Harry Potter tour ends here (and starts at Westminster tube station). Want more inspiration for walking tours in the City? Check out our article here.