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A taxi driver's guide to Liverpool Street

Set in the heart of the financial district, Liverpool Street Station was once little more than a bustling gateway for city bankers and early risers en route to Stansted airport. But with the rise and rise of nearby Shoreditch as not just a fashionable east London phenomenon – but a global one – it has now become so much more. This Liverpool street taxi driver’s guide offers some hints and tips on where you should be headed locally for food, drinks and more. Lovers of the bizarre and gruesome will be pleased to hear that Liverpool St Station was actually built on the original site of the once infamous Bedlam Hospital for the Mentally ill. Although, it should also be remarked that the hospital had been closed for 200 years before they decided to lay down the first tracks – so no real remnants remain. Originally erected to house a terminal to East London, Essex and outwards to East Anglia. The station was an integral part of the world’s first underground train network, the Metropolitan Railway. Which of course, today we know as the Metropolitan line. The station also serves the Central, Circle, and Hammersmith & City lines. Continuing to render it a vital junction of East London travel. While the heavy deluge of suited and booted types make it a place to avoid at rush hour, the ornate station is definitely something of an architectural wonder (the elaborate ceiling is worth a glance upwards). But with so much to see and do nearby, we don’t recommend dithering for too long. Remember – Addison Lee minicabs are up to 30% cheaper than most Liverpool street taxi services, just book though our website or app and get exploring!

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