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Knightsbridge Station – 21st October 2022

I last visited Knightsbridge station in April, this year, when I wrote Knightsbridge Station – 25th April 2022.

Construction has moved on in the six months since I visited, as these pictures show.


  1. After arrival at the station, I left using the exit at Harrods and then walked back along Brompton Road to Harvey Nicholls.
  2. The entrance for the lift is in an alley. According to this article on Ian Visits, two lifts are needed to get to the platforms.
  3. The ticket hall is under the Burberry store and has three entrances with steps.
  4. One unusual feature of the ticket hall, is that it has a micro-Starbucks. Is this idea going to be repeated?

In Ian’s article, he describes the step-free entrance like this.

By reusing some old tunnels, and a side alley around the corner, they will be making the station step-free for the first time. The station used to have lifts from the street down to a corridor that then linked to the platforms via a short set of stairs, but was taken out of use in the 1930s when escalators were added.

What’s being done is that a new entrance, with ticket barriers, has been created in Hooper’s Court, and there will be two lifts that will take people down to just above platform level where the old corridors are still available. There will then be a second small lift to link the corridor down to the platform level.

It looks like it was rather a tight squeeze to get everything in. But then in Knightsbridge, the space for a single toilet will cost at least a couple of millions.


October 21, 2022 Posted by | Food, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Dreadful Hot Chocolate At Woking Station

On my trip to the Isle of Wight today, to ride on the new Class 484 trains on the Island Line, I got on a Portsmouth & Southsea train, rather than one to Portsmouth Harbour station.

I was told be the guard, that it would be convenient to change at Woking station, which I did.

I took these pictures at the station.


  1. I alighted on Platform 5, where there is a Starbucks.
  2. I bought a hot chocolate in the Starbucks.
  3. I then moved to Platform 4 to catch my train to Portsmouth Harbour.
  4. It was a bit of a precarious platform transfer as the lifts are at the other end of the station.
  5. Where there was a Pumpkin.

It’s a pity, I didn’t wait to get my drink, as it was one of the worst Hot chocolates I’ve ever tasted.

Later I had a much better hot chocolate in another cafe at Ryde.

November 1, 2021 Posted by | Food, Transport/Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exclusive Footie Shocker

The title of this post, is the same as that at the top of the front page of today’s Sun.

It is not about the latest Premier League star being found in bed with a bevy of young beautiful ladies or losing his money in casinos, but this.

Kante Pays More Tax Than Amazon & Starbucks

As ever The Sun has got straight to the point.

The BBC shows the front page with this comment.

The Sun leads with a story on Chelsea FC footballer N’Golo Kante, who it says has signed a million pound deal which will see him pay more tax than Amazon and Starbucks combined. The 27-year-old chose not to use a scheme to be paid via offshore firms, meaning he will pay £6.7m in tax.

Luckily, I have no need to use companies like Amazon, Facebook and Starbucks.

November 24, 2018 Posted by | Finance, Sport | , , , , | 3 Comments

Coffee And Seats At Manchester Victoria

The upgrade at Manchester Victoria station is approaching completion and as I passed through yesterday, the refreshment room was open and their were extra chairs everywhere in a Northern Rail promotion.

It’s just a pity that the coffee shop, just had to be those tax-avoiders; Starbucks.

May 18, 2015 Posted by | Food, Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

Preston’s Chaotic High Street

I know that there are lots of road works, but Preston’s High Street wasn’t one of the best I’ve visited.

Preston High Street

Preston High Street

Cars were still trying to get through the road works and shouldn’t they be in a car park somewhere? Even the Marks and Spencer was very tired and in the food department, there were no gluten-free sandwiches.

The biggest crime in my view, was the non-working clock that towered over the street. But at least Rolex had the time right.

It is definitely a High Street that needs a touch of Portasisation!

There were no maps and signposts and this was the only cafe I passed.

The Only Cafe I Passed

The Only Cafe I Passed

But then I don’t do Starbucks. Surely, there must be a locally owned coffee shop in the city.

October 1, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

Google, Amazon, Starbucks Etc. And Tax

Google’s Eric Schmidt says he is perplexed in this article about the debate on his company’s tax status.

I’m not, as what these companies do is fraud.

Not necessarily on Corporation Tax, but with respect to VAT.

If say I go into John Lewis and buy say a television, I will pay VAT on the purchase. If I buy it from Amazon, I’ll probably pay some fiddled VAT rate, which will make it cheaper.

My belief is that by doing transfers like this, companies like Amazon are hurting genuine UK businesses. Andy Street of John Lewis is saying just that here.

So it should be that if you buy a television and it’s delivered in the UK, then the VAT rate should be 20%.

But Eric Schmidt is against this and is quoted in the BBC article.

The Google chairman has previously argued that corporate taxes should be paid on a company’s profits, not revenues, and should be levied in the country where it conducts economic activity and takes risks, rather than where products are consumed.

The trouble with Google, is there is no alternative, to some of the things they do.

On the other hand, I don’t use Amazon, Apple, Starbucks and quite a few other companies.

May 27, 2013 Posted by | Business, World | , , | 2 Comments

Has This Starbucks Died?

I saw this Srarbucks from a 38 bus yesterday in Theobalds Road.

Has This Starbucks Died?

Has This Starbucks Died?

It looks a bit derelict.  Is it a casualty of the company’s tax planning strategy?

April 5, 2013 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

A Useless Shopping Trip

This afternoon, I decided to go shopping to get some clothes from my holiday next week. I took the Overground to Stratford and walked into Eastfield.

It was not the most fulfilling of trips.

For a start, when I walked in, I thought I might like a tea or a cappuccino. Before the Olympics, I used to get this in the Starbucks by the station entrance, but since the Games, I’ve avoided it, as it only sells drinks in cardboard cups. These are for takeaways, not sitting in.

I then walked through to John Lewis and thought I’d see if there was a suitable coat.  I need one with a large internal pocket on my left breast, that is big enough for my newspaper or my small Samsung Tab 2.  Despite the attention of a very personable and professional sales assistant in an hijab, they couldn’t find anything, which fitted my requirements.

So it was on to Marks and Spencer, where I tried to get a second pair of cord trousers like those I was wearing. Despite having bought them only last week, I was again unlucky, as that style wasn’t stocked at Eastfield.

So I then retreated back to the Overground and came home.

That was a very unproductive shopping trip. I’ll try again in Oxford Street tomorrow. I should find the trousers, as they had quite a few pairs last week, there are a couple of Carluccio’s for some tea or coffee, but I doubt I’ll find the coat, as big pockets are so two years ago.


March 11, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Only Starbucks I Habitually Visit

I don’t generally go to Starbucks very often, but I will use this one in Bold Street in Liverpool.

The Only Starbucks I Habitually Visit

The Only Starbucks I Habitually Visit

In the 1960s, I’m fairly certain, it used to be La Bussola, which was the coffee bar, where everybody went.

March 9, 2013 Posted by | Food | , , , | 7 Comments

I’m Keeping Out Of Starbucks

It must be some time since I went into a Starbucks to have some coffee. It could have been after I saw Skyfall. But it was certainly no later than this post, where I mused about the dilemma. That would be eight weeks without a Starbucks coffee.

January 14, 2013 Posted by | Food, World | , | Leave a comment