Last year, four of my friends and I headed to London for the day to celebrate my eighteenth. Our train was from Moor Street, and much to my surprise, a couple of my friends had never been. They loved the station's nostalgic atmosphere and felt as if they were on Platform 9 3/4! But Moor Street Station wasn't always so well looked after. Since opening in 1909, the terminus has been messed about with rather a lot... being opened, closed, reopened, left to decay etc... Thankfully, the original station was not demolished, and after decades of being unappreciated, it was decided in the 2000's that the station would be refurbished in the gorgeous 1930's style, hence the signage, benches and clock. I adore the black and white signs that sit proudly above commuters... they're just so simple and feel so British. I wish that New Street Station had been refurbished in a 1930's style too... that's never going to happen, but a girl can dream!
Being a terminus, Moor Street has a compact feeling that New Street could never emulate with it being such a busy and large station. Moor Street's concourse is home to two refreshment rooms, the Centenary Lounge, decorated in an Art Deco style and complete with a fireplace, and the (wittily named) Moor...ish. Both offer plenty of seating, and in such a beautiful, light filled building, it is very tempting to sit yourself down and take it all in! The flower kiosk is another quirky addition, and I've even been to a market at the station, selling arty and crafty bits and bobs... it is such a lovely location.
So many people unfairly label Birmingham as an ugly city with a lack of character and old architecture. Moor Street Station defies this stereotype and is an old fashioned gem in a modern metropolis. Although half of me wishes it was more well known, the other half enjoys how it's a quiet treasure, standing politely and courteously just yards away from its futuristic neighbours.