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UK train station with its own pub that’s right next to a world-class attraction

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THERE’S a tube station in London that has its very own pub, and it’s just a five-minute walk away from the city’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site.

While most passengers simply want to get on the move, there are some airports, train stations and even service stations that have become tourist attractions in their own right.

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The Tap on the Line is one of the last remaining pubs on the London UndergroundCredit: Alamy
The Tap on the Line is located within Kew Gardens Tube Station

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The Tap on the Line is located within Kew Gardens Tube StationCredit: Alamy

One of the places is Kew Gardens Tube Station in Richmond, London, which has made a name for itself because of its proximity to a pub.

The Tap on the Line is one of the last remaining pubs on the London Underground, which means it sits within the tube station.

Kew Gardens Tube Station first opened to passengers on January 1, 1869, with its architecture considered to be a rare sight in 21st-century London.

According to the Tap on the Line website, two-storey yellow-brick station buildings are “rare, fine examples of mid-Victorian railway architecture, and are protected as part of the Kew Gardens conservation area”.

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The station’s footbridge, which was built using the pioneering technique of French engineer François Hennebique, was added in 1912 and is now Grade II listed.

Originally the station’s Timber Steaming Hall (a place where timber was shaped), the Tap on the Line was later converted into a pub.

While it was originally connected to platform 1 via a door, this was removed during a renovation in 2013.

Even though the pub doesn’t have direct access to the train station, punters can still see into the platform thanks to long windows.

As well as its lofty inside space, the pub also has a leafy beer garden.

Owned by Fuller’s, the pub serves a range of traditional grub, including steak, beer-battered cod, and Sunday roasts.

Fuller’s has nearly 400 pubs, inns and hotels across the south of England.

Events also take place at the pub, including weekly Quiz Nights, which run every Wednesday.

The pub has been praised by visitors on TripAdvisor too, with one person saying: “This is a convenient place to eat if you are on your way to visit Kew Gardens.”

Another person added: “I spent an hour here after a long afternoon at Kew Gardens. It’s a lovely place for a few pints al fresco, watching commuters in a leafy little oasis.”

Someone else wrote: “What a great little pub. The weather was great during our visit, so we enjoyed sitting in the outdoor area.”

Kew Gardens Tube Station is roughly a 30-minute journey from central London, and it is served by both the District Line and the London Overground.

One-way journeys between Central London and Kew Gardens Tube Station start from £3 per ticket.

There are plenty of other attractions nearby, including Kew Gardens, which is a botanical garden that’s home to the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world.

The attraction, which is the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, has themed gardens, a treetop walkway and greenhouses.

Earlier this month, Kew Gardens revealed its new Bluey experience, where families will be able to join her for a variety of different games and activities.

The event will be held from March 29 until April 14 and will be included in the price of admission at the London attraction.

While the Tap on the Line claims to be the tube station with a pub attached, there are several others with similar accolades.

One of those places is Denmark Hill Overground Station, which also has a pub called The Phoenix within a stone’s throw of the station’s tracks.

If you’re more interested in the journey, then there are plenty of scenic rail routes throughout the UK and Europe.

One of those is along the Italian coast, and it takes just 25 minutes to complete.

Located along the Italian coastline in northern Italy, the Cinque Terre is a string of five villages, including Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

A small train runs between the five villages, and those holidaymakers who’ve managed to nab a window seat can expect seaside views overlooking crystal-clear waters, ragged cliffs and colourful buildings.

Meanwhile, you can ride a London Tube train with sea views on this British island.

And these are some of the most beautiful railway journeys in the UK.

Three scenic train journeys you can take in the UK

The UK is full of great train journeys, including some with scenic views.

  1. The West Highland Line in Scotland has previously been dubbed the best rail journey in the world, thanks to its breathtaking views overlooking mountain landscapes, serene lochs and wistful moors. Tickets start from £19.50.
  2. The East Coast Main Line from Durham to Edinburgh is another popular railway route. Passengers on this train will be treated to views of Durham Cathedral, the Angel of the North, and the King Edward VII Railway Bridge. Tickets start from £24.50.
  3. The train from St Erth to St Ives only has one stop on its route, which is complete with sea views. Tickets start from £3.
Kew Gardens is just a short walk from the pub

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Kew Gardens is just a short walk from the pubCredit: PA
One-way journeys between Central London and Kew Gardens Tube Station start from £3 per ticket

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One-way journeys between Central London and Kew Gardens Tube Station start from £3 per ticketCredit: Alamy

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