The London Underground station named after a place that doesn't actually exist

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The London Underground network is full of hidden secrets and unusual quirks and a Tube station in Central London is full of these oddities - starting with its name.

Queensway station, on the corner of Hyde Park, isn't named after its location, like pretty much all the other stations on the London Underground network. Queensway station was first named Queen's Road station when it opened on July 30, 1900.

This again is odd, as there is no Queen's Road nearby now, but during the late 19th century, the Queensway road was once named Queen's Road after Queen Victoria, soon after she ascended the throne in 1938. The road was renamed Queensway in 1938 to give the name a bit more distinctiveness, according to Exploring London.

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Queensway station
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Therefore, it makes sense that two years later, the Underground station nearby would follow suit. Exploring London suggests that the reason the road was named Queen's Road in the first place was that it used to be one of Queen Victoria's favourite roads to ride down when she lived at Kensington Palace.

But this isn't the only quirk about Queensway Tube station. The building itself has an interesting history as one of the only remaining buildings left from the designs for the Central London Railway.

It's distinguished by its flat roof so that commercial development could take place above it. In the early 1900s, the Coburg Hotel opened above Queen's Road station (as named at the time) and even featured in a 1950s film, the Yellow Balloon.

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