Uncover the gems of the Victoria line

The Victoria line turns 50 this month, so why not mark the occasion by spending a day discovering its lesser-known treasures? What's more, amazing destinations along the line are offering exclusive discounts in September – all during off-peak hours
Michael Garnett
Time Out in association with Transport for London |
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It’s half a century this month since London Underground trains started zooming along the first section of the Victoria line between Walthamstow Central and Highbury & Islington. Since then, it has expanded to the 16-station line we know and love today. There are plenty of great experiences to be had around the first six stations of the light-blue line; and throughout September, Transport for London is celebrating the 50th anniversary of this original section with special events and great offers in much-loved cultural venues. Whether you love the great outdoors, cutting-edge theatre or you're craving a slice of artisan pizza, we've got something for you – plus lots of fun facts about the Victoria line to boot.

These special offers are only available during the wonderful world of off-peak – and lucky for you, TfL’s off-peak prices, starting at just £1.50 for a single adult pay as you go fare, make your Victoria voyage affordable.

Hear what TfL has to say about the 50th anniversary of the Victoria line here. 

Remember to check TfL Journey Planner before you travel. 
 

              

Explore these six gems of the Victoria line

Vestry House Museum
Photograph: Vestry House
Museums, History

Walthamstow Central: Vestry House Museum

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Located in picture-perfect Walthamstow Village, this museum occupies an eighteenth-century brick building that used to be the parish workhouse. Its family-friendly displays let you travel through centuries of local history: highlights include a colourful costume gallery, a Victorian parlour and a display of toys and games. 
Free

Special offer: The first 250 visitors to visit during off-peak hours and show a copy of the Victoria line issue of Time Out (released Tuesday September 11) or show this online feature will receive a free, limited edition postcard, which has been uncovered from the Vestry House archives and hand-selected by curators. 

Did you know? Walthamstow Hoe Street station was constructed by the Great Eastern Railway and began running services through to Liverpool Street station in the 1870s. The name of the station was changed to Walthamstow Central in 1968 when the interchange to the Victoria line was constructed.

Engine House in Walthamstow Wetlands
Photograph: Penny Dixie
Attractions

Blackhorse Road: Walthamstow Wetlands

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Whether you’re a seasoned birdwatcher or just really love ducks, Walthamstow Wetlands makes a quacking marvellous day out. Its reservoirs house grey herons, little egrets, and even the rare peregrine falcon. Plus, a full programme of workshops, talks and nature walks will help you get in touch with your wild side.
Free

Special offer: Walthamstow Wetlands will be hosting an exclusive 'Wonderful Off-Peak Bird Walk'. This 90-minute guided bird walk will head off every Wednesday throughout September at 11am. Learn more about the 200-plus species of birds who call this area home, explore the fascinating industrial heritage of this site, which dates back to 1066. Reserve your space online by using the password WETLANDSTFL. 

Did you know? Blackhorse Road station has just completed a refurbishment. Check out the station’s facelift on your Victoria line adventure; highlights include new heritage installations, accessibility enhancements and a revamped entrance. 

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Styx
Photograph: Styx
Bars and pubs

Tottenham Hale: Styx

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Tottenham is having a moment, and a key reason is Styx – one of the edgiest music venues around. This former warehouse space buzzes with cutting-edge club nights, often leaning towards international electro sounds. It also doubles up as a theatre, putting on interactive and immersive shows from bold new companies. When travelling to Styx, make sure you leave time to explore the colourful, fun and fascinating heritage poster displays about the Victoria line, on display at Tottenham Hale station across the anniversary year. 
Prices vary

Special offer: Styx are offering delicious, half-price pizza when you purchase any other pizza – all you need to do is quote 'Wonderful World'. This tasty offer is valid throughout September at off-peak times (between 7.30-8.30pm weekdays and 5-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays). Styx is occasionally closed for special events, so be sure to check online for opening times. 

Did you know? Pre-empting London’s love of all things Nordic by a good half-century, the Victoria line was nearly named the ‘Viking line’, as a portmanteau of Victoria and King’s Cross.

Gareth Gardner
Art, Arts centres

Seven Sisters: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

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Tottenham Town Hall’s trendy next-door neighbour is this stark, stylish arts centre. Named after local hero Bernie Grant, one of Britain’s first black MPs, it’s dedicated to supporting diverse local talent. Step inside to discover new music, art exhibitions, theatre, dance, and comedy nights, or to grab a slap-up Caribbean meal in the café. When travelling to Bernie Grant Arts Centre, be sure to have a look at the heritage displays about the Victoria line, on display at Seven Sisters station throughout September and across the anniversary year.
Prices vary

Did you know? The platforms of each station on the line come with a unique tile design that relates to the local area. The design at Seven Sisters, by artist Hans Unger, depicts the seven trees which inspired the area’s name.

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Shopping, Bookshops

Finsbury Park: Ink@84 Bookshop

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This indie bookshop-café is loved by locals for its excellent range of fiction and non-fiction, late closing time and regular film screenings, book club meetings, book launches and workshops.
Free.

Did you know? There are two sets of decorative platform tiles at Finsbury Park. On the Victoria line, the platform tiles depict a set of crossed duelling pistols, designed by Tom Eckersley, as a nod to the dispute settlement that used to happen in the local area. On the Piccadilly line, there are balloon mosaics set into the track wall, designed by artist Annabel Grey, which are designed to ‘uplift’ travellers.

Almeida Theatre
Photograph: Philip Vile
Theatre, Off-West End

Highbury & Islington: Almeida Theatre

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This Islington playhouse has secured a reputation as one of the best places in London to experience new and innovative theatre productions. This month, check out the UK premiere of the high-energy, award-winning ‘Dance Nation’.
Ticket prices start at £10, concessions available.

Special offer: You’ll receive a free soft drink and souvenir programme when you book a ticket to ‘Dance Nation’ using the promo code DNOFFPEAK. This offer is subject to availability, and valid on all performances between Sep 5-Sep 15 (excluding fourth-price-band tickets). Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Book your tickets here

Did you know? The tile motifs at Highbury & Islington station, which were designed by Edward Bawden, depict the castle, or ‘high bury’ that once stood in the area. It was destroyed in 1381, as part of the Peasant’s Rebellion.

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Get there for just £1.50!

Yep, TfL’s off-peak fares mean that your Victoria line excursions are super affordable. Given that Victoria’s first six stations are in Zone 2 and 3, you can take advantage of £1.50 fares during off-peak periods. Off-peak fares apply on weekdays before 6.30am, between 9.30am and 3.59pm, and after 7pm, plus all day at weekends and bank holidays.

To check your fare, search TfL Single Fare Finder. Always touch in and out with the same card or device to pay the right fare. 

Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey not going via Zone 1 on Tube, DLR and most London Overground services.

Remember: children under five travel free! With a Zip Oyster photocard, five to ten-year-olds can travel free on all TfL services.

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