These monuments are some of Britain’s greatest architectural landmarks, having stood in certain cases for almost two centuries. However most commuters would not stop to admire their magnificence. 

A stunning collection of photos taken over several years during lockdowns in London has shown what London commuters miss if they don’t look up. 

From William Barlow’s magnificent roof over St Pancras built in the 1860s to the £550million modernist King’s Cross redesign finished in 2012, ‘London’s Great Railway Stations’ covers a wide breadth of different styles.

London Bridge, which was opened as the capital’s first passenger terminal in December 1836. This occurred six months before Queen Victoria took the throne.

In 1899, Victoria opened the Great Central line to London. It was closed two years later. Crossrail is the latest development.

Blackfriars is home to Cannon Street and Charing Cross. Euston, Fenchurch Street, King’s Cross. Liverpool Street. London Bridge. Marylebone. Paddington. St Pancras. Victoria. Waterloo. 

Benjamin Graham was a residential course tutor in photography, club-circuit lecturer and international photographer-tour leader. Oliver Green wrote the book on public transport history. 

Sir Peter Hendy (chair Network Rail), who wrote the forward:Benjamin’s recently commissioned photos will bring back the wonder of many of these stations and remind us how important we need to treasure them.

He said, “The architecture of great railway eras has, for the most part, aged extraordinarily well. And the country, especially London, is all that richer because of our great stations.” 

  • Frances Lincoln (an imprint of The Quarto Group) publishes London’s Great Railway Stations. The book was released on December 7 and is available for £35 in hardback
PADDINGTON -- The glorious interior of London Paddington in West London, with Great Western Railway's newly introduced bi-mode Intercity Express Trains, built by Hitachi. Isambard Kingdom Brunel's triple-span iron-and-glass roof built when the station was opened in 1854 remains among the most magnificent architectural structures in the world for any transport hub

PADDINGTON — London Paddington, West London’s glorious interior, featuring the newly launched bi-mode Intercity Express Trains from Hitachi. The triple-span, iron-and glass roof of Isambard Kingdom Brunel built at the station’s opening in 1854 is one of the finest architectural structures anywhere in the world. 

ST PANCRAS -- Eurostar trains prepare for departure under William Henry Barlow's roof at St Pancras - the world's tallest and widest single span structure at the time. It has been in place since the station opened in 1868. The cast-iron trainshed was designed to be 700ft long and reach 100ft above the first floor level of the tracks, tied into the brick piers of the side walls

ST. PATRAS — Eurostar trains are preparing to depart under William Henry Barlow’s roof at St Pancras, the tallest single-span structure in the world. It has been in place since the station opened in 1868. Cast-iron trainshades were 700ft in length and 100ft high at the top of the track. They are connected to brick piers on the sides.

WATERLOO -- The former Waterloo International terminal for Eurostar trains, which opened in 1994 but closed in 2007 when High Speed 1 opened to St Pancras. It lay unused for 12 years until the platforms could be converted back for domestic rail, re-opening in 2019. The book's authors say the 'brilliant design was a shocking waste of public money through poor planning'

WATERLOO — Former Waterloo International Terminal for Eurostar Trains, opened in 1994 and closed when High Speed 1 was opened to St Pancras in 2007. For 12 years, it remained unoccupied until platforms were reopened for domestic train in 2019, after which they could be converted again for domestic use. According to the book, it was an exemplary design that resulted in a staggering waste of money and poor planning.

VICTORIA -- Railway lines exit from London Victoria, up the bank to Grosvenor Bridge and over the River Thames then past the shell of Battersea Power Station, now being restored to offices and apartments. Train sheds are pictured on the left, with the main line seen on the right. The station was built in 1860 as two separate stations next to each other, later combined into one

VICTORIA — Train lines depart from London Victoria. They travel up to Grosvenor Bridge, then over to the River Thames. After passing the Battersea Power Station shell, they reach the end of the line. The main line is visible on the right, while the train sheds can be seen to the left. The station was built in 1860 as two separate stations next to each other, later combined into one

LIVERPOOL STREET -- A nearly-empty main concourse at London Liverpool Street station which was expanded, opened up and part-reconstructed in the 1980s, with decorative features such as the Great Eastern Railway Company war memorial (top right, above the Underground sign) repositioned. The station, which is located in the City of London, opened in 1874

LIVERPOOL ST — The main concourse of London Liverpool Street station was almost empty. It was opened up, partially reconstructed and expanded in the 1980s. Decorative features like the Great Eastern Railway Company war monument (top left, above the Underground sign), were repositioned. This station is in London’s City of London and was opened in 1874.

LONDON BRIDGE -- A wet winter's night at the new London Bridge station, which stands on the site of the first passenger railway terminus in London, which opened on December 14, 1836. The station was comprehensively redeveloped by Network Rail between 2009 and 2017 with the rebuilding of all 15 platforms and the addition of two major new street-level entrances

LONDON Bridge — Wet night at London Bridge station. It is located on the spot of London’s original passenger rail terminus. This was opened December 14th 1836. Network Rail completely redeveloped the station between 2009-2017, rebuilding all 15 platforms as well as adding two new major street-level entrances.

CHARING CROSS -- The bulk of post-modern Charing Cross, seen looking west over Waterloo Bridge.  The rear of the station is seen on the right. Charing Cross is the only main-line terminus conveniently serving the West End of London, and opened in 1864 as a result of the South Eastern Railway's determination to compete with its London, Chatham and Dover Railway rival

CHARING Cross — A large portion of postmodern Charing Cross seen from the west looking over Waterloo Bridge.  On the right is the rear end of the station. Charing Cross, which is located in the West End, London’s only major-line station, was opened by the South Eastern Railway, who wanted to be a competitor with the London, Chatham and Dover Railway.

ST PANCRAS The original vehicle entrance to St Pancras at ground level, fully restored in 2012 but now pedestrianised. The ground-floor vaults below the first floor platforms were built with cast-iron pillars and girders to support the station floor deck above. They were divided into a grid based on the dimensions of the brewery warehouses in Burton-upon-Trent

ST PANCRAS This is the original entrance for St Pancras vehicles at ground level. It was fully restored in 2012 and now has been pedestrianized. Cast-iron girders supported the stations floor deck. The vaults on the ground floor below the platforms are made with cast iron pillars. The dimensions of Burton-upon-Trent brewery warehouses were used to divide them into grids.

KING'S CROSS -- King's Cross station, which first opened in 1852, was redeveloped by Network Rail in a project completed in 2012 which restored and reglazed the original arched roof and removed the 1970s extension at the front. This meant the area between the station façade and Euston Road could be cleared to create an open air plaza named King’s Cross Square

KING’S Cross — King’s Cross Station, first opened 1852. Network Rail completed a 2012 project to redevelop the station. It restored the arched roof at the top and removed the extension from the front in 1970s. This meant the area between the station façade and Euston Road could be cleared to create an open air plaza named King’s Cross Square

PADDINGTON -- One of architect Matthew Digby Wyatt's Moorish window designs in 1854 for the original Great Western Railway offices, overlooking platform one at Paddington station. Less than a decade later, the world's first urban underground railway opened in January 1863 between Paddington and Farringdon Street, giving GWR a direct onward link to the City

PADDINGTON — This is one of Matthew Digby Wyatt’s Moorish window designs, which were created in 1854 by Matthew Digby Wyatt for the Great Western Railway offices. The design overlooks Paddington station platform one. In January 1863, GWR opened the first underground urban railway between Paddington Station and Farringdon Street. This gave GWR an onward connection to the City.

WATERLOO -- A beautiful-decorated window over the former cab entrance at Waterloo station, which is now visible close up for the first time from the balcony around the concourse that opened in 2012. Today, Waterloo is the busiest railway station in Britain, used by more than 80 million passengers in a normal year and linking the capital with much of the South West

WATERLOO — Beautifully decorated window above the Waterloo station’s former cab entry. It can now be seen close-up from the balcony surrounding the concourse which opened in 2012. Waterloo, which is used daily by over 80 million people in Britain’s capital, and links the South West with large parts of London, has become the busiest British railway station.

LONDON BRIDGE -- A wider pedestrian route at London Bridge station was created below the platforms through the Western Arcade to Joiner Street and the Underground station during the major £1billion redevelopment between 2009 and 2017. This change meant relocating the existing shops into renovated barrel vaults set back from the arcade on either side

LONDON BRIDGE — A wider pedestrian route at London Bridge station was created below the platforms through the Western Arcade to Joiner Street and the Underground station during the major £1billion redevelopment between 2009 and 2017. The change required the relocation of existing shops to renovated barrel vaults that were set back from each side of the arcade.

LIVERPOOL STREET The west side of Liverpool Street railway station, which was restored and reconstructed in the 1980s. As part of the six-year redevelopment, four new brick towers in Victorian style - which were inspired by the design of the famed Great Eastern Hotel - were installed in pairs to mark the station entrances on Liverpool Street and Bishopsgate

LIVERPOOL Street The western side of Liverpool Street station was rebuilt and restored in 1980s. Four new Victorian-inspired brick towers were built in pairs as part of six year redevelopment. They were inspired from the Great Eastern Hotel’s design and were placed at the stations entrances of Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate, and Liverpool Street.

VICTORIA -- The listed roof of the former London, Chatham and Dover Railway part of London Victoria station was designed by John Fowler, engineer of the Metropolitan Railway. This side of the station was once run entirely separately from the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and there was no physical connection between them, to the confusion of travellers

VICTORIA — John Fowler of Metropolitan Railway designed the listed roof at London Victoria’s former London Chatham, Chatham and Dover Railway station. This section of the station was previously run independently from South Coast Railway London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. To the dismay of travelers, there was no connection.

KING'S CROSS -- The new departures concourse building on the west side of King's Cross station, with its spectacular roof support structure, opened in 2012. The area around King's Cross and St Pancras, which are a short walk away from each other, is known as London's most complex transport hub because three surface and six Underground lines meet in the same area

KING’S Cross — This new departures concourse building, which is located west of King’s Cross Station, was opened in 2012 with its impressive roof support structure. Because three Underground and six surface lines intersect in this area, it is also known for being London’s most complicated transport hub.

London's Great Railway Stations is by Oliver Green and Benjamin Graham. Pictured is the cover image of Paddington station

London’s Great Railway Stations was created by Benjamin Graham and Oliver Green. This is Paddington Station’s cover image.