If you were not already familiar with London's many 'ghost stations', you could be forgiven for initially conjuring up images of malevolent spirits wandering through darkened tunnels and ticket offices at midnight. In reality, the term is used to describe a disused and/or abandoned station on the London Underground.
Once you have become accustomed with the iconography of London's subterranean railway, you can pick out these rejected structures that previously provided access to the Tube. Most of them ceased operation due to low passenger numbers - often as a result of poor planning. In some cases, the next station on the line was literally just a stone's throw away. The total of idle stops on the network is well into double figures.
A short distance from Harrods is one such 'ghost station' - Brompton Road. Located on the Piccadilly Line between Knightsbridge and South Kensington, it was in use from 1906 to 1934. The frontage was removed in 1972 and only a service entrance survives along Cottage Place. It goes unnoticed by nearly all passing pedestrians.
What does remain is clearly identifiable as a former Tube station: the ox-blood red tiles are the work of the early 20th century architect Leslie Green. Other examples of Green's glazed terracotta exteriors include Russell Square, Covent Garden and Hampstead. All three still continue to invite travellers down to the bowels of the capital.
After closure in the 1930s, Brompton Road was acquired by the Ministry of Defence. During World War II it functioned as a hub that coordinated central London's anti-aircraft defences. The building was recently sold by the Government and presently awaits redevelopment.