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Charing Cross was opened in 1864 and was the product of the Southern Eastern Railway's need to extend westward from London Bridge to get its passengers from Kent right into the heart of London.
Today over 37 million people pass through London Charing Cross station every year.
Situated on the forecourt of the station is the Eleanor Cross, from which road distances to the centre of London are measured. Queen Eleanor was the wife of Edward 1 and the cross is one of many erected at points on the journey where her body was rested on its way from Lincoln to Westminster for burial.