The Piccadilly line’s route follows the path of the road network. This is due to the fact that the authorities did not charge a fee for building under roads, whereas tunnelling under houses would mean paying compensation. Between South Kensington and Knightsbridge the tube steers away from the road, however, in order to avoid a large plague pit.
South Kensington station is located next to (with some exits on) Exhibition Road, where the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum are all located. Before the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851, the land of South Kensington was vacant, but afterwards an 87-acre plot was bought, to be dedicated to the arts and exhibitions.
Beatrix Potter, Virginia Woolf and Francis Bacon were all residents of the South Kensington area.
Artworks are currently installed at the following stations