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You’re probably here because of our list, An Interesting Fact About Every London Tube Station.

Now, like the Underground itself, the list is pretty huge. And also like the Underground, we thought we’d make it easier to navigate – so we also created a little splinter list dedicated to stations on The Central Line (which – bonus fact! – is 46 miles long, making it the longest tube line). A list which, lo and behold, you’ll find on this very page…

West Ruislip

The longest journey you can take without a change on the entire Underground network is 37 miles from West Ruislip to Epping.

Ruislip Gardens

The station achieved poetic immortality in Poet Laureate John Betjeman’s poem Middlesex.

South Ruislip

The concrete, glass and granite chip frieze in the booking hall is one of the earliest public works by glass artist, Henry Haig, who would go onto become one of Britain’s most revered stained glass artists.

Northolt

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Northala park next door features four man-made hills, constructed from the waste rubble of Wembley stadium.

Greenford

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Used its original, century-old wooden escalator right up until 2014.

Perivale

Is an anagram of “rail peve”.

Hanger Lane

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In a reversal of most other stations, it has to be entered underground, but the station itself is entirely above ground.

Ealing Broadway

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Platforms 8 & 9 still contain some of the pre-roundel logo designs.

West Acton

Although Rodney and Del of Only Fools and Horses purportedly live in Peckham, the actual housing estate featured in the TV sitcom is in Acton, next to the tube station.

North Acton

Station staff regularly participate in Transport for London’s annual Underground in Bloom competition, and in 2010 won first prize in the Fruit and Vegetable category, for their sweetcorn and strawberries.

East Acton

Not actually in the borough of Acton, it just took the name to be part of the trend – there are seven Acton stations on the network.

White City

The architectural design of the station won an award at the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Shepherd’s Bush

The station has no lifts because, due to nearby utilities, they would cost £100m to install. Adjusted for inflation, that’s about half the cost of the construction of entire Metropolitan Line.

Holland Park

Built with a flat roof in order for a retail unit to be built on top of it. 115 years later, there is still no retail unit.

Notting Hill Gate

The reason it’s called Notting Hill Gate is because it was literally a gate: it used to be a toll road.

Queensway

Named Queen’s Road originally (because Queen Victoria was born nearby), but people thought that ‘lacked distinctiveness’, so was changed.

Lancaster Gate

Despite its name, the station is close to the Marlborough Gate entrance to Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens, about 300m to the east of the Lancaster Gate entrance.

Marble Arch

The Marble arch opposite the station was originally going to be the entrance to Buckingham Palace.

Bond Street

Has the shortest escalator on the network, with a vertical rise of 4.1m.

Oxford Circus

In 1969, to celebrate the opening of the new Victoria Line, The Queen ‘took the wheel’ of a train, and drove it from Green Park to Oxford Circus.

Tottenham Court Road

Was originally called Oxford Street (before Oxford Circus opened).

Holborn

Was used to store British Museum treasures during WW2. A newspaper even offered a cash reward to anyone who dared spend the night there in the 60s amid rumours of a mummy ghost – nobody took them up on it.

Chancery Lane

In the ’70s, the former air raid shelter built underneath the station was turned into a telephone exchange with 200 staff, its own restaurant, bar, and games room, all 200ft below the surface.

St. Paul’s

During the Second World War, the electricity grid control room for London and Southeast England was housed here, in the lift shaft.

Bank

Has the most entrances/exits of any tube station with 12.

Liverpool Street

Built on the original site of the Bethlehem (Bedlam) mental asylum.

Bethnal Green

In Anglo Saxon, Bethnal Green literally means “happy corner”.

Mile End

Is named so because it’s exactly one mile from the eastern boundary of The City of London.

Stratford

Has the shortest escalator on the network, with a vertical rise of 4.1m.

Leyton

Is home to one of the most accident-prone stretches of the Underground network: the line between Leyton & Stratford has had several fatal crashes, including one in 1953 in which 12 people died, the worst accident on the tube at the time.

Leytonstone

Features 17 mosaics of Alfred Hitchcock films & famous moments.

Wanstead

The tunnels between Wanstead and Gants Hill to the east were turned into munitions factories during WW2.

Redbridge

Also during WW2, the train tunnels at Redbridge were used as an aircraft parts factory.

Gants Hill

Is the easternmost station to be entirely below ground on the London Underground network.

Newbury Park

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The bus shelter attached to it is Grade II listed. The station isn’t.

Barkingside

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Is the only station on the network with an ornate, medieval-style Hammerbeam Roof (usually only used in great halls or cathedrals).

Fairlop

The only tube station named after a tree.

Hainault

The lifts are the shallowest on the London Underground network, having a descent of just 0.67 metres.

Grange Hill

Destroyed by a V1 “doodlebug” bomb during WW2.

Chigwell

Serves the town of Chigwell, which Charles Dickens described as “the greatest place in the world”.

Roding Valley

The quietest tube station on the line, each year transporting the same number of passengers as Waterloo does in one day.

Snaresbrook

Most of the station’s Victorian features remain today, including brick buildings, extensive cast iron, and timber canopies.

South Woodford

The only station in which the name on the station’s own roundels is different to the official name – they call it South Woodford (George Lane).

Woodford

A wooden owl was put into the station’s rafters during recent refurbishment as a reference to the owl sanctuary nearby.

Buckhurst Hill

The only through station in zones 1 to 6 on the Underground to be in a zone on its own – passengers travelling from the station leaving in either direction must cross a zone boundary.

Loughton

The station was originally built so that City workers would have easy access to Epping Forest.

Debden

Debden station was the setting for the Victorian ballad “The Chigwell Stationmaster’s Wife”. Not Chigwell.

Theydon Bois

Is the only part of Theydon Bois that has street lighting – the rest of the town has none in order to maintain ambiance.

Epping

Has the largest public London Underground station car park with 519 spaces. It’s usually still full by around 6.30am each day though.

 


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