13 stations on London Underground and train map that aren’t where they say they are – My London



Anyone who has ever fancied a night out in Clapham and ended up more than a mile away from Clapham Junction station should be furious.

London’s rail and Underground network exploded in growth during the 19th and early 20th centuries but in those wild west days, train companies were able to name the then newly created stations pretty much whatever they wanted.

And Battersea used to be a slum so what better way to convince people to use your station (Clapham Junction) than claim it was in the neighbouring fancy Clapham neighbourhood.

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Whether it is incompetence, strategic marketing or the benefit of hindsight, there are at least 12 other similar stories across London of badly named stations:

Warren Street

If you look for Warren Street in the map you might struggle to find it. Impossibly small and unmemorable, the station may be better named Euston Road.

Watford

Imagine riding the entire Metropolitan line all the way to Zone 7 and realising you’re still a good mile and a half from the town centre.

A key extension with three new stations and the closure of the current station was planned but has been abandoned due to lack of funds.

Marylebone

The station at Marylebone was originally due to be named Grand Central. At the same time Marylebone used to refer to the area north of Oxford Street, West of Regents Street and South of Marylebone Road.

Marylebone station near Baker Street changed the areas boundaries meaning there isn’t even a decent alternative.

Stratford International Rail and DLR

The first DLR station on the list but far from the last. The Stratford International rail station is on the HS1 line used by Southeastern and Eurostar trains. You can’t actually catch a Eurostar train oversees though, so the International part of the name is a bit useless.

What makes it worse is they named the adjacent DLR station at the heart of the East Village E20 area Stratford International too. At least on the train you can go as far as Dover. The furthest you can go from Stratford International DLR is across the river to Woolwich Arsenal.

Euston Square

Barely a moment’s walk from Euston proper, it is not clear why the stations haven’t been linked yet. More egregiously there is no such thing as Euston Square.

Have you ever wondered how Liverpool Street station got its name?
(Image: Irid Escent)

Liverpool Street

The millions of commuters using Liverpool Street station in the heart of the city might be hard pressed to actually show where Liverpool Street is on the map. The station is on Bishopsgate. That name would make more sense, right?

Goodge Street

Another fairly minor road that probably doesn’t deserve to have a station named after it. Would it not be better to name the station Fitzrovia?

Abbey Road DLR

The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album cover has made the studios it was recorded in, and the pedestrian crossing outside it, a major London tourist attraction.

Sadly tourists, especially those staying in the East End, regularly head to Abbey Road DLR station instead of walking there from St John’s Wood.

This is not where you want to get off if you are heading for the famous Abbey Road crossing
(Image: Kylesw555)

Edgware Road

There are two Edgware Road stations separated by a flyover and busy road junction. It is unlikely you would ever change by crossing the road when both Paddington and Baker street nearby offer better options to interchange. Maybe one should be renamed?

Bethnal Green

There are two Bethnal Green stations. One is served by the Overground and one by the Underground and they are about a five-minute walk apart. Confusingly though they have both been given the same name.

Bromley By Bow

The area is named Bromley by Bow, so it is understandable why the station has the same name. But now that London is larger and Bromley has become part of it, the huge distance is not really forgiveable.

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Cyprus DLR

Even worse than Bromley by Bow, Cyprus DLR is not even remotely close to the Mediterranean country.

Again even the most travelled of Londoners might not be able to tell you exactly what area Cyprus on the London Underground map corresponds to.

Have we missed any out? Let us know in the comments if there’s another nonsensical station name that gets your goat.