Mapped: Fictional Stations On The London Underground

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Need to get from the East End to Merton? Here’s a trip you’re unlikely to find to find on Journey Planner: jump on the District line at Walford East, and change at Bank for the Northern Line. Take it southwards, passing through Union Street station, until you reach Hickory Road, and you’re done.

Bank aside, the stations listed above, alongside other plausible-sounding destinations like Vauxhall Cross, Hammersmith Bridge, Hobbs End and Putney Green, are among the many to have sprung from literature, film, television and even the slip of a cartographer’s pen. We’ve done our best to place them onto the map above; below, you’ll find a gallery of screenshots, models, and associated ephemera.

Most of the stations are from film and television, the most famous being Walford East, the departure point from which the denizens of Eastenders go “up west”. Others are based on stations that could have been part of the Tube network (Crouch End was part of a branch line until it closed in the 1950s), or used for TfL training purposes, such as West Ashfield and the stations that lead from it. One appears to have been created by an absent-minded Tube mapmaker while another is “located” in Paris, which would probably require a super-charged Oyster Extension Permit to reach.

In terms of geography, many of the stations are improbable and unnecessary, given the layout of the existing lines. A special award for needless complexity goes to Vauxhall Cross station, an underground lair full of gadgetry in Bond film Die Another Day: despite on-screen maps identifying it as part of the Piccadilly line, 007 accesses the station via a secret entrance on the southern side of Westminster bridge, nearly a mile from the eponymous transport interchange. The Piccadilly line is regularly abused in a such manner, with at least four single-stop branch stations, much like Aldwych was until it closed in 1994. Speaking of which, Aldwych is (unsurprisingly) the most commonly used filming location.

In selecting these stations, we’ve concentrated on those that (a) we can get a picture of, and/ or (b) we have been able to plot with a reasonable degree of certainty on the map. There are almost certainly more out there than listed in this selection, so if you know of something we’ve forgotten, or you want to quibble about some of the locations or methodology used, then dive into the comments and let us know.

See our guide to alternative Tube maps for more.

Nick Cooper’s excellent site on the Underground in film and TV was an indispensable resource in making this post. Thanks also to Ian Visits, Annie Mole, and Beth Torr for their photos / reports / DVD loans

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  • http://twitter.com/halcyonday Meg Jones

    I got a nice photos of the tube map from Union Station (taken at the same art exhibition, which was interesting but secondary to finally getting inside Kingsway!) if you want more fictional tube nerdiness: http://www.flickr.com/photos/megolas/3996561414/in/photostream

  • Lewis Baston

    Very obscure additional reference: In the first series of ‘The New Statesman’ Rik Mayall as Alan B’Stard has a meeting in a derelict ‘Haggerston’ station in the 1980s. This station is underground, unlike the actually existing (as of 2010) Haggerston which is an elevated station.

    • Dean Nicholas

      I’ve tried (and failed) to get a copy of that episode — sounds an interesting case as there was in fact an old station called Haggerston which was closed in the mid-1980s, but it was located above ground on the same stretch of viaduct that the new East London line runs along.

      • http://twitter.com/johnnyfoxlondon JohnnyFox

        Passport to Pimlico was my first thought and whilst I remember the ‘tube’ train being stopped in the tunnel for customs clearance, I don’t recall a tube station scene.  

        It was filmed mostly on a cleared bombsite in Kennington, between what’s now Hercules Road and Lambeth Road.   According to movie-locations.com if you look North toward Lambeth Bridge you can still see the railway arches which dominated the scene, but no actual station unless they built one inside Ealing Studios.

  • Fotherington of the Yard

    Wasn’t there a (pre-Victoria line) fictional Pimlico tube station in the film ‘Passport To Pimlico’?

    • Dean Nicholas

      Ooh, that’s a good shout… haven’t seen the film for years but I’ll try and get a screenshot + add it to the map.

  • HeleneSotv

    Missed the Mother of them.  An Americain Warewolf in London filmed at Tottenham Court Road.

    • Dean Nicholas

      Tottenham Court Road is a real station (although according to the film’s Wiki page the scenes were shot at Charing Cross).

      • John_rousssety

        Goodge Street, surely.I worked at Charing Cross and it certainly wasn’t filmed there.

  • HeleneSotv

    *Werewolf even.  DOH! 

    • St. Benburb’s Football C

      American even, DOH

  • http://twitter.com/simonjp Simon Powell

    …but that’s not fictional, is it? Or what did they call it in the film?

  • fairy

    Your description of why Putney Green is wrong compared to the map. You’ve said it’s between Turnham Green and Putney Bridge, but the map (or list of names rather) says Parsons Green and Putney Bridge. Funny though!

    • Dean Nicholas

      Wow, well spotted (particularly embarrassing as I’d mocked TfL’s map-makers for the mistake). It’s fixed now. Thanks.

  • Richard Morris

    I’m surprised that Legoland didn’t choose to invent a new tube station for Brick Lane!
    Real-life stations at Brockley and Rickmansworth also offer clear opportunities for brick-related punning.

  • http://www.leontravelclub.com leontravelclub

    Dream or film?

  • http://www.leontravelclub.com leontravelclub

    Dream or film?

  • http://www.rumymatch.com/ ruwebmaster

    A nice pictures :) 

  • Anonymous

    Just watched ye olde film The Yellow Balloon (1953) with Kenneth More and a wide-eyed child. The climactic scenes are set in an abandoned Tube station known as Western Road. There’s no real clue as to the location, however, other than that it’s a deep-level Tube, probably (based on the rest of the film) somewhere in the Mile End area.