Which Is London’s Best Tube Station?

Second in a two-parter, looking at the capital’s best and worst underground stations. The worst are here.

Yesterday’s poll on the worst stations on the network brought out all grumbles many and varied. We were heartened, therefore, to find an similar outpouring of opinion when we asked our Facebook followers for the best Tube station in London.

Southgate station.

Here are the top 10 best underground stations:

Station Votes
Westminster 61
Canary Wharf 40
Baker Street 28
Southgate 15
Caledonian Road 14
Angel 9
Canada Water 9
Oval 9
St John’s Wood 8
North Greenwich 7

So, a clear winner in Westminster, with most voters citing the impressive architecture for their fondness (two commenters compared it to a zone from old TV show The Crystal Maze). Stations on the Jubilee extension, which opened a little over a decade ago, fared well in general. Four of the top 10 (Westminster, Canary Wharf, Canada Water and North Greenwich), including the top 2, are from this period. Older architectural styles were also rewarded. Although Southgate won’t be familiar to many readers, the station makes it into fourth place for its 1930s flying saucer-like design.

One other pattern was particularly heartening: the friendly, courteous and sometimes entertaining demeanour of London Underground station staff. Caledonian Road features so highly for this reason, and it was also a contributory factor at Angel and Oval, where the ‘quote of the day’ whiteboards are cherished by commuters. Warwick Avenue didn’t make the top 10, perhaps because it is little-used compared with the bigger stations above, but two people commented on the ‘friendliest man on the underground’ who dwells within.

Thanks to everyone who contributed comments, votes and likes to this non-scientific, light-hearted survey. In total, we received 296 votes for 63 stations.

See the worst stations on the London Underground here.

Image of Southgate station by Art of the State in the Londonist Flickr pool.

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  • http://twitter.com/onasixpence On A Six Pence

    Where is Vauxhall? I demand a re-count.

  • http://twitter.com/rob_s_smith rob_s_smith

    Caledonian Road Tube worth a visit to see the Service Information board artwork created Kim, one of the cheerful staff there. Worthy of an exhibition.

  • http://twitter.com/LAU4A Laura W

    They do the ‘Quote of the Day’ at Clapham South, and they play classical music.  It makes me feel really civilised… and then I get on a tube, get stuck under a sweaty man’s armpit and emerge and hour later, six stops down the line, feeling very UN-civilised.

  • Ck

    I always like passing through Mornington Crescent, it always looks nice, clean and tidy! unlike a lot of others on that list =/

  • Parkylondon

    I think it would be really interesting (yeah I know, maybe not THAT interesting) if you were able to take into account the number of passengers using the stations on both lists.Whether it would still work (statistically speaking) is another question. One vote for Roding Valley would very probably screw it all up.
    Roding Valley is/was the least used station on the Underground…

  • Carl Seltz

    Wot no Barking? What’s a tube station with out a bunch of shady people hanging outside? Pah!

  • Kareena86

    Omg I can’t believe I missed this. I would have definitely voted for Warwick avenue Station. Here is one of the many doodles from TFL’s friendliest employee. Scrap that. London’s friendliest employee. He is awesome.

    • Julillo23

      Is incredible how staff can make the difference.

  • Wicksandrea

    South gate looks much better cared for than the very similar Hanger Lane

    • VagueShot

      Southgate has been used in films. Ask the staff to show you their immaculate brass counters in the old ticket office. You only get a shine like that with elbow grease.

      Incidentally, I first used the station in 1957 or so.

  • Beth Nichols

    I totally know that Friendliest Man at Warwick Ave! And I’ve only been through there a couple of times! 

  • a

    I live in St Johns Wood, and don’t see why it has 8 votes… We have a crap high street and the only real point of interest is Lord’s.