Which Is London's Worst Tube Station?

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Which Is London's Worst Tube Station?

First in a two-parter, looking at the capital's best and worst underground stations.

Our sprawling underground system has much to commend it, but we all get irked by some of the shittier corners. So, we asked the simple question: 'which is the crappiest Tube station' on our Facebook wall. 419 votes later (via comments or 'likes' for comments), we have a definitive answer. Well, as definitive as any cobbled together, non-scientific, impromptu Facebook poll can ever be.

Here's the top ten crummiest stops on the network

Station Votes
Bank 143
Elephant & Castle 61
Covent Garden 33
Green Park 27
Finsbury Park 24
Camden Town 21
Tottenham Court Road 18
Russell Square 10
Mile End 10
Holborn 9

One station stands turd-buckets higher than the others. Bank (and its enleeched sibling Monument) got more than twice as many votes as any other stop. That said, second-placed Elephant and Castle is presumably less familiar to many, and would probably come out higher than Bank if the number of passengers per year was taken into account.

Reasons for station hatred were varied. Overcrowding was the top nuisance, particularly at Bank. Reliance on lifts accounts for most of the Covent Garden and Russell Square votes. The epic Jubilee interchange explains the high showing of Green Park. One person disliked Tottenham Court Road for the number of werewolves. Another person opted for Moor Park — seemingly one of the most civilised, affluent stations on the network...until you read it backwards.

70 stations were nominated, with a long tail of stops picking up just a handful of enemies. Of the mainline termini stations, Euston, Paddington and Liverpool Street all lacked a single vote, and Victoria only got three. Surprisingly, Stratford only received a single vote.

If all this negativity gets you down, look out for our second part tomorrow, revealing the best Tube stations in London. You can still vote up until 3pm on 19 January via our Facebook page.

Image by Owen Blacker in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 19 January 2012


Russell Square deserves to be way higher. And more people would've voted Victoria if the escalators were still under refurb.

East Village London

I really like this article...

The chaos of writhing bodies come 5pm at Oxford Circus is surely reason to place it amongst London's crummy elite though?!
On the other hand, I can understand quite clearly how Stratford has come up trumps in your poll - newly state of the art, spacious and well designed: there's very little to moan about!


Russell Sq - Pros: beautiful tiles Cons: Tourists in lifts 

Mark Walley

Euston didn't receive a single vote? Have you ever tried to enter it on a Saturday morning? Because the layout is so terrible, everyone queues up for the pitiful number of ticket machines and blocks the entrance to the barriers. Even if you don't need to top up your Oyster Card you still have to work your way through dozens of people before you can get to the barriers. That and people get confused as to why Euston Square isn't linked, and that it only has two exits, one to a busy concourse and one to the Watford train tracks. A terrible station.

The Dark Lord Squibble

Kings Cross surely - you have to walk halfway across London to change platforms!

Gareth Talbot

Moor Park backwards....classic.
Not as good as Finsbury Park backwards.


Kieren Messenger

Surprised about Elephant & Castle. Sure it's a crap station, but not 'I dread going there' crap. Embankment would get my vote. Horrid mess of walkways, stairs, escalators and bridges with seemingly the whole of London wanting to change there.

Oval :)

I like Oval best. It has classical music, quotes of the day and when the announcer says 'the next station is oval' it makes me smile because I pretend he's talking about the shape of the station. This does make me a pathetic human being, but you've got to get your small pleasures wherever you can on the tube.


The way of obviating the tedious interchanges at Green Park is simple - follow "way out" signs, go up the escalator to station level, then down the escalator for the line you want. Simples!


Maybe, but my thoughts of Bank being unpleasant are tempered by knowledge and experiecne of what it was like 20 years ago, when it was exceptionally dirty, damp in places, covered in graffiti, and  just generally utterly shambolic. Today it is only overcrowded, but none of the other things. A vast improvement in fact. (E&C is better than it used to be too, but is still quite grim)

Troy Munns

I don't get why E&C is rated so badly. Apart from the lifts, there is nothing wrong it/them!

Konstantin Yegupov

Why not Victoria? It's still pretty crazy. And, from what I've seen, the most accident-prone. As of ugliest one, I'm torn between East Putney and Whitechapel.


Russell Square is cool. I like climbing all the steps two at a time instead of taking the lift, then getting trembly legs while walking across the square.


I wouldn't say its the worst but the layout of Mile End's barriers is awful. With such a narrow hallway there's congestion even when its not that busy.


Holborn in rush hour is a nightmare - they need to seriously widen the gangways and the platform!


I like any station that has an interchange with the District Line because when the announcer says "Change for the District Line" I'm reminded of the beginning of Peter and The Wolf.


Weirdly no-one mentioned the interchange at Edgware Road. Also, is it me or do other people also always take the wrong train at Aldgate East?


It would be interesting to see the votes divided by the average footfall at each station. Can anyone help?


Richmond should be in this list. Rush hours and some of the staff are awful


Glad to see Bank up there! The changes are a mile and a half long and if you are not in a sober state you might just about end up walking endlessly and exiting at Monument near midnight.
Anyhow, Kings Cross is equally bad if you plan to change between Victoria/Northern/Piccadilly. Mates of mine from out of town managed to get lost, walk a never ending tunnel and finally took the nearest exit and then get back in again to board the correct tube.


We have not mentioned Whitechapel to small resembling a rural station.However with Crossrail re constructing the station it will be able to cope and be a supurb structure like the transformation of Farringdon now taking place.


I agree that Edgware Road should be on the list - hoardes of tourists going up and down the stairs trying to work out which platform to get their beloved Circle line from and half hour waits in the freezing cold for an eastbound Hammersmith & City line train (since the uncoupling of the Circle).


This is a heroic thread.  My vote goes to Finchley Road.  The cavalry charge of sweaty Metrolanders and Chilternians spilling off Met trains and charging on to just-about-to-depart Jubilee trains has to be seen to be believed.  Be in the way at your peril!  The cunning of the controllers as they make sure each train closes just after the one on the opposite platform has arrived, so the advance guard gets squashed against the closed doors and dragged off into the murk.  The wending and weaving between passengers who refuse to move off their chosen spot on the platform, as though they had a god-given occupation right.  And so many trains on the Jubilee line these days!  Three or four might come and go before a single Met, no wonder there are so many suicides.  Catastrophic. 


Finsbury Park Tube is awful.  Dark, dingy, no escalators and stinks of piss


I'd put Highbury and Islington in there just for what it seems to be like in rush hour or on a Saturday afteroon. Taking the wrong corridor to exit from the Victoria when there's a stampede of people coming the other way from the Overground is not a good idea, as I found out. Also getting on or off the Overground is horrendous - so many people fighting to get on and however close I get off to the exit, I still end up behind all the slow people on the stairs. It's the only station where I've seen an old lady (who was evidently scared of escalators) attempt to walk up the steps from the deep level lines, despite the fact that the down escalator was closed for repairs and there was an army of people coming down the (also very narrow) stairs.