Are These London's Most Boring Stations?

By Londonist Last edited 24 months ago
Are These London's Most Boring Stations?

If you want bells and whistles with your daily commute, don't go via these dull station buildings. No doubt some of you will find our choices controversial — do fight your corner in the comments below.


Lots of brown at Hornchurch. Image: Ewan-M

There's not much pay off for going all the way to zone 6's Hornchurch station.


More functional than flashy at Becontree Station. Image: Sunil060902

The designers of Becontree Underground Station weren't keen on over-glamorising this plain District line offering when it was rebuilt in the 1930s. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of a faceless woman though — so it's not all bad.

Hounslow West

The only buzz here is the low flying planes. Image: Ewan-M

It might be handy for Heathrow, but Hounslow West is pretty uninspiring on the outside. Though it does have a heptagonal ticket hall, which some may find exciting.


We're yawning just looking at this place. Image: CWP Images

It reminds us of a horrible primary school we went to in the 80s, and the sight of this boring building — actually built in 1934 — is unlikely to cheer you up on your way to work, despite the tower on top.

High Barnet

A bit like a toilet block? Image: Ewan Munro

There's nothing high about the low-roofed brick shed that is High Barnet station. It looks a bit like a toilet block but retains some of its original Victorian architecture (apparently).

Hatton Cross

Hatton Cross. Image: Edward Sanderson

There's 50 shades of grey going on at Hatton Cross — and not in a sexy way. If this doesn't make you want to fly somewhere sunny from nearby Heathrow, we don't know what will.

Canons Park

Yellow door trims are the only splashes of colour at Canons Park. Image: Ian Wright

We quite like the red bit on the cashpoint on the Jubliee line's least-used stop. Everything else is making us yawn.

West Ham

We're zoning out just looking at West Ham Station. Image: OliverN5

It's got some trees, which we like, but the rest of West Ham Station is plain boring — despite the slightly sinister glass cage-like structure on the top.

Have we missed out your local snore-inducing station? Let us know in the comments below.

Last Updated 08 May 2016


Surely trolling? Most of these are some of the most awesome art-deco and modernist stations on the network...

Malcolm Edwards

North Acton station barely exists above platform level!

Zebra Chair

I rather like Osterley, Hounslow West and West Ham.


Osterley station looks like the tank that holds the guild navigator in the film Dune...

Mike kizaberg

slightly trolling londonist lmao

diamond geezer

Are These London's Most Boring Stations?


Next question?


How dare you make fun of Hounslow West! Just because it looks like an overgrown pillbox...


chancery lane....hyde park corner....have nothing


Osterley with its imposing brick tower on the A4 is only borign because of the photo you have illustrated it with!

M. Vig

I do not find any of them boring..not at all. They're pretty well maintained. I love the tranquility they carry. Yes, can be isolated at times but each one of them is a piece of history. And history is not necessarily supposed to be flashy or likeable, anyway.

Giuseppe Gazerro

sudbury hill.
and sudbury town, too.
no match.


Terrible article. I guess the well has run dry for hipster cheese shop openings.

If you're going to write an article about architecture, perhaps finding a writer with a glimmer of knowledge (or ability to read Wikipedia) would help.

"it's a rectangle.... rectangles are boring" seems to be the level of this 'journalist'.....

Barbara Miller

I've always found Newbury Park station less than exciting.

Anna Mary

The person who wrote this article is a bit elitist and knows nothing about architecture.

Aleksander Krawczyk

guys please read the heading again 'No doubt some of you will find our choices controversial — do fight your corner in the comments below.'


It’s odd that you’d choose someone completely devoid of interest in architecture to write a piece on, well, architecture… (The answer to your question is, “No”, by the way).


I recently tried to find an interesting, original design feature about Northwood Hills station on the Metropolitan Line. But try as I might, I couldn't find one thing, architecture, old clock, tile design, engraving, nothing. So I think it deserves to be somewhere on the list.


Canary Wharf


John Williams

Completely inaccurate article londonist must update and try harder.

Stephen Locke

Osterley station dates from 1934 and is by the architects Stanley Heaps and Charles Holden. It was listed by English Heritage in 1987 as being of particular architectural interest. The international modern style building may not be to the author's taste. But boring it ain't.


Hounslow West?! Seriously?

Eleanor Dn

what about lea bridge?


Osterley looks quite nice - glad to see I'm not alone judging from below comments.

Lee Butterley

Umm, how could you point out these stations, some of which are pretty special, and ignore the small shed that is Kensal Green station?

Alistair Twiname

blackhorse road beats about half of those easily

Ben Pateman

Extraordinary and (deliberately?) provocative selection. I was stunned by Hounslow West when I first encountered it. Went around photographing everything - ceiling, lighting, central wooden ticket office; all remarkable.

Andy Carter

Pop over to my blog where I'll do my best to paint every station in a favorable light as I visit them... and for the ones I really don't like, I promise to at least try and properly justify why...

Oh and how dare you put Hounslow West on here...



Wilderness Wasp Howl

Most of these are NOT boring! There are many boring ones that don't make here like Bromley-by-bow, alperton, Bethnal green!