Sightseeing on the Northern Line

This post was prompted by an official TFL post on this topic (here) which was missing large amounts of stuff, including basically the whole Charing Cross branch. Having linked to the bits they did cover I will now go through some of what they missed.


  • South Wimbledon: this station is only a few minutes walk from the main Wimbledon station, and Wimbledon Common, which starts not very beyond that station is well worth a visit. I used to pick blackberries there many years ago, and there is plenty to see.
  • Tooting Bec: if you exit via the building which sits between Tooting Bec and Stapleton Roads the beginning of Tooting Bec Common is only a few minutes away, and next to a bridge over a railway you will find Tooting Bec Lido. On the other side of Tooting Bec Road is Tooting Graveney Common, which also has an athletics track.
  • Oval: the station that serves one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world.
  • Kennington: The Imperial War Museum is here.


  • Waterloo: home of the South Bank Centre and the London Eye, possible starting point for a walk along the Thames.
  • Embankment: Cleopatra’s Needle is here.
  • Charing Cross: Serves Trafalgar Square, which is flanked by the National Gallery.
  • Tottenham Court Road: One of several stations within easy walking distance of the British Museum.
  • Warren Street: home of the BT Tower, a very famous building.
  • Camden Town: The local station for London Zoo.


  • London Bridge: local station for The London Dungeon and HMS Belfast.
  • Moorgate: There is an entrance to the Barbican Centre directly opposite this station, and within a few minutes walk is The Museum of London.
  • King’s Cross St Pancras: King’s Cross railway station features the sign for Platform 9 3/4, of Hogwarts Express fame.


Only one really significant location was missed on the Edgware branch – Colindale, home of the RAF Museum. Archway on the High Barnet branch was mentioned, but not the presence there of the alleged point at which Dick Whittington turned back towards London.


If you have looked at the TFL post I linked to in the introduction you will see that they missed rather more than they found (putting it politely). That is what led me to create this post, which I conclude with a map showing the entirety of the Northern line: