The Stories Behind London Underground Station Names

There are over 250 stations on the London underground, and each one of those stations has a story behind its name. Some are fascinating and some are boring, but there’s plenty to be learnt by those who love trivia. Next time you’re in London, you will know the reason why the station you’re standing at has such a strange name.

Seven Sisters

The name of Seven Sisters refers back to seven elm trees which stood near Page Green, which is where the Seven Sisters Road joined Ermine Street in the old days.

Elephant_&_Castle,_London,_EnglandElephant and Castle

Famous as the setting for the Michael Caine movie “Harry Brown,” Elephant and Castle is actually named after an old pub that featured a gilt model of an elephant and a castle on its front.

Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage is named after a very famous tavern that was built in the very early 1800s, which was built in the style of a Swiss chalet. Later, the name changed to Swiss Cottage, and that became the name of the local tube station in the 1930s. If you are ever in that area, you can stop by and see the actual tavern—it’s still standing.

Maida Vale

Strange name for an English tube station? Not really. This one is named after Sir John Stuart who defeated the French army at Maida in Italy.

425196822_27c87bc924_oPiccadilly Circus

There was a circus once in Piccadilly? Perhaps—but that’s not why the tube station is named Piccadilly Circus. The actual origin of the name comes from the 17th century. A rich gentleman, who made millions by selling “Pickadillie” collars, named his house after his money spinner. When the local tube station opened in the early 1900s, nearby this house, the station was named after it.

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