Finchley Road London Underground
Finchley Road
Finchley Road
Location of Finchley Road in Greater London
LocationFinchley Road
Local authorityLondon Borough of Camden
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms4
Fare zone2
OSIFinchley Road & Frognal London Overground[1]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2015Decrease 9.95 million[2]
2016Increase 10.00 million[2]
2017Decrease 9.63 million[2]
2018Decrease 9.03 million[3]
2019Increase 9.19 million[4]
Key dates
30 June 1879Opened (MR)
20 November 1939Start (Bakerloo line)
1 August 1941Goods yard closed[5]
1 May 1979End (Bakerloo line)
1 May 1979Start (Jubilee line)
Other information
External links
WGS8451°32′50″N 0°10′49″W / 51.5472°N 0.18027°W / 51.5472; -0.18027Coordinates: 51°32′50″N 0°10′49″W / 51.5472°N 0.18027°W / 51.5472; -0.18027
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Finchley Road is a London Underground station at the corner of Finchley Road and Canfield Gardens in the London Borough of Camden, north London. It is on the Jubilee line, between West Hampstead and Swiss Cottage and on the Metropolitan line between Baker Street and Wembley Park. It is in Travelcard Zone 2.

The station is 100 yards south of the O2 Shopping Centre. It serves the Frognal and South Hampstead areas. It is also a five-minute walk from the Finchley Road & Frognal station on the London Overground's North London Line, and this is marked as an official out-of-system interchange. The station is in a cutting covered by a single glass and metal canopy and is the northernmost station below street level on the line.


The platforms looking south
The platforms looking south

The station was opened on 30 June 1879 by the Metropolitan Railway (MR, now the Metropolitan line) on its extension from its now closed station at Swiss Cottage (a different station from the current Swiss Cottage Jubilee line station). The station was rebuilt in 1914 with entrances incorporated into a new parade of shops.

By the mid-1930s the Metropolitan line was suffering from congestion on its main routes from north-west London, caused by the limited capacity of its tracks between Finchley Road and Baker Street stations. To alleviate this congestion new sections of deep tube tunnels were bored between Finchley Road and Baker Street to carry some of the traffic from the Stanmore branch and stations south of Wembley Park. These new tunnels opened on 20 November 1939 and from that date Finchley Road station was also served by Bakerloo line trains running from Baker Street using the new tunnels. The Bakerloo line services were subsequently transferred to the Jubilee line when that line commenced operation on 1 May 1979.

Analysis of earth removed when tunnelling towards the station revealed that its site was the southern limit of a glacier which covered Britain in one of the Ice Ages, as illustrated in episode 3 (Ice Age) of the BBC series British Isles: A Natural History[6]


Looking north along the Jubilee line platforms.
Looking north along the Jubilee line platforms.
Finchley Road entrance in 1978
Finchley Road entrance in 1978

Finchley Road is served by London Underground Jubilee and Metropolitan line services. The Jubilee line, which is a stopping (or local) service, operates a service frequency of 16 tph (trains per hour) between Stanmore and Stratford. The Metropolitan line offers "stopping services" (with some peak hour "fast" and "semi-fast" services) (no Metropolitan line services stop at stations between Finchley Road and Wembley Park) from Aldgate and Baker Street to the north-west of London and certain stations in the home counties.


London Buses routes 13, 113, 187, 268, C11 and night route N113 serve the station.[7]


  1. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007–2017)". London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Archived from the original on 22 May 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. ^ Hardy, Brian, ed. (March 2011). "How it used to be - freight on The Underground 50 years ago". Underground News. London Underground Railway Society (591): 175–183. ISSN 0306-8617.
  6. ^ "British Isles: A Natural History". BBC. Archived from the original on 15 September 2004.
  7. ^ "Buses from Finchley Road" (PDF). TfL. 28 August 2021. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station West Hampsteadtowards StanmoreJubilee lineSwiss Cottagetowards Stratford Wembley Parktowards Amersham, Chesham, Uxbridge or WatfordMetropolitan lineBaker Streettowards Baker Street or Aldgate Harrow-on-the-HillPeak periods onlytowards Amersham, Chesham, Uxbridge or Watford Willesden GreenNo regular servicetowards Amersham, Chesham, Uxbridge or Watford   Former services   Preceding station   London Underground   Following station West Hampsteadtowards StanmoreBakerloo lineStanmore branchSwiss Cottagetowards Elephant & Castle West Hampsteadtowards Aylesbury, Chesham, Uxbridge or WatfordMetropolitan lineSwiss Cottagetowards Baker Street or Aldgate