Sloane Square London Underground
Station entrance
Sloane Square is located in Central London
Sloane Square
Sloane Square
Location of Sloane Square in Central London
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone1
London Underground annual entry and exit
2018Decrease 15.62 million[1]
2019Increase 16.59 million[2]
2020Decrease 6.28 million[3]
2021Increase 7.38 million[4]
2022Increase 12.77 million[5]
Key dates
24 December 1868Opened (DR)
1 February 1872Started "Outer Circle" (LNWR)
1 August 1872Started "Middle Circle" (GWR)
30 June 1900Ended "Middle Circle"
31 December 1908Ended "Outer Circle"
Other information
External links
Coordinates51°29′33″N 0°09′24″W / 51.4925°N 0.1566°W / 51.4925; -0.1566
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Sloane Square is a London Underground station in Chelsea, serving Sloane Square. It is served by the District and Circle lines, between South Kensington and Victoria stations and is in Travelcard Zone 1.[6]

The entrance to the station is on the east side of Sloane Square (A3217). It is adjacent to the Royal Court Theatre and is the nearest station for King's Road shopping, the Peter Jones department store and the Cadogan Hall.[7]


Plan of Sloane Square station, Sloane Square and surrounding streets, as they were in 1888.

The station was opened on 24 December 1868 by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) when the company opened the first section of its line between South Kensington and Westminster stations.[8]

The River Westbourne, one of London's many subterranean rivers, flows above the station in a large iron conduit.

The construction of the station was complicated by the crossing of the site by the River Westbourne which ran through Hyde Park as the Serpentine Lake and was originally crossed by the Knight's Bridge at Knightsbridge. The river was carried above the platform in a large iron pipe suspended from girders. This pipe remains in place today.[9]

The DR connected to the Metropolitan Railway (MR, later the Metropolitan line) at South Kensington and, although the two companies were rivals, each company operated its trains over the other's tracks in a joint service known as the "Inner Circle".

On 1 February 1872, the DR opened a northbound branch from its station at Earl's Court to connect to the West London Extension Joint Railway (WLEJR, now the West London line) to which it connected at Addison Road (now Kensington (Olympia)). From that date the "Outer Circle" service began running over the DR's tracks.[10] The service was run by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) from Broad Street (now demolished) in the City of London via the North London line to Willesden Junction, then the West London Line to Addison Road. From Addison Road it ran over DR tracks to Mansion House.[10]

From 1 August 1872, the "Middle Circle" service also began operations through Sloane Square running from Moorgate along the MR's tracks on the north side of the Inner Circle to Paddington then over the Hammersmith & City Railway (H&CR) track to Latimer Road then, via a now demolished link, to the West London line to Addison Road and the DR to Mansion House. The service was operated by the Great Western Railway.[11]

On 30 June 1900, the Middle Circle service was withdrawn between Earl's Court and Mansion House.[12] On 31 December 1908, the Outer Circle service was also withdrawn.[12]

In the late 1930s, the station building was rebuilt in the modern style. Escalators were installed between the ticket hall and the platforms in early 1940, making the station the first on the sub-surface network to have escalators.[13] The new station building did not last long as it was mostly destroyed during World War II. A German bomb that fell in November 1940 killed 37 and injured 79 passengers on a train[14][self-published source] in the station and destroyed the ticket hall, escalators and the glazed roof over the tracks.

In 1949, the Metropolitan line operated Inner Circle route was given its own identity on the tube map as the Circle line. By 1951 the station had been rebuilt again in a similar style to the 1930s building. The arched glass roof was not replaced and the current station does not have the light open atmosphere of the original. The office building above the station entrance is a later addition.

The Hole in the Wall pub on the eastbound platform existed from 1868 to 1985.[15]

Incidents and accidents

On 5 April 1960, Peter Llewelyn Davies, one of the Llewelyn Davies boys who were the inspiration for the boy characters of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and who resented the public association with the character named after him, committed suicide by throwing himself under a train as it was pulling into the station.[16]

On 26 December 1973, a terrorist bomb exploded in the telephone kiosk in the booking office. No one was injured.[17][self-published source]

Former Chelsea-Hackney line proposal

Sloane Square was considered as a potential station on the long-proposed Chelsea-Hackney line which has been absorbed into plans for Crossrail 2. The station is no longer on the planned route.[18]


London Buses routes 11, 19, 22, 137, 170, 211, 319, 360, 452, C1 and night routes N11, N19, N22 and N137 serve the station.[19][20]

In popular culture

Sloane Square is one of two tube stations (the other being South Kensington) mentioned in the song "When you're lying awake" from the operetta Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan.[21]


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  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2022. Transport for London. 4 October 2023. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  6. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. April 2024. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 May 2024. Retrieved 3 June 2024.
  7. ^ "Sloane Square Tube Station". Google Maps.
  8. ^ Rose 1999.
  9. ^ Jones, Ian (28 November 2012). "69. The river over Sloane Square". 150 Great Things About the Underground. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  10. ^ a b Horne 2006, p. 15.
  11. ^ Bruce 1983, p. 11.
  12. ^ a b Lee 1956, p. 29.
  13. ^ Middleton, Peter (producer & writer) (1989). Metropolitan and District 1989 Driver's Eye View (documentary). Video125.
  14. ^ Cooper, Nick. "Sloane Square 12/11/40". The Underground at War.
  15. ^ "A History of Pubs on the London Underground". IanVisits. 25 December 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  16. ^ Birkin, Andrew (1979). J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys. Yale University Press.
  17. ^ Cooper, Nick. "Terrorist Attacks on the London Underground". The Underground at War. Archived from the original on 13 October 2006.
  18. ^ "Citizen Space – Crossrail 2 – October 2015". Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Buses from Sloane Square" (PDF). TfL. 29 June 2024. Retrieved 28 June 2024.
  20. ^ "Night buses from Sloane Square" (PDF). TfL. 29 April 2023. Retrieved 28 June 2024.
  21. ^ "When You're Lying Awake (lyrics)". Boise State University. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2016.


Preceding station London Underground Following station
South Kensington
towards Edgware Road
Circle line
towards Hammersmith via Tower Hill
South Kensington District line
towards Upminster