St John's Wood tube station


St. John's Wood is a London Underground station located in St John's Wood in the City of Westminster, north-west London. It was opened in 1939 as a stop on the Bakerloo line. Today St. John's Wood is served by the Jubilee line, between Swiss Cottage and Baker Street stations and is in Travelcard Zone 2.[6] Essentially, St. John's Wood station is a local station with the nearby Metropolitan Line bypassing this station. A journey between St. John's Wood and Baker Street typically takes less than three minutes.[7]

St. John's Wood London Underground
St Johns Wood stn entrance.JPG
Station entrance
St. John's Wood is located in Central London
St. John's Wood
St. John's Wood
Location of St. John's Wood in Central London
LocationSt John's Wood
Local authorityCity of Westminster
Managed byLondon Underground
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2016Decrease 7.79 million[1]
2017Increase 7.79 million[1]
2018Increase 7.80 million[2]
2019Decrease 7.61 million[3]
2020Decrease 4.11 million[4]
Railway companies
Original companyLondon Passenger Transport Board
Key dates
20 November 1939Opened
1 May 1979Bakerloo line service replaced by Jubilee line
Listed status
Listing gradeII
Entry number1401096[5]
Added to list20 July 2011
Other information
WGS8451°32′05″N 0°10′27″W / 51.53472°N 0.17417°W / 51.53472; -0.17417Coordinates: 51°32′05″N 0°10′27″W / 51.53472°N 0.17417°W / 51.53472; -0.17417
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The station building is located on the corner of Acacia Road and Finchley Road[8] and tube maps from late 1938 and early 1939 indicate that it was originally to be given the name Acacia Road or Acacia.[9][10] This station is the nearest to Lord's Cricket Ground and Abbey Road Studios.[8] The station is therefore not to be confused with Abbey Road DLR station in east London.


Roundel on a platform at St. John's Wood

The station was opened on 20 November 1939 on a new section of deep-level tunnel constructed between Baker Street and Finchley Road when the Metropolitan line's services on its Stanmore branch were transferred to the Bakerloo line.[11] The new station replaced two nearby stations on the Metropolitan line which had closed the previous day. These were Lord's (originally named St. John's Wood Road, then St. John's Wood and, finally, Lord's) and Marlborough Road.[11]

The station was transferred along with the rest of the Stanmore branch to the Jubilee line when it opened on 1 May 1979.[11]

The station building designed by Stanley Heaps[12] is Grade II listed.[13]

The platform design remains the same as when opened in 1939, as designed by Harold Stabler. In 2006, the tiles were cleaned up and replaced.[14]


Train frequencies vary throughout the day, but generally operate every 2–5 minutes between 05:54 and 00:18 in both directions.[15][16]


London Buses routes 13, 46, 113, 187 and night route N113 stop outside the station.[17] Coach routes 712, 755, 757, 758, 768, 771, 772, 797 and A6 also serve the station. London Buses routes 139 and 189 serve Abbey Road.[17]

In popular cultureEdit

The station appeared in the music video for "Bedsitter" by Soft Cell.[7]

The recording of the underground train heard at the beginning and end of The Jam's 1978 song "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" was recorded at St John's Wood.[18]

A common trivia question is, "Which London Underground station does not contain any of the letters in the word "mackerel"? The answer is St John's Wood, which does not contain any of the letters A-C-E-K-L-M-R. This is only true because the word "Saint" is always abbreviated "St" in the name, and because Hoxton is on the London Overground but not the Underground. Victoria Coren Mitchell described this as her favourite trivia question.[19][20][21] Two former stations also fulfil the mackerel test: Wotton and Wood Siding, which were part of the Underground network between 1933 and 1935.[22]


  1. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Historic England. "St John's Wood Underground Station (1401096)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  6. ^ Standard Tube Map (PDF) (Map). Not to scale. Transport for London. January 2022. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 January 2022. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Tube Facts & Figures".
  8. ^ a b "Google Maps". Google Maps.
  9. ^ Harris, Cyril M. (2006) [1977]. What's in a name?. Capital Transport. p. 61. ISBN 1-85414-241-0.
  10. ^ Horne, Mike (2000). The Jubilee Line: An Illustrated History. Capital Transport. p. 19. ISBN 1-85414-220-8.
  11. ^ a b c Rose, Douglas (2016) [1980]. The London Underground, A Diagrammatic History (9th ed.). Douglas Rose/Capital Transport. ISBN 978-1-85414-404-1.
  12. ^ Day, John R; Reed, John (2010) [1963]. The Story of London's Underground (11th ed.). Capital Transport. p. 133. ISBN 978-1-85414-341-9.
  13. ^ "16 London Underground Stations Listed At Grade II". English Heritage. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  14. ^ "Station Refurbishment Summary" (PDF). London Underground Railway Society. July 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Jubilee line timetable: From St. John's Wood Underground Station to Swiss Cottage Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Jubilee line timetable: From St. John's Wood Underground Station to Baker Street Underground Station". Transport for London. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Buses from St. John's Wood" (PDF). Transport for London. May 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight by The Jam". Songfacts. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  19. ^ "Rob Eastaway".
  20. ^ Hartston, William (10 January 2013). "Top 10 facts about the Tube".
  21. ^ Hardman, Caroline (20 April 2011). "Who Does That: What's with all the mackerel?".
  22. ^ "Metropolitan - from Quainton Road to Brill". Underground History.

External linksEdit

  • London Transport Museum Photographic Archive
    • Station in December 1939
    • Station in June 1974 after apartment building had been constructed on top
Preceding station   London Underground Following station
Swiss Cottage
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line Baker Street
towards Stratford
Former services
Swiss Cottage
towards Stanmore
Bakerloo line
Stanmore branch (1939–1979)
Baker Street