London Tube Map

London Tube Stations, Routes and Historical Information

The Circle Line

The London Tube's Circle Line appears on the London Tube Map as a yellow line and loops around London north of the Thames. It was originally created in 1853 when the Metropolitan Railway opened a line between Paddington and Farringdon Street.

Work on the line stalled for various reasons before its completion in 1884. Despite originally being operated using steam trains, electrification was introduced and took over completely in 1905.

circle line tube map

The line took over from many parts of the Metropolitan line, and the success of the circular route led to the construction of further such routes within London:

  • Middle Circle (Aldgate to Mansion House via Kensington Olympia)
  • Outer Circle (Broad St to Mansion House via Willesden Junction)
  • Super Outer Circle (St. Pancras to Earl's Court via Cricklewood/Sth. Acton)

Despite the success of the original circle, these extra routes did not perform as well and all three were eventually ended, though other services still continue on those lines today.

Map Colour Yellow
Year Operated 1884
Year Opened 1863
Year Named 1949
Length 17mi (27.2km)
Journeys 74,000,000
Stations Aldgate
Baker Street
Barbican
Bayswater
Blackfriars
Cannon Street
Edgware Road
Embankment
Euston Square
Farringdon
Gloucester Road
Goldhawk Road
Great Portland Street
Hammersmith
High Street Kensington
King's Cross St. Pancras
Ladbroke Grove
Latimer Road
Liverpool Street
Mansion House
Monument
Moorgate
Notting Hill Gate
Paddington
Paddington
Royal Oak
Shepherd's Bush Market
Sloane Square
South Kensington
St. James's Park
Temple
Tower Hill
Victoria
Westbourne Park
Westminster
Wood Lane