The Central Line, the red line on London Underground maps, runs through central London.
The line begins at Epping in the northeast and ends at a) Ealing Broadway in the west and b) West Ruislip in the northwest. The Central line covers a distance of 74 km (46 miles) and serves 49 metro stations.
Listed below are some of the 49 tube stations that are likely to be used by most tourists when visiting London.
Stratford station is the stop where the Olympic Village is located (London 2012 Olympics). You must change here for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and stop at Pudding Mill Lane (1 stop from Stratford Station) where the Olympic Stadium is located.
Liverpool Street Station is one of the main train stations in London. This is the station where visitors take the train to Stanstead Airport.
Other attractions close to Liverpool Street Station include the Gherkin Building, Toynbee Hall and the Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Bank Station is close to several tourist attractions such as the Mansion House (the official residence of the Mayor of the City of London), the Bank of England, The Royal Exchange, Leadenhall Market and Lloyd’s Building.
Lloyds Building is home to the insurance institution, Lloyds of London, the world’s leading insurance market.
St. Paul’s Station is a short walk from St. Paul’s Cathedral, the second largest cathedral in the world after St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome.
Other tourist attractions near St Paul Station include the Museum of London, the Millennium Pedestrian Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and the Tate Modern. From the Tate Modern you can take a relaxing stroll along the riverside and take in the wonderful sights and sounds of London.
Near Chancery Lane Station are the Inns of Court, Royal Courts of Justice, the Yeomanry Museum and London Silver Vaults (home to the world’s largest retail collection of fine antique silver).
Stop at Holborn Station for Lincoln’s Inn, the British Museum, the Sir John Soane Museum, the Hunterian Museum, the London School of Economics, and the Royal College of Surgeons.
During the year, law students must dine “in the Hall” at Lincoln’s Inn a certain number of times before qualifying to be “called to the Bar.”
Get off at Tottenham Court Road Station if you visit the British Museum, the Dominion Theater and the YMCA Central. Most of London’s West End and Chinatown theaters are located south of Tottenham Court Road station.
Tottenham Court Road stores are famous for selling electrical goods such as televisions and computers.
Oxford Circus station is the center of London’s busiest shopping district. This is where Oxford Street (which runs east-west) meets Regent Street (which runs north-south). Both Oxford Street and Regent Street are very busy shopping streets and this is why most people prefer to stop at Oxford Circus when they come to the West End to shop.
Bond Street Station is one stop west of Oxford Street Station. The Bond Street shops carry stylish and expensive designer clothes and accessories. Celebrities from all over the world are often seen shopping on Bond Street.
New Bond Street and South Moulton Street, both famous for their elegant and expensive jewelery and watches, are within walking distance of Bond Street Station.
Selfridges department store is just a couple of minutes walk from the station.
Marble Arch Station is located at the west end of Oxford Street. Opposite Marble Arch Station is Park Lane, famous for its 5-star hotels such as the Dorchester Hotel, InterContinental Hotel and Hilton Park Lane. If you walk to the middle of Park Lane, you will see the Animal at War Memorial. This memorial is to commemorate the contributions made by the animals that served alongside the troops during the war.
Hyde Park is located west of Marble Arch Station and Speakers Corner is just under a 5 minute walk.
Lancaster Gate Station is where you get off if you visit the Italian Gardens of Hyde Park, Serpentine, Diana, Princess of Wales Fountain, and Bayswater Road Artists Gallery.
Queensway station is the stop if you visit Kensington Palace. You can also start your “Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Walk” from Kensington Gardens on the other side of the station. This is a 7 mile walk through 4 royal parks, 3 royal palaces, and several popular London landmarks. Just follow the Diana Memorial Walk plaques that are embedded along the route.
The modern Notting Hill Gate is famous for the Notting Hill Gate Carnival. This event is held here annually during the August bank holiday and is hosted by the Caribbean community. This is a very popular event and every year hundreds of thousands of people converge here to join in the celebrations.
The Portobello Road Market is also known internationally and is busiest on Saturdays.
Holland Park is a beautiful park with its famous greenhouse, Kyoto Garden, and open-air theater.
Holland House, originally known as Cope Castle, is now a ruin, having been destroyed by bombs during WWII.
Adjacent to Shepherd’s Bush Station is the Westfield Shopping Center with more than 300 stores under one roof and is currently the largest urban shopping complex in Europe.
White City Station. Here you can visit the BBC Television Center and join their tours. Nearby is Loftus Road Stadium, home to the Queens Park Rangers football club and the London Wasps rugby club.
In addition to Stratford station (zone 3) and Holland Park, Shepherd’s Bush and White City stations (zone 2), all other Central Line stations listed above are in zone 1. So if you don’t plan To visit these stations, you only need to buy a 1-day Travelcard for zone 1. That will give you unlimited rides for one day in zone 1 by both bus and metro.