The London Underground station that's confusingly not where its name suggests

A woman walks on the platform of a metro station near Grenfell Tower, covered in scaffolding and lit in green, in west London to honour the 71 people who died when a fire ripped through the tower block
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The majority of London’s Underground stations are exactly where you expect them to be - Vauxhall, Bow, Oxford Circus, Shepherd’s Bush, you name it, they’re there. But you mustn't assume you’re the station you’ve gotten off at is in the heart of the area you’re going.

Some tube stations aren’t actually at the location they say they are, far from it, in fact. One of these befuddling stations is Latimer Road which sits on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, between Wood Lane and Ladbroke Grove stations.

You’d expect Latimer Road Station to be on…Latimer Road, but instead it’s on Bramley Road - 500 metres away. It opened on December 16 1868 at a junction formed between two railway lines - the Hammersmith & City Railway and the West London Railway.

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Much of the station resembles fellow Hammersmith & City line station Westbourne Park. However what some people don't know is how the station is very closely tied to the area it's in.

On June 14 2017 a fire tore through nearby tower block The Grenfell Tower, taking the lives of 72 people. Latimer Road Station is right behind the 24-storey block and automated announcements routinely ring out asking passengers on platforms not to take photos.

This is mainly done as a gesture of respect to those affected by the catastrophe, but also because flashes from phones and cameras can distract oncoming drivers trying to pay attention to signals. In fact, in 2018 The UK Government made the case that Latimer Road Station should be renamed as a tribute to The Grenfell Fire, although the decision ultimately lies with Transport for London (TfL).

Why is it called Latimer Road?

The station's name comes from a local philanthropist - Edward Latymer - who also has a nearby private school named after him, says Hidden London. In the 1960s the UK began building dual carriageway The Westway, which cuts clean across Latimer Road and Bramley Road (where the station is), and the southern section of Latimer Road was renamed Freston Road.

In fact, if you inspect Google Maps, you'll be able to see how Freston Road and Latimer Road were once the same thing, until the dual carriageway separated them. Freston Road meets Bramley Road, close to where the station is located, so you can see how there was a time when the station's name made more sense.

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