The London Underground station that's so far out it's closer to St Albans than Central London

From its exterior you would never guess that Chesham has access to the London Underground
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Deep into Buckinghamshire, 25 miles from central London, lies Chesham Station, a mere 30-minute drive from St Albans. It’s the end station of the Chesham branch of the Metropolitan line, having opened in 1889.

But it’s not only its distance from central London which makes it iconic - it’s a Grade II listed building. This means it is a particularly important building of more than special interest.

It also holds historical significance as a reminder of the Metropolitan Railway's early expansion into London's peripheral zones. And upon arrival, passengers are met by a lovely red and white theme throughout the station and flower-filled pots lining the platform.

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Signal box at Chesham station
Even the signal box there is cool -Credit:Adam Toms/MyLondon

In the summer months, the surrounding trees and flowers burst into life, adding to the station's charm. As the platform sits above ground, it would be hard to look out from it and believe that you can step onto a London tube.

In fact, one train enthusiast Youtuber, Jago Hazzard, even described the station as looking "straight out of the steam age". Documenting their visit to the picturesque station, they said: "Here is Chesham. It looks straight out of the steam age with its timber signal box, its single track and its water tower. Honestly, it looks more like a station on a heritage railway than a terminus on one of the world's most famous mass transit networks."

But the Zone 9 station isn’t the only one which is quite a way away from central London. Other stations include Epping, Theydon Bois, Debden, Loughton, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Watford, and Moor Park.

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