The best things to see along the Northern Line

trafalgar square

The Northern line, running from Edgware and High Barnet, all the way down to South Wimbledon is the oldest electric railway system in the world. What’s more, many of London’s best-known attractions lie along it’s winding route.

But there are also some lesser-known gems along the Northern Line and it offers a great way to sample the full flavour of the big city. The Brewery Hotel, Chiswell Street is right next to the Moorgate stop, so the city and all it has to offer is well within reach. Because of its size, the Northern Line can also get quite busy. That’s why it pays to plan ahead and think about the things you want to see.

Without further ado, let’s see what the Northern Line has to offer.

Trafalgar Square

It’s not a visit to London without seeing Nelson up-high on his column. For those wanting to take in Trafalgar Square, the Northern Line is a great choice as it stops at Charing Cross.

Trafalgar Square is a short, seven-minute walk from Charing Cross and offers a great feel for the city, taking in some of the best known, most memorable parts of London. It’s a must see.

Primrose Hill

A long-term destination for the hip, Primrose Hill is not only fashionable but also offers great vistas.

If you hop off the Northern Line at Chalk Farm, it’s only a seven-minute walk to Primrose Hill and an insight into the bohemian air and Victorian-dominated architecture of the area. If you hike up to the high ground, you’ll be treated to stunning panoramic views of the city. The whole area is peppered with boutiques and independent businesses, so there’s always something unique to find as a souvenir.


Clapham is probably one of the best exemplars of modern London. It’s cosmopolitan, eclectic and there’s something for everyone.

The borough definitely has its own sense of style and character, with the Northern Line letting off at Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South. There’s a mixture of ultra-hip bars and eateries, catering to every appetite imaginable.

At the same time, the area is replete with small, independent shops stocking everything from antiques to clothes, and there’s also a regular farmer’s market. Over the last half decade or so, Clapham has become one of the most trendsetting boroughs in the city and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Camden Town

If you’re looking for something to do after sundown, Camden Town is probably the place to go. Stuffed with bars, pubs and cocktail drinkeries of every stripe and style, it’s the perfect place to sample London’s nightlife. If you’re staying in one of London’s 5-star city hotels, it’s a convenient trip on the Northern Line away.

Home to some of the best-known venues in the capital, Camden Town is a hotbed for the London rock music scene. There are venues aplenty in the borough, with The Roundhouse probably the most famous. It seemed like the curtain had fallen on this venerable location, but it reopened in 2006 and has seen the likes of Radiohead and Britney Spears performing there in recent years.