South Hampstead Platform

South Hampstead Platform

South Hampstead Entrance

South Hampstead Entrance

South Hampstead Platform

South Hampstead Platform

 

It opened in 1879 as "Loudon Road station" and acquired its present name in 1922. Two platforms on the Euston to Watford DC Line remain; those on the slow main lines were largely demolished in the 1960s. During the West Coast Main Line electrification the original LNWR street building was replaced by one in the 1960s "brick lavatory" style and a new station footbridge was constructed. Traces of the removed station canopies and older footbridge can be seen in the brickwork of the retaining walls on both sides of the line. South Hampstead station was evocatively described by Sir John Betjeman in his First and Last Loves, 1952. Notable residents and organisations include: Sigmund Freud and his daughter Anna Freud, who lived at 20 Maresfield Gardens (currently the home of the Freud Museum); Nahum Sokolow, author and Zionist statesman; The 43 Group, an anti-fascist group of Jewish ex-servicemen after WW2 who broke up right wing marches and fought fascists in the streets, was founded here; Kylie Minogue, singer; Stephen Fry, actor; Matt Lucas, actor; ETA, the Basque separatist group, and PLO, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, used houses here as safe houses in the 1970s and Barry Humphries, Australian celebrity known for playing Dame Edna Everage

 

South Hampstead railway station is on Loudoun Road in the London Borough of Camden. It is about 550 yards (500 m) south west of Swiss Cottage tube station. The typical service is three trains per hour to London Euston, and three trains per hour to Watford Junction, calling at all stations, although this reduces to two trains per hour in the late evenings and on Sundays. The entrance looks like a shed in someone's back garden. The station has wi-fi and a waiting room but no toilets.

 

Connections: London Buses route 31 and night route N28 and N31 serve the station.