Temple tube station

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Temple London Underground

Entrance on Victoria Embankment
Location of Temple in Central London
Location Victoria Embankment
Local authority City of Westminster
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 1
OSI Blackfriars National Rail [1]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2012 Decrease 7.82 million[2]
2013 Increase 7.92 million[2]
2014 Increase 8.14 million[2]
2015 Increase 8.60 million[2]
Railway companies
Original company District Railway
Key dates
1870 Opened
1872 Started "Outer Circle" (NLR)
1872 Started "Middle Circle" (H&CR/DR)
1900 Ended "Middle Circle"
1908 Ended "Outer Circle"
Other information
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WGS84 51°30′40″N 0°06′52″W / 51.5111°N 0.1144°W / 51.5111; -0.1144Coordinates: 51°30′40″N 0°06′52″W / 51.5111°N 0.1144°W / 51.5111; -0.1144
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Temple is a London Underground station located at Victoria Embankment in the City of Westminster, close to its boundary with the City of London. It is on the Circle and District lines between Embankment and Blackfriars, and is in fare zone 1.

The station was opened in 1870 with the name The Temple, from the Temple area in the vicinity of Temple Church, and from the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple, two of the four Inns of Court of London. The definite article in the name fell out of use quite early.


The Temple station was opened in the parish of St. Clement Danes on 30 May 1870 by the District Railway (DR; now the District line) when the company extended its line from Westminster to St. Paul's station (now called Blackfriars). The construction of the new section of the DR was planned in conjunction with the building of the Victoria Embankment and was achieved by the cut and cover method of roofing over a shallow trench.

The DR connected to the Metropolitan Railway (MR; now the Metropolitan line) at South Kensington and, although the two companies were rivals, each company operated its trains over the other's tracks in a joint service known as the "Inner Circle".

On 1 February 1872, the DR opened a northbound branch from its station at Earl's Court to connect to the West London Extension Joint Railway (WLEJR, now the West London line) which it connected to at Addison Road station (now Kensington (Olympia)). From that date the "Outer Circle" service began running over the DR's tracks. The service was run by the North London Railway (NLR) from its terminus at Broad Street (now demolished) in the City of London via the North London Line to Willesden Junction, then the West London Line to Addison Road and the DR to Mansion House, which was the new eastern terminus of the DR.

From 1 August 1872, the "Middle Circle" service also began operations through the station running from Moorgate along the MR's tracks on the north side of the Inner Circle to Paddington then over the Hammersmith & City Railway (H&CR) track to Latimer Road then, via a now demolished link, to the West London line to Addison Road and the DR to Mansion House. The service was operated jointly by the H&CR and the DR.

Rear view over the roof of Temple station in 1899

On 30 June 1900, the Middle Circle service was withdrawn between Earl's Court and Mansion House.

At the beginning of the 20th century early plans for the Great Northern and Strand Railway (later incorporated into the Great Northern, Piccadilly & Brompton Railway and now part of the Piccadilly line) included a proposal for the line to continue to Temple. The plan was rejected and the route was ended instead at the now closed Aldwych station, about 200 metres (660 feet) to the north.

On 31 December 1908, the Outer Circle service was withdrawn from the DR tracks.

In 1949, the Metropolitan line-operated Inner Circle route was given its own identity on the Tube map as the Circle line.


London Buses night routes N550 and N551 serve the station.


  1. "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS). Transport for London. May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
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