Harrow, London

Coordinates: 51.58361111111111°35′01″N 0.3463888888888889°20′47″W / 51.5836°N °W / 51.5836; -0.3464
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Harrow ()

 Harrow shown within
OS grid reference TQ145885
    - Charing Cross   ESE
Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HARROW
Postcode district HA1
Dialling code 020
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Harrow East
Harrow West
London Assembly
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Harrow is an affluent area in the London Borough of Harrow, northwest London. It is a suburb situated 12.2 miles (16.4 km) northwest of Charing Cross. It is one of the major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan and in Boris Johnson's draft replacement London Plan the central area,to be known as the Harrow and Wealdstone Intensification Area, is identified for growth of at least 1,500 new homes and 2,000 jobs.[1]

Harrow is widely known for Harrow School, attended by Winston Churchill and Indian Prime Minister Nehru, however Harrow County School also had a tradition of noted staff and pupils, e.g. Sir Paul Nurse, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Michael Portillo, Clive Anderson and Geoffrey Perkins. Harrow is home to a large University of Westminster campus near Northwick Park Hospital (although both these landmarks actually lie within the London Borough of Brent). Harrow was a municipal borough of Middlesex before its inclusion in Greater London in 1965.



Harrow's name comes from Old English hearg = "(heathen) temple", which was probably on the hill of Harrow, where St. Mary's Church stands today.[2]


On 8 October 1952, three trains collided at Harrow and Wealdstone station killing 112 people. Of the dead, 64 were railway employees on their way to work.


The area has good public, transport links and is served by the Metropolitan Line of the London Underground, Watford DC Line of the London Overground, and also by the National Rail services of Chiltern Railways, London Midland and Southern (train operating company). Stations in the area are:

Stations in Harrow

Stations outside but near Harrow


Harrow is near the A406 North Circular Road and the M1 Motorway. The A40 Western Avenue is also quite near, but a bit farer away than the A406 and M1.


The town centre has a major bus station adjacent to Harrow-on-the-Hill station that serves as an important hub for buses in the area. Many London Buses routes to North and West London pass through this station. The following table represents all routes running in Harrow, including their start/destination and their bus operator.

114 Mill Hill Broadway Ruislip Transdev London
140 Harrow Weald Heathrow Airport Metroline
182 Harrow Weald Oxhey Lane Brent Cross Metroline
183 Golders Green Pinner Transdev London
186 Brent Cross Northwick Park Metroline
223 Harrow Wembley Central First Centrewest
258 Watford Junction South Harrow Arriva Shires & Essex
340 Edgware Harrow Arriva Shires & Essex
395 Harrow Greenford Metroline
H9/H10 Circular Harrow Harrow Transdev London
H11 Mount Vernon Hospital Harrow Transdev London
H14 Northwick Park Hatch End Transdev London
H17 Harrow Wembley Central Transdev London
H18/H19 Circular Harrow H18: circular, clockwise via North Harrow Harrow H19: anticlockwise via Kenton Arriva Shires & Essex
N18 Night Bus Trafalgar Square Harrow Weald Bus Garage First Centrewest

Nearby districts


Notable residents


  1. Mayor of London (February 2008). . Greater London Authority. http://www.london.gov.uk/thelondonplan/docs/londonplan08.pdf. 
  2. Room, Adrian: “Dictionary of Place-Names in the British Isles”, Bloomsbury, 1988. ISBN 0 7475 0170 X