Circle and District lines part closure

Planned weekend closure: 31 July and 1 August

On the weekend of 31 July and 1 August, the Circle line will have no service and the District line will have no service West of Aldgate East.

Services will resume as normal on Monday 2 August.

Tube strike

Services will be affected by a strike on 3, 4, 5 and 6 August. For travel advice for these days, see our strike page.

Closure details: 4-12 August

Between Wednesday 4 and Thursday 12 August 2021, there will be no service between:

  • Edgware Road and Aldgate via Victoria on the Circle line
  • Earl's Court and Aldgate East on the District line

On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August, the planned closure on the District line will be extended from Earl's Court to Hammersmith, Kensington Olympia, Wimbledon and Edgware Road.

On these two days only, there will be replacement buses on the Wimbledon branch, connecting with the Piccadilly line at Earl's Court and Hammersmith.

The Piccadilly line is also not stopping at South Kensington station until spring 2022 - get detailed advice for travelling to and from the area - including advice for visiting museums

Station closures

During this closure the following stations will have no Tube service. Plan ahead, travel at quieter times, and walk or cycle where possible:

South Kensington (Piccadilly line is already non-stopping at this station due to escalator works)

Sloane Square

St James's Park

Embankment (Bakerloo and Northern lines will not stop due to works)


Blackfriars (open for National Rail services)

Mansion House

Cannon Street (open for National Rail services)

Tower Hill

Impact on step-free stations

The Circle and District lines will not be serving these step-free accessible stations.

Throughout the closure

Blackfriars (Tube)

Cannon Street (Tube)

Tower Hill

Victoria (Victoria line remains accessible)

Westminster (Jubilee line remains accessible)

7/8 August only

Earl's Court (District line)

Paddington (District & Circle lines)

West Brompton (District line)

Fulham Broadway


Wimbledon (District line) 

How services will run

During this closure, the District and Hammersmith & City lines will run as follows:

Hammersmith & City line

Hammersmith-Upminster, via Liverpool Street

District line

Edgware Road-Wimbledon

High Street Kensington-Richmond

High Street Kensington-Ealing Broadway

Travel advice

Plan ahead and check before you travel.

To avoid a busier than usual journey, if possible travel at quieter times:

  • 08:15-16:00 and after 17:30 on weekdays
  • Before 12:00 and after 18:00 on weekends

The Hammersmith and City, Jubilee, Central, Waterloo & City and Piccadilly lines will all be busier than usual during this closure, particularly during our busiest times.

Green Park, Oxford Circus, Holborn, Bank and Earl's Court stations are also likely to be very busy during our busiest times, with more people interchanging between lines. If possible, avoid interchanging at these stations.

  • If you are travelling to Aldgate, you need to use Metropolitan line services
  • At Bank/Monument station:
    • There will be no Circle or District line services during this closure
    • For the Central or Waterloo & City lines, use the Bank entrance
    • For the DLR or Northern line, use any Bank/Monument entrance
    • From 8 August, you may need to follow a different route through the station to get to the Central line
    • The entrance on Walbrook is closed until further notice


Destinations in central London (including tourist attractions)

Tube and Bus services in central London are likely to be busier than normal.

Walk or cycle wherever possible. Much of Zone 1 is walkable, and you are never more than 600m from a Santander Cycle hire point in central London.

Our West End walking map, City of London walking map, Walking times between stations map and cycling map can help you plan your walking or cycling journey around central London. You can find attractions - such as the Tower of London - on these maps, or use our travel tools (see Planning your journey below).

Travelling to and from east London


There are dedicated cycle routes running all the way from Stratford to Westminster and Hyde Park via the City of London. Use our map to find the best cycling route for your journey.

National Rail

If you are travelling on c2c services, West Ham and Limehouse will be much busier than usual. Where possible, stay on c2c services to Fenchurch Street where many destinations and onward tube connections are within walking and cycling distance (Santander Cycle hire points are available nearby).

Travelling to and from west London

If you are travelling towards central London on the District line:

  • from Richmond and Ealing Broadway - change for the Piccadilly line at Hammersmith
  • from Wimbledon  - change at Notting Hill Gate for the Central line

Travelling to the City of London

Waterloo & City line services are currently only running Monday to Friday between 06:07 and 10:13, and between 15:23 and 19:11.

Services are also likely to be busier than normal.

If possible, walk between Bank and Waterloo - this takes just 30 minutes via Southwark Bridge (or 15 minutes cycling). 

Santander Cycles are available near Waterloo and throughout the City of London.

There are also bus routes from Waterloo that will take you to the city in under 30 minutes.

Planning your journey

Plan your journey ahead of time and check before you travel.

You can use our travel tools (especially Journey Planner and TfL Go) to find alternatives to your usual station or route, including walking options from nearby stations.

  • Our TfL Go app has interactive maps, live arrival times, route finding, accessible journeys and other travel information. 
  • Journey Planner helps you plan your route by public transport, cycling or walking.
  • Nearby uses your current location or a postcode or address of your choice and places you on a map, showing you Tube, bus, river, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and Santander Cycles locations around you
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