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Coordinates: 51°35′01″N 0°20′47″W / 51.5836°N 0.3464°W / 51.5836; -0.3464

Harrow is located in Greater London

 Harrow shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ145885
    - Charing Cross 12.2 mi (19.6 km)  ESE
London borough Harrow
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HARROW
Postcode district HA1
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Harrow East
Harrow West
London Assembly Brent and Harrow
List of places: UK • England • London

Harrow is a town in the London Borough of Harrow, North West London. It is a suburb situated 12.2 miles (16.4 km) west northwest of Charing Cross. It is one of the major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan.[1] Harrow is widely known for Harrow School, attended by Winston Churchill, Tom Davison 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]


Harrow-on-the-Hill platform sign

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

Harrow is near to the A40/M40, M25 and the M1 motorways.

The town centre also has a major bus station adjacent to Harrow-on-the-Hill station that serves as an important hub for buses in the area. Many routes to North and West London pass through this station. Notable routes serving Harrow include:

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.

Nearby districts



Harrow as seen from Northwick Park

Harrow is twinned with:

Notable residents


  1. ^ Mayor of London (February 2008). "London Plan (Consolidated with Alterations since 2004)". Greater London Authority.  
  2. ^ Room, Adrian: “Dictionary of Place-Names in the British Isles”, Bloomsbury, 1988. ISBN 0 7475 0170 X

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