Harrow-on-the-Hill is in London's Travelcard Zone 5, and serves both London Underground and National Rail. The station dates back to 1880, and was originally a stop on the Metropolitan Railway - it's in the heart of the northwestern suburbs that became known as 'Metroland'. As well as a rail hub, the modern station offers an interchange with local buses via the bus station next door, and is used as a short cut to Harrow town centre, as visitors can cross it without having to go through a ticket barrier.
Harrow is a multicultural town with a rich history and some interesting modern architecture. Situated on a hill, the ancient village owes much of its modern reputation to Harrow School - one of the best-known private schools in the world, it tutored seven British prime ministers, including Sir Winston Churchill. Today, the area has a strong retail offering, with two shopping centres, St Ann's and St George's, and great restaurants and delis along Station Road.