The station was opened on 22 June 1907 by the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway. Located at the junction of Heath Street and Hampstead High Street, the name Heath Street was proposed for the station before opening: indeed, the original tiled station signs on the platform walls, recently restored, still read "Heath Street". Hampstead is on a steep hill and the station platforms are the deepest on the London Underground network, at 58.5 metres or 192 feet below ground level. It has the deepest lift shaft on the Underground at 181 feet which houses high-speed lifts. There is also a spiral emergency staircase, made up of over 320 steps.