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Exploring London’s Underground
2018-11-13
by jonathangill
Exploring London’s Underground
  •  2018-11-04 - 2018-11-10
  •  United Kingdom
The London Underground is a ‘rapid transport system’ made up of an underground railway network. Commonly referred to as ‘the Tube’, it was opened on 10th January 1863, making it over 150 years old.
The London Underground is a ‘rapid transport system’ made up of an underground railway network. Commonly referred to as ‘the Tube’, it was opened on 10th January 1863, making it over 150 years old.

Currently, the network is run by Transport for London. It is comprised of 270 stations, across a number of zones ranging from zone 1 (the centre of London) to zone 9.

If you take a trip to London, you will almost certainly travel by Tube at some point. However, the Tube in and of itself makes for a fascinating facet of this capital city.

Making a day of it, therefore, can be fun, if you love the art of transport and would like to learn more.

You can book one of daybreakhotels.com day use hotels in London, which allows bookings by the hour or for a set period such as the afternoon. This will allow you to rest between bouts of exploration, and to freshen up either after arriving in the city, or returning home. Additional swims, spas, and meals are possible, also.

You can actually take a tour of the Tube, beginning at London’s first ever Underground station, Baker Street, and ending at one of its most modern, funky, and futuristic-style stations, the dazzling Westminster.

The tour, run by Insider London, also includes a bit of ghost spotting!
A recent news article showcased how Tube maps have changed over the last two decades. These changes include adaptations to design iconography; differences in the colours of lines; and alterations of how maps were presented on the printed page.

In the early 2000s, for example, line stops were shown both ways, but since this resulted in people getting confused, it was discontinued.
After resting at your hotel / day hotel, you can continue your exploration with a further tour - if it is running - which allows you to enter disused and abandoned Tube stations.

Run by Hidden London, these sometime tours include delving deep into old bomb shelters, and perusing past Tube stops such as Down Street and Aldwych.
If this tour isn’t running, then a trip to London Transport Museum can add further insight to the story of the Underground.

It really is a momentous story, and there is lots to learn, see, and explore!


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london, subway, underground
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City
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English