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The London Tube: Some Basic Facts

The London Tube: Some Basic Facts

THE LONDON TUBE: THE FASTEST WAY TO MOVE AROUND LONDON

 

The secret to move around London fast, avoiding the dreaded London traffic, is the London Underground, used by a billion  passengers yearly.

During the peak hours, over 50,000 people use the oldest underground system in the world, which is also called The Tube.

WHY IS THE LONDON UNDERGROUND CALLED “THE TUBE”?

The London Underground was nicknamed The Tube in the early 1900s by the Daily Mail, referring to the Central Line, then called  the Twopenny Tube because travelling on it was very cheap!!

WHO DESIGNED THE LONDON MAP?

The famous London Underground map was designed in 1933 by Harry Beck and, regardless of different amendments, it still retains the original design. Beck was paid only £10.50 for his work, not much considering that the twine of coloured lines of the London underground map is not only one of the most known of London symbols, but is also one of the most loved symbols worldwide, according to a BBC poll carried out in 2009.

HOW DO I USE THE LONDON UNDERGROUND?

Once you understand how to read a tube map, moving around London becomes very easy. Each line is marked by a different colour and it is identified by a name.

Once you find your route, you just need to understand the direction you need to take, which can be Eastbound/Westbound or Northbound/Southbound. You should pay particular attention  when using the Circle and District Line, one of the most confusing of all!

In order to use the Underground, an Oyster card may be a convenient option.

The Visitor’s Oyster card is Ideal for tourists who don’t have time to waste at the ticket office; with it you can also obtain discounts at some restaurants and bar chains.

Alternatively, you can purchase a normal Oyster Card, which will be valid both for the Tube and the buses.

You will be able to recharge it at the automatic machines or at the ticket offices in the stations. With the Pay as you Go system you will pay for single journeys, but it is also possible to purchase a travelcard or single tickets.

Read about when it is more convenient to purchase an Oyster Card or a Travelcard.

 

 

 

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