Time Out celebrates the London Underground



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Forget the eye-popping fare rises, the heat, the overcrowding, the sordid sea of freesheets, the armpits, and the constant threat of strikes - ponder instead the engineering miracle that is the London Underground, the world's first subterranean rail network and the single most important shaper of the modern capital!

  • Time Out celebrates the London Underground

    Leicester Square station © Susie Rea

  • For live travel news, times and fares see www.tfl.gov.uk/tube.

    The future of London Underground

    'My stomach turns every time we have a signal failure.' Time Out speaks to LU managing director Tim O'Toole about the future of the tube.

    How the tube was built

    150 years in the making, with 253 miles of passageway snaking under the capital, carrying millions of people every day. It's crowded, uncomfortable and expensive - but this engineering marvel defined London. Time Out champions one of the true wonders of the Western world, and the pioneers that built it.

    Tubes around the world

    We adore it, but how does our beloved London Underground match up against other world cities?

    Designing the tube map

    Harry Beck's tube map is a London icon and a masterpiece of design. We meet the man who rescued its designer's original sketches, and reveals the remarkable history of the diagram.

    London Underground on the web!

    Great websites about the capital's Underground.

    London Transport's lost property office uncovered

    Time Out rummages through the umbrellas, false teeth and unclaimed wheelchairs at London Transport's legendary lost property office.

    Old tube trains never die...

    ...they just resurface in the most unexpected places. Time Out investigates where London Underground's familiar old carriages go when they've passed their sell-by dates.

    London's shortest tube journey

    Time Out tackles the capital's shortest Underground journeys.

    The end of the line

    Most Londoners rarely stray to the tube's outer limits, so we sent our snappers to capture the strange and sombre delights at the end of the line.

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