Harry Beck's original 1933 tube map is an undeniable banger but, thanks to that crazy thing known as ‘the internet’, there are loads of parodies and bizarro-world versions knocking about. Check out these 24 alternative tube maps, taking in everything from Harry Potter names, to straws, geographical accuracy and Super Mario Brothers.
24 awesome alternative London tube maps
Calling all tube map geeks – these are the best alternative tube maps
Love the tube map, but hate actually going on the tube? This map shows how London's cycle superhighways, quietways and other popular cycle routes connect up to each other and marks out key destinations along the way. Time to ditch the sweaty Central line and get on yer bike.
Forget 6am spin classes – getting off the tube a couple of stops early is a much more civilised way to squeeze in some exercise before work. You can quantify your effors with this handy map, which shows how many calories you could burn by walking between stations instead of taking the tube.
The night tube has revolutionised nights out in London (see ya later, night bus), but sadly it doesn't cover the entire tube network. If you're not lucky enough to live near a station serving the 24-hour service, this handy map shows all the taxi ranks near night tube stops across London.
You know how the tube map gives you an unrealistic impression of how near or far away things are from each other in the real world? This totally solves that problem. The map shows tube lines, overground lines, mainline rail lines, as well as roads, neighbourhoods, parks and rivers.
15. The Harry Potter tube map
The map created by Mashable features landmarks from the magical books rather than actual London stations – except Paddington and King's Cross because, as you know, Platform 9 3/4 is both an LDN hotspot and an essential Harry Potter tourist attraction.
Summer in London is great, but balmy temperatures outside usually means things get seriously sweaty on the Underground. This TfL map from shows that the Central and Bakerloo lines are the worst culprits, regularly hitting a scorching 32C, while the average ambient temperature across all lines was 22.2C.
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