London Underground

Victoria Station Arcade, London, St James's Park SW1E 5ND, UK

The London Underground (also known simply as the Underground, or by its nickname the Tube) is a public rapid transit system serving London and some parts of the adjacent counties of Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.The Underground has its origins in the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway. Opened in 1863, it is now part of the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines; the first line to operate underground electric traction trains, the City & South London Railway in 1890, is now part of the Northern line. The network has expanded to 11 lines, and in 2016–17 carried 1.379 billion passengers, making it the world's 11th busiest metro system. The 11 lines collectively handle approximately 4.8 million passengers a day.The system's first tunnels were built just below the surface, using the cut-and-cover method; later, smaller, roughly circular tunnels—which gave rise to its nickname, the Tube—were dug through at a deeper level. The system has 270 stations and 250 miles (400 km) of track. Despite its name, only 45% of the system is actually underground in tunnels, with much of the network in the outer environs of London being on the surface. In addition, the Underground does not cover most southern parts of Greater London, with less than 10% of the stations located south of the River Thames.The early tube lines, originally owned by several private companies, were brought together under the "UndergrounD" brand in the early 20th century and eventually merged along with the sub-surface lines and bus services in 1933 to form London Transport under the control of the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB). The current operator, London Underground Limited (LUL), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL), the statutory corporation responsible for the transport network in Greater London. As of 2015, 92% of operational expenditure is covered by passenger fares. The Travelcard ticket was introduced in 1983 and Oyster, a contactless ticketing system, in 2003. Contactless card payments were introduced in 2014, the first public transport system in the world to do so.The LPTB was a prominent patron of art and design, commissioning many new station buildings, posters and public artworks in a modernist style. The schematic Tube map, designed by Harry Beck in 1931, was voted a national design icon in 2006 and now includes other TfL transport systems such as the Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, Crossrail (which is officially called Elizabeth Line) and Tramlink. Other famous London Underground branding includes the roundel and Johnston typeface, created by Edward Johnston in 1916.
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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    06:30 - 00:00

  • Mon

    04:30 - 00:30

  • Tue

    00:00 - 00:30, 04:30 - 00:30

  • Wed

    00:00 - 00:30, 04:30 - 00:30

  • Thu

    00:00 - 00:30, 04:30 - 00:00

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  • Robert de Bruin

    - 28 August 2018 -

    Ik ben gek op oud....versleten....vergane glorie dus....dus een behoorlijk deel van de London Underground....niet dat ik niet gek ben op de nieuwe lijnen....stations.... metrostellen.....maar het oude leeft....het oude is alles in het zicht....het oude is 10 keer gerepareerd....het oude heeft verband met het verleden....het oude geeft geschiedenis....het oude is schuilen voor de bommen....het oude is de herinneringen aan een andere tijd....

  • Maria Paz De la piedra

    - 31 July 2018 -

    Muy buen transporte pero el calor era insoportable ya que no había aire acondicionado

  • LA Carrasco

    - 06 July 2018 -

    London Underground was easy to travel convenient and time appropriate. Some of the stations didn't have enough parking spots for private car, but we were able to find one and travel into London without the mess of driving your own car.

  • Nashit Rahman

    - 03 June 2018 -

  • Rosalia Stellacci

    - 20 May 2018 -

    Che dire della metro di Londra, perfetta, organizzata, puntuale...

  • David Strunz

    - 28 January 2018 -

  • jay islam

    - 12 November 2017 -

    trains time table is perfect

  • Marcel wen intressierts

    - 13 May 2017 -

    so muss ubahn

  • Eric Sydney O'Mahony

    - 01 November 2016 -


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