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I wanted to get comfortable using the Tube early in my stay in London, so I took advantage of a London Walks tour called Lure of the Underground. I got to get on and off several trains, see the inside and outside of stations, and learn all kinds of historical and architectural facts that most Londoners don’t know.

Baker Street Station, London

The Lure of the Underground Tour met at the Baker Street Station, London’s oldest Tube station.

Covent Garden Station, interior, London

Fiona, our fearless guide, told us lots of interesting things. Here we were learning that many of the early riders of the Tube were illiterate, so each station’s tile work was done in a different color scheme.

Agatha Christie Memorial, London

Not Tube related, but I had to get a photo of the Agatha Christie memorial in the shape of a book. It’s located near St. Martin’s Theatre where the Mousetrap is in its 63rd year of performance.

There are more photos from this tour and the rest of our trip to England on my Flickr Photostream.

I loved the Tube. I enjoyed the trains in Montreal and Chicago, too. New York confuses me, though. What cities have transportation systems that you find comfortable and easy to use as a tourist?


The Lure of the Underground #BriFri #LondonWalks — 9 Comments

  1. What a fun London tour that sounds. I know I would enjoy taking that too. Naturally I like Paris’s Metro. I used their bus system last time too, and that’s also excellent.

  2. Having been raised on the very limited and fairly grimy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania subway system in the United States, I was wowed by my first exposure to the London Underground when we lived in England in 1969-70 while my father was an exchange teacher in Wiltshire. It was easy enough to follow, that my parents sent me off on the underground at age 16 in charge of my younger sisters to visit some family friends.

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