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My first experience about London under ground trains or popularly known as tube was of impressive. London is known for tube network world wide and when you go into tube it not let you down. It is fast (or super fast in off peak hours), very frequent and connecting most of destination of London through their colorful lines. Initially I travelled to move around in London so most of time it was off peak travel. I must say in weekdays of off peak hours it is less populated, more clean and comfortable. But when I started travelling through tube in zone 1 to 3 of London I realized some of loopholes. In peak hours in morning specially, trains are full and pack (reminds me the mumbai local trains), not clean upto the standard, struck in between due to signal failure and so not as fast as expected. But looking overall it is good option to travel over bus, safe, frequent, covers many destination. It is real identity of London
Magnificent and renowned, London`s attractions have also been minutely documented. But ... more
scratch the surface of the city and a more mysterious, murky world is revealed. A world to which we are introduced by writer and traveller Stephen Smith as he plumbs the hidden depths of the metropolis, wandering (and sometimes wading) through buried treasures from Roman times to the present day.As Smith`s literally ventures beneath London`s surface, the book provides a contemporary tour of the capital and an alternative exploration of its past, which includes anecdotes about Dick Turpin`s subterranean escape from the Bow Street Runners, Boudicca`s supposed burial place under King`s Cross station, the city`s lost river and the sewers, and the Tube tunnels that sheltered so many during the Blitz.Exploding corpses in catacombs, the bowels of the Palace of Westminster, the culverts of Hampton Court and the miniature Mail Rail that once distributed 12 million letters a day. Smith`s eclectic journey covers the bizarre, the arcane and, always, the intoxicating (including the wines in the hallowed cellars of Berry Brothers).From the 25 mile-long Cold War bunkers to the astonishing 12th-century water main, he reveals labyrinthine delights that span centuries.
Tube: Station to Station on the London Underground, written by Oliver Green and published ... more
by Shire Publications, provides historical background to Londonâs present day Underground network and then takes you on seven guided tours to observe the influence of architects such as Charles Holden, designer of many stations built in 1920s and 1930s, or Sir Norman Foster.This pocket-size book first charts the expansion of the Underground system from its beginnings in 1860 to the present day work on Crossrail, and then provides descriptions of journeys (Inner Circle, Pioneer Tubes, Bringing Chicago to London, Metro-Land, Northern Heights, Piccadilly Progress, and Heading South and East: DRL and JLR) with best examples of old and new buildings, platform decorations, etc.Illustrated throughout by numerous photos, the book will provide much new interesting information both to every day tube users and to visitors to London.
The London Underground is a pioneer and an institution. The first underground railway in ... more
the world, and incorporating the first ever deep tunnel `tube` lines too, it is at the heart of London life, with millions of commuters and tourists using it every year and its tentacles extending into the suburbs it helped to create. Its turbulent history reflects the trials and tribulations of London itself: it provided a network of life-saving shelters in the Blitz, but has also faced many logistical challenges, with constant improvements necessary to keep the Tube fit for purpose. This book is not a recompilation of facts and photos published elsewhere, however. Taking a fresh approach, it is a history that focuses on the interesting and quirky aspects of the subject. To transport you more vividly back to the past, well over half the illustrations are in colour, including many rarely seen photographs.