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  • Today’s Tubespiration – Celebrity spotting

    One often pleasantly surprising feature of travelling on London’s Underground are the times you may spot a celebrity as a fellow traveller. We suspect like mere mortals celebrities need to get from A to B, and hopefully they have recognised the value of the travel and environmental benefits the Tube offers. Different parts of the [...]

  • Today’s Tubespiration – Screeching sounds

    If you are on the Underground sometimes you can be oblivious to parts of your environment. Tube travel can be noisy. Because the lines often follow the path of above ground roads (to avoid costly land purchase and liabilities during construction) the tracks can curve.  The changing speeds and obvious need to stop at stations [...]

  • Today’s Tubespiration – Bumper Harris

    Any time you have an idea or a different solution to a problem chances are you will need to persuade others to agree with you. No matter how great, stunning or compelling you think your idea is, inevitably other people will see things different. They occupy a different worldview to you, and will have their [...]

  • Today’s Tubespiration – Edward Johnston

    It is only when you visit other metro systems that you really beging to appreciate the legacy of Edward Johnston, a pioneer of modern calligraphy. (London’s typeface is so much better…) Johnston designed, in 1916, the sans-serif Johnston typeface used throughout London Underground until it was modified in 1979 into ‘New Johnston’. Dubbed ‘the people’s [...]

  • Today’s Tubespiration! St’John’s Wood

    St. John’s Wood station is an ideal stop for either Lord’s cricket ground or the Abbey Road studios. You can even buy Beatles memorabilia at the station. One other claim to fame is that St. John’s Wood is the only tube station on the Tube which does not use any of the letters in the [...]

  • Today’s Tubespiration: Circle Line

    In 1863 the Metropolitan Railway opened the world’s first underground line between Paddington and Farringdon Street. It ran with wooden carriages and steam locomotives – the smell and the smoke was even marketed for a short while as a health benefit. At this point London had a number mainline train terminals built on sites that [...]

  • Today’s Tubespiration: Maida Vale

    It is evident that Maida Vale station has the word ‘Maid’ within it, but this also has some additional significance for an unusual claim to fame. Opening in 1915 at the height of the Great War, Maida Vale became the first station on the network to be run entirely by women. (Though it did share [...]

  • Today’s Tubespiration: Harry Beck

    The London Underground map is an icon of the underground system, it has also become an icon of ‘London’ and is also recognised as an icon of outstanding design. So, if you come up with the origins of this design, it seems obvious that everyone would recognise your genius, say ‘Yes’ or even roll out [...]

  • Today’s Tubespiration!

    Well today isn’t a fun time to be a passenger with strike action making many journeys longer and possibly more challenging. But like all things in life, what can you learn from the experience? What’s the best you made of the situation? What new things did you learn? What unexpected things happened today? How can [...]

  • Example of Tubespiration prompt

    Circle Line In 1863 the Metropolitan Railway opened the world’s first underground line between Paddington and Farringdon Street. It ran with wooden carriages and steam locomotives – the smell and the smoke was even marketed for a short while as a health benefit. At this point London had a number mainline train terminals built on [...]