Tube - London Underground

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The tube is one of the best ways to travel around London. Although you don’t get to see the landmarks you pass by like you do on the bus, the tube has a beauty all of its own. And the tube map alone is a landmark in its own right, so the underground is as much a must see as anything else in London. And there’s so much to see and shoot as you travel around. The recently refurbished Jubilee Line is probably my favourite: standing on the long escalators taking you down through enormous steel tubes, it feels like you’re in a seventies sci-fi movie. But the older lines are great too. Some look like they haven’t changed since the Victorian times (and some almost certainly haven’t). Any time of day is great: pictures of grumpy commuters packed like sardines into a train carriage at rush hour are always funny, but late at night when it’s almost deserted, the lighting gives the whole place a creepy, dead atmosphere that’s great for lonely portraits. The one downside is the extortionate cost of tube travel (a single journey is nearly a fiver nowadays!), but if you get yourself an Oyster card it’s a lot less, and you get the added bonus of looking super cool swiping your wallet to get in rather than faffing about with tickets. It’s the easiest mode of transport to find (walk in a straight line anywhere in London and you’ll stumble across a tube station sooner or later) and the easiest to navigate your way around. It’s the only way to travel.

The tube is one of the best ways to travel around London. Although you don’t get to see the landmarks you pass by like you do on the bus, the tube has a beauty all of its own. And the tube map alone is a landmark in its own right, so the underground is as much a must see as anything else in London. And there’s so much to see and shoot as you travel around. The recently refurbished Jubilee Line is probably my favourite: standing on the long escalators taking you down through enormous steel tubes, it feels like you’re in a seventies sci-fi movie. But the older lines are great too. Some look like they haven’t changed since the Victorian times (and some almost certainly haven’t). Any time of day is great: pictures of grumpy commuters packed like sardines into a train carriage at rush hour are always funny, but late at night when it’s almost deserted, the lighting gives the whole place a creepy, dead atmosphere that’s great for lonely portraits. The one downside is the extortionate cost of tube travel (a single journey is nearly a fiver nowadays!), but if you get yourself an Oyster card it’s a lot less, and you get the added bonus of looking super cool swiping your wallet to get in rather than faffing about with tickets. It’s the easiest mode of transport to find (walk in a straight line anywhere in London and you’ll stumble across a tube station sooner or later) and the easiest to navigate your way around. It’s the only way to travel.

London Underground, everywhere in London, UK
www.tfl.gov.uk/tube

written by gyllzd on 2008-04-27 #places #art #culture #nightlife #location

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2 Comments

  1. freefall21km
    freefall21km ·

    your photographs are beautiful! and I agree with you! i've been here for about three weeks starting my new school term and the tube is such a magical place. At any given time you can feel either utterly alone, lost in a crowd or completely connected with everything and everyone on the trains or in the stations.

  2. dizzyjess
    dizzyjess ·

    Lovely pictures. Being on the tube is like being inside a map, I love it. It runs right under my house too, I love hearing the low rumblings as I'm lying in bed.

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