In most major cities, taxis don’t really get much love or affection – that’s why the phone app Uber is so popular now. But then most cities aren’t like London—a city that loves its iconic black taxis and appreciates the work it takes to learn The Knowledge (the name for the training all London Cabbies […]
KEY FACTS Designed by Harry Beck in 1932 Set a style for transport maps around the world As instantly recognisable as the Union Jack Beck received little credit for his work during his lifetime London’s history is filled with historical figures who were just doing a job or once had an idea that turned into […]
With all the tunnels under the River Thames, it might seem strange to think that it was once a nearly impossible feat of engineering. By the beginning of the 19th Century, the need to move cargo was becoming more important for Britain’s economy and London’s bridges were too cramped with carriage and pedestrian traffic to […]
While I’m a little mystified as to why Heathrow feels the need to advertise as most people don’t have a choice in whether or not they use the airport, I’m glad they have. They’ve made a lovely and adorable Christmas advert about two bears coming home for Christmas. Who’s cutting onions in here?!?!? Watch it […]
One of the biggest bugbears for travelers and commuters alike is that the Tube closes every night (usually at midnight) and doesn’t re-open until early in the morning. This is a lesson most travelers learn at 4:30am in the morning when they’re trying to get somewhere in London only to find the Tube closed (happened […]
If you’re planning a trip to London, public transport can seem a bit daunting. Check out this great video from Transport for London for handy tips to get around London with ease.
The big news in London transport news yesterday was that a start date was finally announced for the start of the long awaited Night Tube service. Select Tube Lines will begin running 24 hours a day on the weekends. From the BBC: London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the Central and Victoria lines will start on […]
A masterpiece of Victorian architecture, St. Pancras has served the as a gateway from Greater London to the world beyond for nearly 150 years. Grade I listed, its protected status is due not only to its history, but to the magnificent design of William Henry Barlow, who had completed the Cliffton Suspension Bridge after Isambard […]
The Tube is another one of those iconic London landmarks that I love to bits. I got to thinking – just what is it about the Tube that I love so much? Here are 10 things I love about the Tube in no particular order. It Goes Everywhere The Tube simply goes everywhere – with […]
We found this gem on YouTube and just had to share it – it’s a look at the life of London Taxi drivers in the 1960’s. Such a fascinating look at London’s past.
Opening as the Great Northern, Piccadilly, and Brompton Railway in 1906, it is one of the oldest and busiest lines of the London Underground today. Noted by a dark blue line on the Underground map, it runs from Cockfosters in North London then curving like a backwards-L to Heathrow Airport as well as splitting off […]
The Routemaster bus is one of the most iconic parts of London that isn’t fixed to the ground. Like the black cab, it’s immediately identifiable with the city and even today influences the look of new buses that move through London’s streets. Premiering in 1954 and in production until 1968, these incredibly sturdy vehicles outlasted […]
It feels like Heathrow gets all the attention, but London’s Gatwick Airport certainly has its own prestige. Existing first as an aerodrome in the 1920s, the Air Ministry approved Gatwick for commercial flights in 1933 and the first terminal was built in 1935. From these humble beginnings, Gatwick has built itself up into a major […]
One of the big changes happening in London transport this year is that the London Underground will be going 24 hours on select lines starting in September. Anyone who has been caught out at 1am looking to get into a Tube Station will understand what a big deal this is. Well, Transport for London have […]
This is a little far off to worry about at this stage – but many people might be planning trips for when this will happen so we thought we should let you know. Tower Bridge will be closing for 3 months at the end of 2016 for the Victorian Bascules (that lift the bridge) to […]
Check out this amazing drone footage through the new tunnels of London’s new Crossrail Tube Lines. Very cool stuff! About the video: The Prime Minister and Mayor of London Boris Johnson celebrated the completion of Crossrail’s tunnels by going 40 metres below the capital to thank the men and women who are constructing the new […]
Perhaps the most important terminus in the city, London’s King’s Cross Station opened in 1852 as part of the Great Northern Railways and the terminus of the East Coast Main Line. Designed by Lewis Cubitt and built by George Turnbull, it is a gorgeous example of Victorian architecture and how subsequent renovations seamlessly blend this […]
Matt McCabe “calls-over” a route to demonstrate just how many turns a London cabbie must take to get from Point A to Point B. Source: Applying the Knowledge – Video – NYTimes.com
A visualisation of 562,145 journeys on the London Underground network, from a 5% sample of Oyster-card journeys during a week in 2009. The route that an individual took across the network was predicted by a custom written journey planner. Which correlated with TFLs recommendation.
Paddington Station, the end of the line. Since 1838, it has been the terminus for the Great Western Railway and its successors. It’s a historic place that served the first Underground trains in the 1860s. In modern times, it’s associated with a fictional Peruvian bear that came to live with the Browns. Regardless of the […]
200 trains in 90 seconds! What the morning rush hour at London Bridge looks like from the Shard with the Thameslink railway upgrade happening just feet away. Filmed in September 2014.