Tickets for the closed Picadilly line station Aldwych, go on sale again this year. Closed for the final time in 1994, but featured in films such as V for Vendetta and Death Line, it’s a rare chance to visit one of London’s many ghost stations.
It’s pretty pricey, costing between £18-25, but you don’t get the chance that often, and it usually sells out quickly. I went last year and really enjoyed it (see a few pictures below) so I definitely recommend it, if you’re the least bit interested..
Buy your tickets from the London Transport Museum website here from November 19th.
Paperchase have expanded their “London” collection to include a nice range of stationary featuring the tube map. Products include notebooks, bags and gift wrap. It offers a cheaper alternative to the pricier official range by TFL, will definitely be picking up some gift wrap and a notebook!
It’s a bit old, but just found this fantastic list of alternative tube maps as compiled by the excellent Londonist.
Particular favourites include:
The tube without any stairs
The actual underground parts of the tube.
The tube, with toilets
The tube, to-scale
The Tube from above
Check here for all the official maps.
Yeah, just like every other Tube nerd, I’m a bit obsessed with the map. On a similar note, I noticed today that Paperchase have started doing tube map gift wrap. Presents sorted for forever!
A new 6 part series on the London Underground started this week. To sum it up quickly, I thought it was brilliant. The series focuses on the staff, this week looking at how they dealt with the boozey weekend crowds and engineering works, i.e. the people who have to clear it all up!
Code 1: Blood
Code 2: Urine/Faeces
Code 3: Vomit
Code 4: Spillage
Code 5: Broken Glass
Code 6: Litter
There were lots of individual stories, with a focus on ‘characters’, I particularly enjoyed the station controller comparing his job to that of strategy game, with him as the overlord commanding the staff to different jobs. Also, the story of professional cyclist turned cleaner story particular stood out as particularly depressing. The programme did seem quite alarmist, focusing mainly on very drunk people, vomit and generally the worst parts of the tube.
Incidentally I was actually in the crowd during one of the big scenes on the platform at Leicester Square, which turned out to be a lady being pushed on the tracks. At the time, I just saw the cameras running and a mass of people, quite scary now knowing what actually happened!
I’m probably not making it sound very pleasant, but it really was very interesting. If like me you wonder what happens to people who fall asleep at the end of the line or where the trains go at the end of the night (yeah these are pretty obvious) then you’ll enjoy this.
I followed the hash tag on Twitter, there was an awful lot of despair and disgust, and non-Londoners promising never to cross the M25 again. To me it showed just how amazing the Underground is, with a lot of staff dedicated to helping the customers. The irony of the family moaning about the disruption of engineering works (carried out to improve service) as they were led out to a waiting replacement bus, was clearly lost on some people.
But hopefully the next episodes will have little less vomit and bit more nerdy behind the scenes type stuff!
Watch it on BBC iPlayer here or 9pm on BBC 2 every Monday.