The Tube To Timbuktu? 3 Takes On The London Tube Map
Written by Jaillan Yehia
I always remember hearing a London radio phone-in show about moving to the capital.
A guy called in to make a confession about living in London. He admitted, ‘Before I moved to London I thought this was the city of romance. All my friends, not long after coming here, seemed to meet someone and move in with them, so I thought London must be a perfect place to fall in love. I decided to come to London myself looking for love. Then I realised that couples don’t move in together because they want to, they just can’t afford to live in London on their own.’
Yes, London is known for being one of the most expensive cities on the planet, even if you do have someone to share a flat and/or a bed with.
1. London Underground Rent Map
Those of us who’ve lived and worked in the English capital know just how much time we spend complaining about house prices, parking, and other living expenses, over that £5 pint of beer. This makes the London Underground Rent map a fascinating version of the tube map for most.
Yet for all its faults London is an iconic city, and we know how lucky we really are to be part of it – we get amazing art, culture, food, sights – and we have incredible infrastructure to get us around.
In fact the London Tube Map itself is one of the most recognised images in the world. Designer and draughtsman Harry Beck created a simple and beautiful diagram of the tube network which has itself become more famous than most London landmarks, and perfect for artists to play around with.
2. The Great Bear
Like many Londoners (and because I’m a map lover) I love seeing quirky takes on the tube map – I also have my own copy of The Great Bear, a well-known artwork which replaces tube lines and stations with the names of famous philosophers and engineers, actors and politicians.
If you have this on your wall you can spend hours looking at it and you’ll always see something you haven’t quite noticed before – a bit like London itself.
3. Holiday Tube Map
Now there’s another new way to look at the tube map, and bemoan how much it’s costing you to live in London – travel agency loveholidays has made an online interactive tube map showing you exactly where you could go on holiday for the price of your week’s rent and tube travel in the UK capital.
You put your daily commute into their Holiday Tube Map and see if your cost of living could be swapped for a week of seafood in Seville, or if you could zip off for 7 nights in Zante instead of staying in zone 4. If you’re coupled up you could swap Little Venice for actual Venice; now that really would be the city of romance.
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