As you know, St Pancras holds a special place in my heart because it is my commuter station. Which also happens to house the Eurostar, a champagne bar, designer shops, a piano and art installations. What does this mean? Photos Instagrammed to within an inch of their lives. Enjoy.
It’s no secret that we at London Locomotion enjoy some commuter complaining. It’s a time to revel in our community, to stand arm in arm with our fellow tube-goers (like we have a choice) and say: “Hey TFL, go eff yo’selves!…luv ya really xxx”
But it seems that, when push comes to shove (as it always does), we commuters eschew the official channels of complaint. According to TFL records, they receive very few complaints about the London Underground. Like, very, very few. In fact, 2012 saw just was 2.27 people per 100,000 complaining for the full year. Now, call us crazy – loco even – but this just seems pitiful. Come on, commuters, think about the delays! The smell! The rats! Rise up and complain, for god’s sake!
In the meantime, here’s a pretty graph to show you how ungrumbletastic our community really is. And if that doesn’t stir you, think about this….CYCLISTS moan more than us. And they’re supposed to be hippy happy all the bloody time.
Meanwhile, as a means of inspiration, here are the top reasons for complaint made to TFL about the Tube. ‘Other’ takes the biggest slice. I’m hoping that includes at least one person complaining about the lack of tube-complaining.
Confession time: I think the north is awesome. The people are friendlier, the views are better and the trains are amazingly cheap (I have no idea how Northern Rail stays in business). And now it seems they have the best array of pubs within spitting distance of your train.
As this is meant to be a list of pubs that you can pop in while waiting on the platform, I have included pubs at major stations; mainly because I haven’t yet reached that stage of life where I feel the need to travel to a railway station for a booze-up. Enjoy.
Click on a placemark to see descriptions and details.
In the post-apocalyptic wasteland of London 2075, the last surviving cockneys will shelter deep underground in the Tube. They will only venture to the surface for supplies, wearing special nuclear containment suits. Pictured: A scouting party returns from a raid on the mutant rat-people who live in the ruins of Covent Garden.
The cosmopolitan cosmonauts took a tour around London landmarks, including a trip to Westminster tube station. We hope they minded the gap between the train and the platform. That’s one giant leap for man.
The 150th anniversary of the Tube has been heralded with artwork, steam trains, and special Oyster cards. All wonderful things, but they ignore the obvious: the London Underground would never be the institution that it is without people. And my celebration of 150 years of the network that carries me to work each day is a tribute to the faces behind those tunnels, roundels and murals. Happy birthday, tube.
Frank Pick is proof that even if you have an office job, you can change the world. Head of the London Underground in the 1910s and 20s, and of London Transport in the 30s, Frank commissioned pretty much everything we hold dear about the underground, from the red and blue roundels to Man Ray’s iconic poster of a planet next to an underground roundel. He also hired Edward Johnston (see below) to create the distinctive font seen on maps, signs and stations.
Frank wasn’t just about making the stations look pretty though – he pushed for expanding the network into the suburbs, spearheaded the effort to get tourists using the tube, and even insisted that upholstery for the train seats was specially made. When you ride all the way from Amersham to Baker Street, you can thank Frank.
The clear, bold, but incredibly pleasing lettering that you encounter all over the London Underground was originally designed in 1913 by Edward Johnston , also known at the father of modern calligraphy. It is characterised by its perfectly round ‘o’ and square tittles (stop sniggering – it’s the dots on top of ‘i’s and ‘j’s).
The font was redesigned in the 1980s, but still remembers Ed with its name: ‘new Johnston‘.