London is a fantastic city to visit whatever the time of year, offering an event for every member of the family to enjoy. The capital is vast, with world famous landmarks and attractions spanning mile after mile from the city centre outwards. Fortunately, the fantastic London Underground is on hand to help you discover the metropolis with the least bit of fuss.
It covers every aspect of the London city experience, whether you want to peruse the delights of Harrods department store via Knightsbridge station, become acquainted with the Houses of Parliament through the Westminster stop or perhaps wish to stop off at Leicester Square to catch one of the West End shows available through our fantastic London theatre breaks
The London Underground operates in 270 different stations, covered by 11 different lines: Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria and Waterloo & City. All of these which are colour coded to make navigation extremely easy. All the stations are presented on the Tube Map, an image which is recognisable to people all over the world. A number of stops such as Embankment, Baker Street, Green Park and Waterloo are interchange stations, meaning that you can simply hop off and jump on to the line needed to reach your destination.
Access to the London Underground services is granted through a range of different ticket choices, with weekend and day travel tickets proving incredibly cost effective compared to getting around London via other measures, such as a taxi for instance. Another option, if youíre going to be visiting the city a lot or want a practical souvenir of your trip, is an Oyster card. You have to buy them from ticket offices or shops around the city, but Oyster card-holders pay less for their travel.
One of the most important things to pay attention to are any changes to the transport network, whether theyíre later opening hours or station closures. Getting on a train only to find it wonít be stopping at the stop you need can be infuriating, so be sure youíre aware of them before hand. Information like this is all available on the London Underground website
or from the stations themselves.
Pay attention to any advice given over the speakers and ask a member of staff if you need help or get lost anywhere. Most of them have intricate knowledge of the tube system and will be able to answer your questions quickly and easily.
As long as you plan your route ahead of time, it doesnít matter whether youíre familiar with the tubes or not. All the signs are clearly marked and heading through the stations themselves is a breeze. Donít worry if youíve missed your train either, as another will be along within minutes!
The network has benefitted from a series of massive improvements in recent years, one of the most notable of those being the installation of Wi-Fi access in a number of stations, including Kings Cross and Oxford Circus. With more stations expected to gain from this, it means that the future London Underground experience will only improve.
So, if you are planning to take advantage from some of our fantastic hotels in London
in the coming weeks, donít waste your valuable time in the city wandering the streets. Why not use the London Underground as the perfect tool to explore the city?
Published on 24/10/2012.