A video with the familiar sights and sounds of a journey on the London Underground.  This ride takes you from St James’s Park to Victoria on a District Line train.

There are many sounds you could remember from using the Underground.  Who can forget the infamous “Mind the Gap?”  There is also the announcement declaring the next stop, which in this case is Victoria Station.  There is also a whizzing sound when the train gains speed after leaving a platform or the screeching metal on metal sound when trains negotiate a curve.  On the sounds of travel page, you can listen and download the sound of the London Underground.

Years ago I rode the London Underground exclusively for anywhere I’d go in the city, yet when I hit the pavement above ground, I couldn’t navigate without a map.  I’d be on the streets clueless about direction.  The Underground might be convenient, except it doesn’t teach you London’s Point A to Point B to Point C.

When I began my London photography book project in earnest, there was no choice but to walk above ground.  Only then did I put London’s boroughs into directional perspective.  Moving around by foot made perfect sense and I learned how one area connected to another.  I may not know the street names because I navigate by landmarks.

Today, I can walk around the city with ease and – AND – take the shortcuts when necessary.  The map is now etched in my mind.  I know London better than most Londoners.  It really is liberating to know London.  As much fun as riding a tube train might be, try to limit your use of it and see if you, too, can learn to explore London by foot.

Funny how a ride on the London Underground led me to this post.  I appreciate the engineering marvel deep below London, but it doesn’t help when you really want to know how to get around.

Included below are images are taken from inside a London Underground train (old and new)  ::

 

 

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