When staying in London, you are more than likely to use the London Underground. However, there are hundreds of facts about the transport network you probably didn’t know. At the Swinton Hotel, we love everything about London, so here are our favourite fascinating facts about the Underground.
- The average speed on the London Underground, including station stops, is 20.5 miles per hour.
- The tube journey between Leicester Square and Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line takes approximately 20 seconds, but will cost passengers £4.30
- Angel tube station is home to the London Underground’s longest escalator, which is 60 metres long and has a vertical rise of 27.5cm
- The total length of the London Underground network is approximately 249 miles
- Paul McCartney busked on the London Underground wearing a disguise.
- Underground stations were used as air raid and bomb shelters during the Second World War from September 1940
- The London Underground is the third busiest metropolitan transport system in Europe, following those in Moscow and Paris.
- In Cockney Rhyming Slang, the Underground is commonly known as the Oxo, referring to the well-known stock product the Oxo Cube (rhyming with Tube)
- The most hectic day on the London Underground in history was during the London 2012 Olympic Games. On 3rd August 2012, 4.4 million people were recorded using the network
- Alcohol was banned on the Underground, as it was on all public transport in London, from June 2008
- The first year the Underground carried a billion passengers was 2009
- During the morning peak-period, Waterloo is the busiest train station, with approximately 57,000 people travelling through
- The logo used for the Underground is known as ‘the roundel’
- The first baby to be born on the Underground was born in 1924 on a train at Elephant & Castle Station on the Bakerloo line.
- Jerry Springer, the British-born American TV show host, was born in Highgate tube station on 13th February 1944, where his mother was taking shelter from an air raid during Second World War.
We hoped you enjoyed reading our favourite facts about the London Underground. If you’re paying a visit to London and looking for cheap Kings Cross hotels, Swinton Hotel can offer you a spectacular hotel experience without breaking the bank. Contact us today by calling 020 7837 1451.