Buskers on the tube make up the atmosphere of going underground, with everything from guitars to violins to steel drums echoing inside the corridors from Covent Garden to Kings Cross. What’s it like being an Underground busker for a living? We asked Kirsty, a busker from Angel who sings and plays guitar, for her thoughts.
With train fares in London at an all-time high, it’s not surprising that some commuters are desperate to find ways to skip the eye-watering expense of a season ticket.
One man who was alleged to have dodged train fares to London worth around £43,000 avoided prosecution by making an out-of-court settlement.
Did you know that when ABBA first performed Waterloo, they weren’t actually singing about that battle at all? In fact, the whole song is a prolonged whine about London’s busiest tube station.
OK, so that’s probably not true. HOWEVER, we can reveal that eighty eight million people passed through it’s entrance in 2012, making it the city’s most-packed and claustrophia-inducing stop of all.
If you haven’t guessed already, we’re rather fond of the London Underground. Here are 11 of the best things you could possibly know about it:
1. There is only one Tube station which does not have any letters of the word ‘mackerel’ in it: St John’s Wood. That’s about the scale of it, anyway.
Londoners are busy. We don’t spend as much time as we should exploring, but in this feature series, we plan to give you an epic area guide to as many tube stations as we can… telling you the best places to eat, drink, shop, and play that are no further than five minutes away.
Today we’ve got guest -blogger Kate Bandeira-Gresswell to show us around Embankment.
Busking is a much-loved London tradition, even more so when it comes to the London Underground. With upset caused over a recent ban on unlicenced buskers in Camden, there is growing support for campaigns like #BackBusking to encourage artists to continue making music for us all to enjoy.
Interview: The King’s Parade
In 2013, The King’s Parade won the Eurostar prize in the Mayor of London’s Gigs competition, which sees hundreds of musicians performing throughout the summer on the Tube and at leading venues in the capital. Launching this year’s competition earlier this month, the band headed to Paris for a busking gig.