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.
2. Angel has the Underground’s longest escalator at 60m/197ft, with a vertical rise of 27.5m. Try not to get too giddy!
3. The TARDIS, (Dr Who’s transport) can be found outside Earl’s Court station. Or at least an old police call box can.
4. American talk show host Jerry Springer was born at East Finchley during the Second World War when his mother took shelter in the station from an air raid. “JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!”
5. An estimated half a million mice live in the Underground system.
6. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore claims to have a scar that resembles a map of the London Underground on his knee.
7. The tube carried one billion passengers in a year for the first time in 2007.
8. There is a mosquito named after the Tube – the London Underground mosquito, which was found in the London Underground. The little cretin was notable for its assault of Londoners sleeping in the Underground during the Blitz.
9. In cockney rhyming slang, the London Underground is known as the Oxo (Cube/ Tube).
10. A fragrance known as Madeleine was trialled at St. James Park, Euston, and Piccadilly stations in 2001, intended to make the Tube more pleasant. It was stopped within days after complaints from people saying they felt ill.
11. Alcohol was banned on the Tube – and all London Transport – from June 2008.
By Roisin O’Connor