LISTEN: Busker Kirsty talks to us about life strumming underground

A photo of another London Underground busker (not Kirsty!) Photo: Grendalkhan

A photo of another London Underground busker (not Kirsty!) Photo: Grendalkhan

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.

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Tackling train fares: The toll of the Tube

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.

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11 of the best London Underground facts ever

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.

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Interview: The King’s Parade

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.

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Gems of the underground: Holloway Road

Holloway Road

Holloway Road Tube Station. Credit: Rachel Banning-Lover

Londoners are busy. Fact.  We don’t spend as much time as we should exploring, but in this new 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 from the said underground station.  So no matter where you get stuck, you’ll always have an idea where to explore!

First up, is zone two’s fabulous Holloway Road. Continue reading