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The London Underground | Holly Goes Abroad

Folks, I’m here to tell you that I have discovered my long-lost love: the London Underground. I had never used the tube until a few weeks ago when my friend and I made a spontaneous trip to London for the day (click here to see the resulting bookshop crawl) and now my life has changed. Without further ado, here are eight reasons why I love the London Underground:

1. It’s easy to use. I’m just going to come right out and admit it: I am a horrible navigator. Thank goodness I live in the age of Google maps and cell data because otherwise I would likely still be lost somewhere. However, the tube is SO EASY to use– so easy that even I can do it!

2. It’s efficient. Perhaps I went on a day that wasn’t that busy, but my friend and I hardly had to wait for a tube to arrive whenever we needed one. Definitely beats waiting for buses or trains!

3. So. Many. Escalators. Because the tube is underground there are many escalators leading up to the street level. Not only are very strange– you have to stand on the right side so people can walk up them on the left– they’re also SUPER steep.

4. “Mind the gap.” I love the vaguely passive aggressive announcements repeatedly reminding everyone to “mind the gap” whenever the tube stops.

5. Comfy seats. Honestly, how are some seats on the tube so comfortable? That’s one form of transportation that I wouldn’t mind commuting on!

6. The logo. The tube has such excellent branding. I love how simple the logo is and the fact that everything coordinates so nicely from stop to stop.

7. Oyster cards. Prepaid cards make using the tube in a hurry so much easier than buying tickets every time. It’s also nice to not have to worry about constantly keeping track of how much you’re spending.

8. Convenience. The efficiency and convenience of the tube allows for maximum touristy-ness and makes sightseeing all over London possible in just a single day. I was definitely grateful to not have to walk all over the city on our bookshop crawl!

And there you have it! I’m looking forward to (hopefully) seeing more of the London Underground in my last few months at Oxford.

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Do you like riding on the tube? Do you have a favorite form of public transportation? Do you use public transport on a regular basis? Let me know in the comments section below!




25 responses to “The London Underground | Holly Goes Abroad”

  1. Agreed! People like to grumble about the tube (and sure there are some things to grumble about), but when you come from a place that has very little or no public transportation it may be easier to appreciate how convenient and extensive it is. And cheap, if you compare it with the cost of owning a car. I wish there was an underground everywhere 🙂

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    1. Definitely! I don’t have much public transportation back home so the tube is great in comparison! 🙂


  2. I don’t have to use it on a daily basis, so i’m fine with it. But i remember the time when i worked in central london and was squished against smelly people for like half an hour, not able to breathe 😀 That was not so much fun.

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    1. Oooh yeah that doesn’t sound like fun. I haven’t used it during rush hour much, but I can see how it would be unpleasant!

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  3. I love the subway in Los Angeles, and also the light rail lines, which run on similar schedules but are on the surface, so you get a tour with your transport. I usually take a bike with me on the trains (not recommended at rush hour though), and use them several days a week.People are generally friendly on the trains, so sometimes I get to indulge in conversations.

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    1. That’s so cool that the light rail lines are above ground– it must be awesome to see everything pass by!


  4. I am not usually a fan of public transportation, yet I think that the London Tube is one of the best ways of transportation I used haha; I’m maybe lucky that, in the couple times I went to London, I only had issues… once, I think, with a station shut-down. I love how comfy the seats are and the mind the gap, now that’s my favorite thing haha 🙂
    Great post, Holly 🙂 x

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    1. It would definitely be frustrating to try to use with stations shut down! Luckily there haven’t been any problems with the tube when I’ve tried to use it (knock on wood!).

      Thanks, Marie! ❤

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  5. I quite like the tube! The seats are dangerously comfortable, after a long day, it’s hard not to fall asleep in them. I’m not a fan of the long tunnels at some of the stations, though. Instead of an Oyster card, I usually buy a travel card that’s included in the train ticket from Brighton or use my contactless UK bank card that charges per journey, it’s super useful!

    Rachel ||

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    1. So true! The seats are really comfy ❤ Also, contactless UK cards are so cool! I wish I had one because it would be so useful.


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    I so badly hope I can visit London sometime and use the tube! Great post! -Ashley

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! 🙂

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  7. I’m so jealous! I want to visit London so bad!

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    1. Definitely do if you get the chance! 🙂


  8. I love the tube too! I agree – it’s so convenient and easy to navigate. Did you spot the tube mice? You can usually see them scurrying about on the track. They’re the filthiest mice you’ve ever seen, all covered in soot but super cute. I always look out for them when I’m in London 😊 🐭

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    1. TUBE MICE?! 🙂 Omg poor mice stuck in the tube! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled the next time I ride it.

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  9. Oh my goodness riding the tube in London sounds so posh…*fangirls*

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    1. haha every time I go to London I DEFINITELY fangirl 😀

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  10. Yes the London Underground is such a blessing! London is so big – it’s already hard to see and do so many things in a few days, let alone if you had to walk everywhere haha. The last time I was in London there was some maintenance though, so that did give us some difficulties, but every other time I was in London it’s been so easy to use. I agree with you on ‘mind the gap’ haha. My family and I always joke about it when we’re there 😛 (that sounds like we’re in London a lot haha) Hopefully you’ll get to visit London (and the tube!) again soon 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! 🙂 The past few times I’ve been to London they’ve been doing construction on Big Ben…. hopefully they’re done soon so I can see it before I go back to the States!

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      1. Oh yeah I had that problem too last time I was there haha. I hope you’ll have a chance to see it! 🙂

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  11. The London Underground is so great! I love how easy it is to use. I would say that the Delhi metro system is nicer in terms of the cars being wider and the escalators less clastrophoby when cramped… but it’s at least as miserable when crowded, so that’s not a bonus. Yay for public transport though!

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    1. Efficient public transport is the best! I wish we had more of it where I live back in the States…


  12. What a great city both with transport and people!

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former english major, current twenty-something book lover, allergic to nuts. drop me a line at or on instagram.


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