As a Londoner who has travelled on the Tube since I was 4 & a half years old, I thought as a Londoner I should give it a review. It is a brilliant and fast way to move around London, made easier by the oyster card which means you don't have to worry about queuing at ticket offices every time you want to travel. You just touch the yellow pad at the barriers to get in and then the same again when you are exiting. That easy! You will have to get the card at a station if visiting, but that isn't an issue and they will advise you on the best one to get as a visitor. Maps of which Tube line to get ( colour coded) and staff will help you find your way. Download the tube map as an app onto your phone before you arrive will familiarise you with your local station and which line it is on. There are different zones which affect cost of travel, but to be honest, don't worry about them - just hop on and go! Yes, the tube gets busy during peak hours and always has a steady flow of passengers throughout the day, and yes there are delays. The Northern Line ( black colour) is a bit notorious for such problems. But generally you will only wait a few minutes for a train so if that one is crowded, just wait for the next one. Try the end carriages as they are sometimes a little less crowded. Don't be afraid to ask someone for directions when on the train - despite rumours, someone will look up from their phones and paper to help. Tourists always stand out ( you are the ones who look relaxed, happy, all the time in the world ) so do be aware of handbags/wallets. When you go onto a platform or reach the top of the escalator, please stand to the side or move down the platform. Nothing frustrates Londoners more than careering into a wall of suddenly stationery happy people!! On the escalators - stand on the right to allow others to walk on the left. When I was in New York I was surprised at the low level of maintenance with their underground stations. It made me appreciate how much work is put into keeping ours clean and bright and spruced up. Still loved the adventure of New York though. Do take in a visit to the London Transport Museum in Covent garden to see how the system has developed over the years. That is on the Piccadilly Line - dark blue and is the line you can take straight to Heathrow all terminals. Considering how many millions of people the Tube system carries every day it is amazing at how well it runs and keeps London moving. So come and make it part of your tour when in London. And no.... I don't work for London Transport either!!!!!
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