The Tube is the Way to Go: London

Along the shore of River Thames in the United Kingdom, which includes Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and Northern Ireland, is our destination today, London

The Tube is the Way to Go: London, England.

“The empire on which the sun never sets” once conquered colonies all over the world with its indefatigable military strength. Along the shore of River Thames in the United Kingdom, which includes Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and Northern Ireland, is our destination today, London.

The 2,000-year-old capital city is a political, business, industrial, culture, and transport center of the United Kingdom, congested with widely known historical sites such as Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey, and the British Museum. London boasts its countless attractions constantly ranking as one of the must-go places on people’s bucket lists along with New York and Tokyo.

Which Line Will You Take?

Adding London’s peculiar charm on top of 3,000 attraction sites augments to roughly twenty thousand famous tourist spots. Unless you have all the time in the world, how can you make the most out of limited time and innumerable sites in London? Here’s a succinct “How to London 101” via the London Underground.

London has two major public transportation systems: a double-decker bus called the Routemaster and the London Underground (a.k.a. the Tube or simply the Underground). The latter is especially famous for its long history and 415 km (250 mi) of track. With either Travelcard or Osyter card in hand, anyone can easily check out the classics of London without being enervated.

The Tube is the Way to Go: London.

The most popular line is the dark blue Piccadilly line that penetrates through downtown London. Starting from London Heathrow Airport to the center of the city, the dark blue line takes you to King’s Cross St. Pancras station (a.k.a Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter), Piccadilly Circus where London’s biggest entertainment district Soho and the Nationl Gallery are located, and Hyde Park Corner station where you can stroll along London streets in peace.

Next stop is London’s icon, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge that crosses over River Thames, and central London. The thirty-minute walk from St. Paul’s station pass the cathedral to River Thames is a popular destination even to the locals. At Notting Hill Gate, in which Hugh Grants and Julia Roberts filmed Notting Hill (1999), holds Portobello Market every Saturday.

Other stations to check out include the most populous Northern line; the UK’s very first metro as well as the living history of the Tube Metropolitan line; and Waterloo & City line that takes only four minutes to tour entire two stations encompass 11 total lines of the Tube. Conveniently, names of the stations and tourist sites also match, so make sure to pack a map of the Underground before departure at the airport.

PINCAKE TIPS : For long-term travelers, I recommend contactless Oyster card, and for short-term travelers, the TravelCard to spare a few euros. You can easily purchase tickets either online or offline at airport or the Underground. For further information, visit

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