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The Tube

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The Tube

Is this an icon?


The Tube

A refuge during World War Two? Yes. An engineering first? Yes. A nightmare during rush-hour? Definitely. But is the London Underground really an English icon? Work began on the subterranean rail network in 1863, making it the oldest such transit system in the world. Its 274 stations and over 253 miles of tracks have been made into in an unlikely design classic: the tube map. Instantly recognisable by people all around the world, the stylised map evolved from an original version by electrical engineer Harry Beck in 1931. Equally distinctive is the Underground logo designed to make station names easier to spot. Mind the gap!

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The London Underground is not only recognised by the whole nation, but has been copied the world over (with some improvements). Many people around the globe instantly recognise our Underground map and visit our country to ride it.

marcus mclaren

Standing on the Central Line platform at Bank Underground station, one can hear a sound unique to this little strip of subterranean London every time a train pulls in. To be fair, it's more of a raucous, punishing noise, setting fillings buzzing in teeth and resurrecting hangovers. But it's as much a part of London as red pillar boxes and Nelson's Column
David Kudish

even though there have been strikes unfinished lines would you get to your job or an event on time if it wasnt for the underground
jack baumohl

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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

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