Are you even a proper Londoner if you don’t like finding out geeky facts about Tube history? London Underground is the oldest underground rail network in the world and it’s got its fair share of geeky trivia. Lets dive in!

Tube History

  • Bank Station Roman Glass Panels | Look Up London

    See the Roman-Inspired Stained Glass at Bank Station

    If you were planning to appreciate some beautiful stained glass in London, Bank Underground Station probably wouldn’t be top of the list. So imagine my surprise when travelling through the (relatively) new Walbrook exit of Bank in finding a series of stained glass from John......

  • Visit the Thames Tunnel at the Brunel Museum | Look Up London

    Visit the Thames Tunnel at the Brunel Museum

    In Rotherhithe, you can descend into part of the Thames Tunnel, a ground-breaking slice of engineering history. Here you can step down into the world’s first tunnel dug under a navigable river, built between 1824-1843. Today it’s part of The Brunel Museum. History of the......

  • Monster Chetwynd's Pond Life | Artwork at Gloucester Road Station | Look Up London

    Monster Chetwynd’s Pond Life | Artwork at Gloucester Road Station

    As you whizz along the District and Circle lines, keep your eyes peeled for a new artwork at Gloucester Road Station, it’s called Pond Life: Albertopolis and the Lily by Monster Chetwynd. Along the 80 metres of disused platform, Chetwynd has installed five huge circular......

  • Southwark Cathedral Corbels | Look Up London

    Southwark Cathedral Corbels

    There are some amazing hidden details on Southwark Cathedral that are worth a look up. On the exterior of the north east wall you can see a mixture of Victorian and contemporary corbels and the new ones each have a story to tell! I’ve previously......

  • Art Deco Details of Palladium House | Look Up London

    Palladium House | The Art Deco Beauty Opposite Liberty’s

    It’s no surprise that people fail to appreciate Palladium House. Standing opposite the glorious facade of Liberty’s, the majority of people take photos of that wonderful black and white entrance. Now, this isn’t to say that Liberty doesn’t have its own historic credentials (you can......

  • 23-24 Leinster Gardens, London's Fake Houses | Look Up London

    23-24 Leinster Gardens, London’s Fake Houses

    In the streets close to Bayswater tube station you can admire row upon row of Victorian, stucco terraces. But 23 & 24 Leinster Gardens hold a sneaky surprise. They are London’s fake houses! History of Leinster Gardens Leinster Gardens was laid out around 1855 and......

  • The Mohegan Chief at Southwark Cathedral | Look Up London

    The Mohegan Chief Buried at Southwark Cathedral

    In the shadow of Southwark Cathedral there is a curious-shaped memorial stone which remembers a Mohegan Chief who travelled to London in the 18th Century. The Mohegan Tribe The Mohegan Tribe is a sovereign, federally-recognised Indian Nation. It has its own constitution and government and......

  • Mark Lane Ghost Station | Look Up London

    Mark Lane | The Tower Hill Ghost Station

    As you walk along the traffic-packed Byward Street, with All Hallows Barking, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in the distance, it’s thoroughly understandable that you’d miss a ghost station hiding in plain sight. Abandoned or ‘Ghost’ stations can be seen all over London......

  • Putney Bridge WWII Pillbox | Look Up London

    A WWII Relic at Putney Bridge Station

    If you look up along Ranelagh Gardens, atop the railway viaduct for Putney Bridge Tube Station, you can spy a curious WWII Relic; a Pillbox. This concrete pillbox was erected in 1940 across Britain, a final line of defence should Germany invade during WWII. They......

  • Parkland Walk | Look Up London

    Parkland Walk | Walk Along An Abandoned Railway Line

    The full Parkland Walk route goes from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park, but you can also take a shorter route between Highgate and Finsbury Park....

  • Tower Subway - Northern Entrance - Look Up London

    Tower Subway | History of this Odd Brick Structure by the Tower of London

    Right next to the Tower of London you can find an odd, round, brick structure. It's the Tower Subway and has quite an interesting history......

  • London Underground Animals

    London Underground Safari | Spotted These Animals on the Tube?!

    We're going on safari! (On the underground...) Have you noticed these animals on the tube? ...

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