Review of "London Underground"

published 04/09/2009 | chrisc92
Member since : 05/11/2008
Reviews : 82
Members who trust : 1
About me :
I live with my wife and 2 youngest children in Plymouth and our aging wizard of a cat
Super
Pro It is fast and convenient
Cons Clostrophobic and certainly not for disabled passengers
very helpful
Frequency of trains
Reliability of trains
Speed of trains
Safety of trains
How extensive is their Rail Network?

"Fast and frequent and the only way to travel in London"

In early August 2009 my partner and I decided to take a very hectic break in London taking in as many sights as possible in 3 days.

Although we took the London sightseeing tour much of our travel time was spent on the London Ungerground.

We used a number of lines - Circle, District, Northern, Central, Piccadilly, Bakerloo and Jubilee with our hotel at West Cromwell Road very near Earls Court. We used the district line predominantly to leave and return to the hotel each day.

There is no better method to move around London, but it comes at a cost, trains are often cramped and it can be extremely clostrophobic onboard despite most trains having windows open. Air circulation on board is extremely poor. In addition, whenever I visit London there are always a number of stations closed, on this occasion Blackfriars was one of them.

The other factor that no-one predicts or feels comfortable with is the unexpected - which unfortunately happened at Victoria during the Tuesday of our visit. Another unexpected event was to arrive at Earls Court to find a train being held up full of passengers and for another one to arrive (which we got on) and depart before it only to find 4 stops from our destination that it was terminating and we all had to get off - to get on the train that had been held up! (How weird is that?!).

Journey times are quite short, but apart from the stuffyness of the trains our main critism is that the entire network is not beneficial to disabled passengers and there are many stations having a number of sets of stairs to climb.

There are a number of ticket choices available and there are ticket offices and machines at all stations we visited and many machines take credit/debit cards. Many Londoners prefer to use Oyster Cards which can be topped up and mean that unless you are doing a lot of individual journeys they are the cheapest method of travel. My personal choice was the off-peak zone card (1-2) which gave us access to all the areas we were trying to visit during our stay. Another method is the single ticket.

Although both tickets can also be used on buses, we didn't attempt to use them as we were wary of the congestion, especially after using the London Sightseeing Bus.

In our opinion there is no quicker method, nor a cheaper one to travel around central London than the Underground (or tube), but it is certainly not the most comfortable.

Community evaluation

This review was read 656 times and was rated at
67% :
> How to understand evaluation of this review
very helpful

Comments on this review

  • thedevilinme published 05/09/2009
    but its 51% overground now so its not the underground:>
  • Did you find this review interesting? Do you have any questions? Sign into your Ciao account to leave the author a comment. Log in

Product Information : London Underground

Manufacturer's product description

Ciao

Listed on Ciao since: 23/06/2003