London Underground Symbol

The London Underground Roundel.

London Underground Map

The London Underground Map.

The London Underground (also known as the Tube) is a rapid transit system in London that serves a majority of Greater London, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Essex.


The London Underground has a history that dates back to 1825 when Marc Brumel used his patented tunneling shield to begin construction on the Thames Tunnel, a pedestrian tunnel. The tunnel's construction was slow and has halted a number of times and therefore, wasn't completed until 1843. In 1845, Charles Pearson began promoting the idea of an underground railway in London to transport passengers, goods, and services into the center of the City. In 1854, Metropolitan Railway (MR) is incorporated. MR opens the first underground railway in the world in 1863. The line stays in operation until 1933. In 1856, Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) opens a line from Leyton to Loughton. In 1864, MR opens the Hammersmith & City Railway. Its first extensions are too Hammersmith and to Kensington Olympia.

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