Tubing and Cycling!

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I love tube maps. Whoever was responsible for the design is absolutely brilliant. The colors are beautiful and the legend actually makes sense.  I remember first seeing a map and trying to decipher how the lines actually worked. Moreover, I really wanted to know how people just inherently knew which zone was which (what was the difference between 1, 2 and 6 and how were they separated?) After looking at it a few times, it really does make quite a bit of sense and I’m elated to discover that everything that could easily keep me entertained falls within Zone 1 (and maybe Zone 2);within walking distance of my home! Zones 3+ have sights worth seeing, but those would involve a day trip anyway, making the tube fare definitely more than worth the expense. I mapped out some distances from my nearby tube stations (Covent Garden, Holborn or Tottenham Court Road) to some sights worth seeing. For anyone living in the nearby vicinity, check it:

From Covent Garden to:

- Abbey Road: 21 minutes
Nearest Tube: Maida Vale, Zone 2, Bakerloo Line

 

- British Museum {W1T 2HF}: 9 minutes
Nearest Tube: Goodge Street Tube, Zone 1, Northern Line
(Faster to walk from Covent Garden to the British Museum!)

 

- Buckingham Palace {SW1 1BS}: 4 minutes
Nearest Tube: Green Park, Zone 1, Jubillee, Piccadilly or Victoria Lines 

 

- Harrod’s {SW3 1ED}7 minutes
Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge, Zone 1,  Piccadilly Line

 

- Hyde Park {SW1X 7LY}: 6 minutes
Nearest Tube: Hyde Park Corner, Zone 1, Piccadilly Line

 

- Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Churchill Museum, Westminster Abbey & Westminster Cathedral {SW1A 2JR}: 12 minutes
Nearest Tube: Westminster, Zone 1; District, Circle & Jubilee Lines

 

- Millennium Bridge, London Eye & Royal National Theatre {SE1 7ND}10 minutes
Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Zone 1; Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo & City Lines 

 

- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre {EC1N 6AP}: 17 minutes
Nearest Tube: Cannon Street, Zone 1; Circle and District Lines

 

- Tower of London & Tower Bridge {EC3N 4DJ}22 minutes
Nearest Tube Stations: Tower Hill Tube, Zone 1; Circle  and District Lines 

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Bike Cycling:
I have very nearly decided that I will be purchasing a bicycle once I land. There are so many places that are close enough to walk (where taking the Tube would be unnecessary) but far enough to make me not want to walk. For those places (the 30 minutes jaunts in the rain), I think that a bike would be an invaluable bit of transportation. The Transport for London website has loads of amazing information for cyclists (neophytes and experts alike) including maps that you can request (for free!), places to cycle, cycling classes and words of advice on cycling in a congested city.

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Download a map of the Piccadilly, Central or Northern line here! Those lines happen to be the closest to my location. If you need to check out some other lines, check out this sweet website!

Happy Travels!

Signature Stamp - Shannon