Нашёл увлекательнейший сайт про лондонское метро: Underground History
. Посколько у меня довольно сильно сдвинута крыша в сторону метро, да и Transport for London в целом, то я не мог не зависнуть на этом сайте на целый день. Ну, вот, например:
One of the things I find most interesting is the changing history of the railway, of which there is still much hidden evidence. For example, look through the window as you travel between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn on the Central Line and you’ll see a station — where no passengers have alighted since 1932. This used to be British Museum station. Or perhaps you may notice the tunnel wall change from cast iron tubing to bricks as you travel on the Piccadilly Line between Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. This also used to be a station. Down Street, closed in the same year as British Museum. These stations are often referred to as ghost stations.
Bill Bryson, in his book Notes From a Small Country suggests that you take your friend to Bank station, hand them a Tube Map and tell them to find their way to Mansion House. If they believe the the Map, they’ll probably take the Central Line to Liverpool Street, change onto the Circle Line and travel 5 stops to Mansion House. Alternatively, they spot the slightly shorter route of taking passenger walkway to Monument and then taking the Circle line for 2 stops to their destination. Или вот
You meanwhile, can go and have a nice cup of coffee before walking one block on the surface to Mansion House to greet them, as the stations are only about 100m apart