Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

This Accurate Tube Map Will Change The Way You Look At London


Considering people once said the Earth was flat, it’s not too hard to imagine tourists believing the geographical layout of London mirrors that of the TFL’s underground map.

And if the Romans were still in charge, that oft-seen symmetrical grid might be right – though of course anyone who really knows the city knows the differences are vast and many.

So behold - a tube and rail map accurately showing the exact route and distance between stations, zigzagging across rivers and a mishmash of central hubs across the capital to offer us the geographical reality that Harry Beck's original 1933 effort never has.


Designed by TfL following a Freedom of Information request by James Burbage last year, it has now done the rounds again – and it’s a breath of fresh air (unlike the stuff you get on the tube).

For too long we've been led to believing some stations which take 60 seconds to reach are of equal distance to those in which you can read half a copy of the Evening Standard before getting there. 

And what about those poor tourists, fooled by a conservative map design into thinking a tube ride is faster than walking between stations when it’s not?

Well let’s hope this makes it into tube stations sooner rather than later.




Stevie Wonder doing carpool karaoke is the most uplifting video you’ll


Does Your Boss Owe You Money for Travelling to Work?


14 Signs That Show The Tube Has A Sense Of Humour Afterall



Six reasons you should run an ultramarathon

Our writer on why you should take on this superhuman challenge

by Howard Calvert
13 Sep 2016

How to negotiate a life-changing salary rise

Baby we got your money

by Nick Pope
13 Jun 2016

How to make your cat more affectionate

Fiercely independent or just fierce, this is how you make them love you

by Emily Badiozzaman
19 Feb 2016

TFL Could Push Uber To Extinction With New 'Unfair' Regulations

30 Sep 2015

These Chat-Up Lines Will (Apparently) Make You Great At Online Dating

28 Sep 2015

Brick-Lane's anti-gentrification protesters are their own enemy

by Joe Ellison
28 Sep 2015

Syria Crisis So Bad A Food Vault Meant For Apocalypse Has Been Opened

24 Sep 2015