The Ultimate Uncluttered Tube Map


You may just have noticed all the hoo-ha in recent days about TfL’s bold decision to remove the Thames and Zone boundaries from the Tube map (and the subsequent wrist slap from the Mayor). Not bold enough, we say. Let’s sand away all the extraneous information.

Tourists are the only group of people who really need a Tube map. Locals already know their way around, and business visitors always take cabs. So if we only need to cater for John Q. Sightseer, the map condenses down to something really simple.

Voila, the whole network distilled into three lines and twelve stops.

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  • http://undefined Neris

    Reminds me of this! I spent an hour digging around on my pc for this, lol.

  • http://undefined AndrewS

    You’ve missed out Murder Mile.

  • http://undefined Kat

    I love this! It’s so true…

  • http://undefined Weekend Carnivore

    It needs a ‘there be dragons’ message pointed to south of the river.

  • http://undefined Amanda Farah

    Heh, my line isn’t on there at all. New argument in favour of cycling?

  • http://undefined star35

    Murder Mile? There are no tube stations in Hackney, so it can’t go on a tube map!

  • QueenOfMars

    I love it! And there isn’t even a need for representing the river. (Unless you’re going to put in a station for Sunset and Eye.)

  • http://undefined talcy

    Very good!
    With all the engineering work around, I thought this might help everyone to know which stations are open:

  • http://undefined stunt_girl

    A couple of grumbles: church = cathedral, and it isnt’ eros… but I suppose we’re talking about tourists after all.

    Isn’t the reference to Notting Hill a bit dated now? I’d rather change it to some Portobello Road / Bedknobs and Broomsticks reference!

  • http://undefined Kim

    I don’t want to make it any more complicated than it need be, but I think we need a green line running between Dinosaurs and Big Ben, with a stop in the middle called “The Queen”, the purple line should extend to meet the red line at a stop called “Museum” and there should be a stop on the grey line between Big Ben and Parks called “Lions, Pigeons and Pictures”. It is for tourists, after all.

  • stevegibbs

    fantastic stuff. Just sent it to my visiting friend.

  • JiPé

    Splendid. But, as a foreigner, there is one thing I did not understand : “Rough shops” for Oxford Circus; Let me share the joke, pleeease !

    • Anonymous

      Rough Shops is meant to be Tottenham Court Road station, a reference to the less snazzy type of shop that tend to cluster at this end of Oxford Street.

  • JiPé

    Many, many thanks.

  • Ben B

    As much as I like the idea of minimalist maps, research has shown chart junk to be useful in actuality, specifically for non-data geeks…