A Guide To Alternative London Tube Maps

By M@ Last edited 87 months ago
A Guide To Alternative London Tube Maps

The ultimate uncluttered Tube map.

The London Underground map has probably prompted more pastiches, tributes and piss-takes than any inanimate object in history. We've rounded up as many as we can find. The wonderful Geofftech did something similar a few years back, but the field has since moved on into three dimensions and realtime mashups.

Note that the Tube Map is a copyrighted image and reproductions (doctored or otherwise) should not be published without permission from TfL. Many glorious efforts have long vanished from the web because of this.

We're bound to have missed a few. Please suggest additions in the comments below.

Last Updated 28 March 2011

Michael Hobson

Here's one I made as a slander of the Victoria Line - http://twitpic.com/27nk34/full
It got over 4,000 RT's at the time!


I bought this t-shirt from a US clothing company, Threadless, a couple of months ago: http://www.threadless.com/prod...


Here's my contribution - it shows the distance and direction between tube stations by adding a warped grid to a (somewhat out of date) standard tube map.



http://www.ksglp.org.uk/map/ - erm, I mean - here it is.

Edward Bozzard

This one is a favourite: http://crispian-jago.blogspot....


Thanks everyone. I've updated the list. Keep those suggestions coming.


These are all terrific. I first visited London as a 21-year-old in 1972. I enjoyed the Tube as a means to see the sights and get back and forth from where I was staying. I still have and use a small "change tray" with a graphic of the Tube I bought on that trip.

Marco Fiori

Awesome collection!


This is a better upside-down map with new south London stations www.colourcountry.net/colourco...

Simon Kirby

10 Great Railway Journeys in 10 Days

This a set of maps I created was obviously inspired by the Tube.


All new suggestions have been added (Simon, yours is filed under 'Novelty Tube Journeys').

Simon Kirby

Thanks Matt, I feel like I have been knighted! cheers Simon

Penny P

In 2006 the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) published the tube map with the years most successful London Schools http://www.education.gov.uk/pu...

Lizzie Bee

re: Upside-down Love it! Ladywell on the District Line :-)


one for design geeks, a web of Erik Spiekermann's contacts in the shape of... his brain:



Here's a phonetic one!



Some of the best alternative tube maps you'll ever see, live here:

Michael Cropper

Here is our contribution from Hotels-London.co.uk

Full blog post for reference: http://blog.hotels-london.co.u...

This is one in a series we are in the process of creating


Inspired by being a volunteer on York Mystery Plays 2012 I wanted to do something to celebrate what a wonderful year 2012 is for York - and also connect it to London as I hear that they are doing something quite special too.

So I came up with the idea of doing a new version of the iconic tube map - changing the station names so they have biblical connections.
Here is the fruit of my labours - a mix of connections that will make you groan, others that will have you searching Google and others that will just beg the question "why?".The results are a mixture of biblical places, people and obscure references. No offence is meant - it is just a bit of fun. I acknowledge that I may have mixed up various versions of the bible.3 stations are references to the York Mystery Plays 2012.If you like it, please share it! If you don't, well still share it, just don't tell people that you don't like it!http://lappi.co.uk/Biblical_Tu...

Mr Mappy

As you've got such a comprehensive set of alternative tube maps (including one of mine) you may be interested in:

which has all rail lines including Crossrail.

Ian Watson

I did some work back in 2007 distorting the London underground map. I like the concept of distorting it to such a point that it becomes unrecognisable, perhaps then it becomes your own work?


There is also a unique custom made London Underground Map for Licenced London Underground Buskers. It highlights the exact number of busking pitches at each of the busking scheme participating Tube stations.

Even London Underground is unaware of the existance of this Unofficial Tube Map.

Paul Baker

You really ought to include the fantastic "Detailed map of London Underground, Overground, DLR & Tramlink" produced by Frenchman Franklin Jarrier. Produced to the correct geographic location and scale it includes the actual of every line, each platform, sidings, depots and the date of opening (and closing) for every line and station that's ever been part of the network. There's even a link on every station to the live departures screen!

A nice juxtaposition to your ultimate uncluttered Tube map!

Anónimo García

Here's a sort of a tube map of Latin America I made for a charity for Latin Americans in London:


Also don't miss the tube-inspired Management Structure design on page 18.

Robert Fleming

The incredible and amazing French Carto Metro map, which also includes depots, dis-used, abandoned and ghost stations, overground and unused track, also features planned track, and is geographically correct: http://carto.metro.free.fr/car...


Surprised you haven't included the RSC Greater Shakespeare map - see http://www.rsc.org.uk/shop/cat...


David Bowie tube map: http://nigelfrench.bigcartel.c...


Geoff Marshall had all the tube map satire removed from his site by TfL
lawyers (http://www.geofftech.co.uk/tub... ). The Tate Gallery
cannot show you a ;picture
(http://www.tate.org.uk/art/art... )
because the Underground's owners are possessive of the map.

How come the Lawyers have not had this lot taken down?

The World Metro

Here's an addition to the list. London + 213 other cities in one single map : https://www.wwmetro.com


You could update the geographic map with the latest version http://www.projectmapping.co.u...

Pete Badger

Are there any maps that show the actual travel distance in miles between each station (by rail, not walking)?


“Note that the Tube Map is a copyrighted image and reproductions (doctored or otherwise) should not be published without permission from TfL.”

I’m working on one at the moment. Who’s the best person to speak to at TfL about getting permission?