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Note that the Tube Map is a copyrighted image and reproductions (doctored or otherwise) should not be published without permission from TfL.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

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  • http://twitter.com/TremulantDesign 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!

    • Anonymous

      Ha, brilliant. I’ve added it.

      • http://twitter.com/TremulantDesign Michael Hobson

        Thanks, glad you like it!

      • Tabathakinder

        Absolutely love these maps. Is it okay if we use the disabled access one for http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk ??  Please get in touch! (tabathakinder@hotmail.com)

    • Ciorstaidh

      It’s only slander if it’s untrue…as a daily sufferer of the Victoria line this brought a smile just as I’m about to do battle but it is not, alas, slanderous. ;)

      • http://twitter.com/TremulantDesign Michael Hobson

        Haha, yeah I know, I made this one day that I was extra-annoyed at the V line – it’s crap on a daily basis…

  • FatBunneh

    I bought this t-shirt from a US clothing company, Threadless, a couple of months ago: http://www.threadless.com/product/2293/There_and_Back_Again/

    • Dave H

      That’s unutterably cool. Terrifyingly nerdy, though.

    • Dave H

      That’s unutterably cool. Terrifyingly nerdy, though.

  • ken

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my contribution – it shows the distance and direction between tube stations by adding a warped grid to a (somewhat out of date) standard tube map.

    Ken

  • ken

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

  • http://profiles.google.com/edwardbozzard Edward Bozzard
  • http://profiles.google.com/edwardbozzard Edward Bozzard
  • Anonymous

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

  • http://xkcd.com/386/ Over the River

    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.

  • http://www.marcofiori.co.uk Marco Fiori

    Awesome collection!

  • Badenmorgan

    This is a better upside-down map with new south London stations http://www.colourcountry.net/colourcountry/content/South-London-Tube-Map/media.pdf

  • http://twitter.com/thesimonkirby Simon Kirby

    10 Great Railway Journeys in 10 Days
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1000/sets/72157602232408689/

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • http://twitter.com/thesimonkirby 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/publications/standard/publicationdetail/page1/DFES-0113-2006

  • Lizzie Bee

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

  • Lizzie Bee

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

  • Joe

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

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/48738820/Spiekermann-poster-text

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  • Gary

    Some of the best alternative tube maps you’ll ever see, live here:
    http://www.publicgriefjunkie.com/shop/prints-5.cfm

  • http://twitter.com/MickCropper Michael Cropper

    Here is our contribution from Hotels-London.co.uk: 
    http://blog.hotels-london.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Piccadilly-Infographic1.jpg

    Full blog post for reference: http://blog.hotels-london.co.uk/what-to-do/itineraries/a-day-out-on-the-piccadilly-line/

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

    • Torpedo

      a shame that the first stop on your trip, Osterley House, doesn’t open until midday. Although it is true that you could have a nice walk in the park from 8.

  • James

    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_Tube_Map.pdf

  • Mr Mappy

    As you’ve got such a comprehensive set of alternative tube maps (including one of mine) you may be interested in:
    http://www.projectmapping.co.uk/Reviews/Resources/London%20Rail%20and%20Crossrail.pdf

    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?

  • B4GP1PE5

    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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/donanonimogarcia Anónimo García

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

    http://casalatina.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/annual-report-2008-2009-6-0.pdf

    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/cartes/metro-tram-london/

  • Adam

    Surprised you haven’t included the RSC Greater Shakespeare map – see http://www.rsc.org.uk/shop/category/f02a5fbc-76c8-45aa-b104-5bd06dd3d163/