Video: The Secrets Of The Victoria Line

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 63 months ago
Video: The Secrets Of The Victoria Line

Look carefully at the wall tiles next time you travel on the Victoria Line. They hold many hidden messages and symbols. In this short video, Geoff Marshall travels along the whole route, looking out for unusual patterns, the network's biggest roundel, vanished station names and other curiosities. Even the most jaded of commuters will find something to enliven their journey.

Geoff Marshall knows a thing or two about the Tube network, having previously held the world record for visiting all the stations in one day. He's also the brains behind the Station Master App. Geoff's keen to build on this feature to cover all the Tube lines, so please help spread the word by sharing this video through the usual channels.

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Last Updated 18 March 2013


No Oxford Circus?


interesting :)

but Highbury Islington tube station has a far more exciting past that the old building you showed.

It used to look as grand as this before the war


Poor old Vauxhall obviously has nothing interesting about it....

Geoff Marshall

It should be noted that Tottenham Hale and Vauxhall got cut from the final edit or it would have been too long. I did have facts about the but they're not the best.

Oxford Circus and Euston I'm hoping to cover when (and if) I do other lines.

Also, Waterloo & City line is also also completely underground, but how many people consider that a proper tube line? :-) [operationally speaking, it's part of the Central Line anyway]

What line would people like me to do next?


"Only tube line to run entirely underground" - Waterloo & City anyone?


very interesting, never knew what the tiles, but not think i will have a closer look! thanks for sharing Geoff!!


What are the directions for the Kings X Victoria line shortcut please? I always get the Northern Line instead because there's a shorter walk than that long walk down the tunnel from VIctoria line platform to exit. Looked in the video like you follow the signs for the Northern Line?

Vix Proctor

What happen to Oxford Circus and Vauxhall??


Pat86 - be at the front of the Victoria train coming southbound (or rear northbound) then there's an exit to your left. Take this then turn right (if coming from the southbound) and then a few yards down on the right is the small staircase Geoff mentions. At the bottom you have the Piccadilly to your right and a short escalator down to the Northern


just re-read and I wasn't clear - Northern escalators to your left


Specially loved the tile colour change at Green Park.

Kris in Hawaii

Next time I go I'm heading straight for the Oyster free gate.


I thought thus was a very interesting and informative video. Next time I am in London I will look out for these tiles.


Could you still say what the facts were for Tottenham Hale and Vauxhall?


Nice one Geoff! Though the 1904 building at Highbury became disused in 1968 as the Victoria Line opened, not 1975.


Loved this, more please....

Sue Sparks

I love these videos. I knew most of this as I have used the Victoria Line for many years. The tip about King's Cross is true, I discovered it myself after several irritated walks following the official route. There's another route march at Bank from the DLR to the underground that can be avoided by going the opposite way to the signs. I live in Hong Kong now and I used to think the interchange between the Victoria and Piccadilly Lines at Green Park was a long walk but it's just a short stroll compared to the distances you have to walk to change lines here!

Jazz For Hire

Thank you so much for that short cut advice at Kings Cross - I often have to carry my digital piano down those ridiculously long tunnels, so that really helps! If there's a quick way to avoid that long tunnel at Green Park, please share - I do that one twice a week!

Soraya Qassem

Love the videos! I am a London girl living abroad and can't tell you how much these videos bring a great taste of home and my beloved London. The only piece of feedback I have is that the text that appears on screen with some interesting facts if never there long enough for me to read it, and I'm a fast reader! Keep up the great work, I am glad to know that there are others who are as passionate and interested in the tube as me, as mostly you just hear people complaining.

Chris Walsh

I took photos of the tiled seat recesses at every station on the Victoria line. See them here (please do - I nearly fell on the tracks taking the shot at Highbury & Islington!):
I've now got a beautiful horizontal poster on my wall featuring all the pictures side by side!


"Finsbury Park station is the busiest station on the underground, in terms of passengers". More people through it than Holborn, Oxford Circus, Waterloo, Kings Cross? Hard to believe.


Note that the Victoria line in-train electronic matrix signs faithfully reproduce the Johnston Light typeface used on all signage on the network. Uniquely of all tube lines, the lower case letter 'l' has a little boot or turn at the foot. Nice.