Mapper's Delight

By london_euan Last edited 157 months ago
Mapper's Delight

The London Tube Map is a genuine design classic, and while the actual service may have its ups and downs the map itself remains a constant of concise clear information able to be used by even the most inebriated traveller tracing their route with a grimy post kebab finger with their face no more than 3 inches away.

Designed by Harry Beck, a draughtsman working in the London transport office in 1931, it was initially rejected as being "too revolutionary" but it now has iconic status and attracts much reworking including re-labelling, 3d versions and Londonist favourite, Animals on the Underground.

All of these alternative versions as well as historical and future maps can be found in a frankly worryingly extensive list over at Mappers delight.

It even includes a link to a Way Out map for when you want to impress your visiting friends with a well timed, "No, we're getting out at East Putney, we want to get on the last carriage" comment.

Last Updated 09 March 2005


Must admit to using the Way Out map I spotted in stanfords longacre.

I use it during the rush hour to get in and out of stations quick. Ever since the Kings Cross fire, I just don't like the idea of being behind a train load of people edging towards the escalator.

Way Out gets you there as soon as the doors open.

Also good for partner with pushchair, as it tells you how to avoid steps.

Richard Earney

The Way Out Map used to be published in booklet form called "Getting Off in London" a great title for a great guide!!!


Someone should paint the information from the way out map onto the platforms of each station - so that there is a clear guide when you get on the train where is best to get on for your destination.

The underground authorities probably won't support this though because of the overcrowding at peak times - they always ask people to move along the platform from the popular carriages.

However the advantage of having a 'way out' guide along the lines of destination stations painted on the platform floor at relevant carriage stops, would be that in peak times it would become unusable because it wouldn't be possible to read when the platform is chock-a-block.