London, capital of the United Kingdom and one of the leading cities of the world in fashion, finance, arts, and pretty much everything else you can think of. More than eight million people live in Greater London, with many more commuting into the city every day. How does London handle such human traffic? How easily can people move from one place to the other? Here are four ways of how people travel in London:
The London Underground, better known as the Tube, is a very popular means of transport. It is quick, easily accessible and very extensive, covering pretty much most of London. The picture below shows how massive London’s underground (and overground, which is the orange line) actually is. It might seem daunting at first, but it is in fact quite easy to understand and use. The stops itself are always well indicated above and below ground, with arrows pointing you in the right direction. All the while, you will enjoy being brainwashed by the happy-go-lucky colours of the new iPhone 5S, or will enjoy reading how much Frank Sinitra liked his Jack Daniel’s, or will get to know all about the latest movie of some director, a masterpiece of modern cinema art which you cannot miss. And even though the Tube is quite expensive, costing me some £20 a week for travelling in zone 1&2, I very much like it and use it multiple times a day. However, be careful of using the tube during rush hour, as popular stops get really packed with people. The more people, the hotter it gets as well, so unless you want to come out as a well-steamed or boiled broccoli, try to avoid rush hours.
How strange London would be without its double-decker buses. Throughout the years, the buses underwent quite a few changes and they look very modern now, although they have always retained their symbolic red. The buses are a symbol of the city and Londoners are quite proud of them. Although less easy than the Tube, it is not hard to figure out where a bus is going and how you can get to your destination. You can also use them with your Oyster Card (the card you use for the Tube) or with any metro ticket, which is quite convenient. However, because of traffic, the bus you’re in will probably stand still longer than it will be driving.
The Hackney carriage, or just taxi, is a quite expensive and not even quick way of transport in London. But you might take it because the metro is no longer open (it closes somewhere around 1AM), or because, for the girls, it looks kinda cute and typically English. And yes, absolutely everything has an ad smacked on it.
Arguably the least efficient way of moving around in London, although they are a very good way of showing off, if you would need that kind of satisfaction. And even though I’m not a car fanatic at all, I enjoy the cars in London.
There are less obvious ways of transport as well. If you’re brave enough to cycle your way through London, you have the Barclays bikes, or Boris bikes, because mayor Boris Johnson is said to use them regularly. I’ve also seen people skate-boarding and roller-skating towards their destination as well. To sum it up, there are many ways of moving from one place to the other, but I consider them all enjoyable, simply because London is such a fascinating city to travel in.
I’ve deliberately used a number in my title, because I learnt that a number is a particularly strong way of getting people to read your post. People like lists as well. If this post is a statistical success, I might use this technique more often (although I don’t really like it). Thank you for being part of my experiment.