This blog’s author and humble narrator, arriving at Heathrow airport and getting on a Picadilly line train, in the spring of 2009.
A nice poster showing the true path of the Picadilly line through central London, with overground points of interest indicated.
As you move through the hallways in the London Underground you’re given frequent additional directions to reach the exit or a connecting line.
In many of the other photos in this blog the CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) surveillance cameras are plainly visible. London is one of, the not the most, heavily surveilled cities on earth. “Big Brother is watching.”
These yellow and black “Way out” signs, plus directions to connecting lines, are liberally placed along the platforms. They’re conveniently placed directly across and a bit above eye level as you’re exiting a train. One trick when you’re on a train entering a station where you’re going to exit or switch lines is to look out the windows of the train at these signs as the train is slowing and coming to a stop. This lets you know as soon as you step out onto the platform whether to turn left or right to get to the exit or a connecting line.
I’m pretty sure this was on the Picadilly line, at Holborn station.
The ubiquitous modern “Way out” sign. Notice in this and in other official modern signage that either all the letters are capitalized, or only the first letter of the first word is capitalized.
I think this was in Covent Garden station. This sign dates to pre-1916, since it uses a different typeface from the now-iconic one developed by Edward Johnston for the London Underground and put into use that year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnston_(typeface)).
The official London Underground typeface is available from http://www.p22.com/products/london.html. A free version of this typeface can be downloaded from http://www.fontstock.net/10483/london-tube.html.
Every station I’ve been to on the London Underground has a Local Information map on the wall near one or more of the exits. There are also printed copies of these maps available near the ticket booths. I’ve brought home a small collection of these maps from most of the stations in and around London’s West End.