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London Underground wall map, Leicester Square station, 1998

Large, 50 inch by 40 inch maps are plentiful in the London Underground.

I bought a full-sized copy of the London Underground map, laminated in plastic, at the London Transport Museum gift shop in Covent Garden. I’ve never seen the full-sized maps offered in their online gift shop (http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/), only smaller, poster-sized versions. The online shop does have the shower curtain version, though, which is actually larger than the full-sized map (and omits the advertising at the bottom and top right corner). I got that shower curtain as a thoughtful gift in 2009.

London Underground platform exit, Leicester Square station, 1998

Leicester Square is “cinema land” in London. Notice the tiles resembling movie film sprocket holes, and the archways painted like neon lights.

London Underground long hallway, Tottenham Court Road station, 1998

There are many long and winding hallways in the London Underground, covered floor-to-ceiling with large advertising posters.

London Underground hallway entrance, Tottenham Court Road station, 1998

In constructing the London Underground there were large holes bored out…and there were small holes. This is a typical intersection between the two.

The Tottenham Court Road station green accent color is especially evident, here.

London Underground platform, Northern line, Tottenham Court Road station, 1998

This shot of a platform in Tottenham Court Road stationĀ on the Northern line gives a view encompassing the distinctive Tottenham Court Road station mosaic tilework on the left, the green accent lines of the station along the left and right walls and around the tunnel entrance, and the typical elements you’ll find at most platforms: The station name in London Underground roundels, vending machines, emergency call telephones, benches, huge adverts on the wall next to the track, more adverts on most every other vertical surface…and litter. There are no trash bins down in the London Underground, due to fears of bombs being placed in them by terrorist groups (previously the IRA, and now anti-Western extremist groups like al-Qaeda).

London Underground hallway with tiled walls, Tottenham Court Road station, 1998

Each station in the London Underground has distinctive decoration. Tottenham Court Road station is distinguished by the mosaic tilework in many of its halls, and the green accent color in many locations, as seen in other photos here.

London Underground hallway, Tottenham Court Road station, 1998

A shorter hallway in the London Underground.