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London Underground Map: Geographically accurate underground map showing where each station and line is

When I arrived in London as a student, I thought I was prepared. I had memorized most of the central part of the subway map, so I would boldly tell all the other freshmen exactly where they were supposed to go and how to get there.

But quickly I started to realize that I didn’t have the full picture, or certainly the full map. For example, why was Elephant and Castle so close to Kennington station and yet seemed miles from Borough? The directions of the lines also gave rise to problems, walking north from Temple to Blackfriars instead of heading directly east.

Then there’s the mess that is the two Edgware Road London tube stations that share the same name but don’t connect. Now that I’ve heard of Harry Beck and his iconic tube map design, I can understand that he did a good job.

So good in fact that it has been stylishly copied around the world. Yes, zone 1 is far too large and the distances between stations in remote areas are far too short. Yes, the Thames is a bit twisted on the map and yes, Paddington is a bit messy, but the network of lines is so complex that it requires oversimplification.

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The map also covers the main roads around London, helping to see where you will be in London when you get off the tube

But at times it would be helpful to know exactly where these stations are, how far apart they are, and where the lines run underground between the stations. TfL secretly worked on such a project in 2014 but kept it in-house, produced as a “one-off” and hasn’t bothered to update it since then.

The TfL Connections card was first published in response to a Freedom of Information request and we rediscovered it recently. Forget everything you know about other Tube cards. This is overlaid on a slightly simplified drawn map of London and has almost all the lines.

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Not just all the underground lines, but the DLR, Overground, Tramlink, commuter rail and future Crossrail lines and their connections. Each line roughly corresponds to its exact geographic routes and the locations and distances are more to scale than the subway map we know and love.

The map also covers the main roads around London, helping to see where you will be in London when you get off the tube. It might not be the easiest drawing, but it’s actually quite useful and worth saving to your phone. Click here to view and download the full map in high quality.

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