The famous London Underground has been helping travelers, locals, and commuters get around the city for over a century. In fact, it’s become an attraction in itself. If you’re planning a trip to London, you will most definitely use the Tube at some point.
The famous subterranean transport system is the perfect way to travel around town and get from the London Premier Kensington to all your favorite landmarks and attractions. Much like the Shaftesbury hotel collection, the underground is part of the fabric of London and has many secrets to uncover. Here are a few of the best ones.
Of all the claims to fame that the London Underground has, this is perhaps the most obscure. Many people will be familiar with the famous TV personality, Jerry Springer but you may be unaware that he spent his early years living in London. In fact, he was actually born on the Underground. Instead of a hospital or house, baby Springer entered the world at Highgate Station.
You may have noticed when traveling on the Underground that the stations and carriages can get quite dusty. The Tube is constantly gathering dust and in order to keep the stations clean, the city employs an army of ‘fluffers’ whose job it is to keep the Underground free from dust and debris. Although the introduction of specially designed cleaning trains has reduced the need for so many dusters, there are still a lot of people keeping the system clean.
Eau de Underground
It can’t be said that the smell of the Underground is particularly appealing and in 2001 officials attempted to remedy this by spraying excessive amounts of fragrance into a number of the stations. The name of the fragrance was Madeleine and unfortunately, it wasn’t any more popular than the Tube’s natural scent. After many complaints from unhappy commuters, the idea was scrapped and the Tube reverted to its regular smell.
There are millions of records around the world ready to be broken and if you decide to stay one of the Shaftesbury hotel collection’s signature suites, you’ll have the chance to break one. As it stands, there is a Guinness World Record for visiting every London Tube Station in one day. The current record stands at 15 hours and 45 minutes, which was set by Andy James and Steve Wilson who used nothing more than an Oyster Card and their legs. If you fancy your chances and you want to break a record, head to London and give it a go.
Tube travelers will already be aware of the dust and fumes that gather in the Underground Stations around London. It may be a shock though to find out just how much of an effect that it can have on your lungs. A scientific researcher at UCL recently discovered that traveling for 20 minutes on the Underground is the equivalent of smoking a cigarette.