The London Underground, or the Tube as it’s known by locals, is one of the most efficient and comprehensive underground rail networks in the world.
It carries millions of people every day to their destinations with efficiency and speed- but it’s not that easy to use if you’re a first timer.
The map can be confusing, and the stations themselves are not dissimilar to rabbit warrens- so how can you master the tube and maximise on your time in the city?
Start off by booking a room in the stunning Park Avenue Hyde Park International Hotel; this will place you in the heart of the city, near some key transport hubs- meaning you can get anywhere you like with ease.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the key tips you will need to master the Tube.
Plan your Journey in Advance
Before you head out, plan your route and check the TFL website or app for any disruptions or delays. This will save you time and ensure you arrive at your destination on time.
Use an Oyster Card
The most convenient way to pay for your Tube fare is by using an Oyster card. You can purchase one at any Tube station, and it is much cheaper than buying a single ticket each time you travel.
You can also use contactless payment methods such as a credit or debit card or your mobile phone.
Mind the Gap
When boarding or leaving the train, pay attention to the gap between the train and the platform. It can be wider than you expect, and it’s important to watch your step to avoid accidents.
Stand on the Right
When using escalators, always stand on the right and walk on the left. This allows those in a hurry to pass through quickly.
Follow the Signs
The Tube is well signposted, so make sure to follow the signs for your desired line and destination. If you’re unsure, ask a member of staff for assistance.
Avoid Peak Hours
If possible, avoid travelling during rush hour, which is typically between 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Trains can be overcrowded, and it can be uncomfortable to travel during these times.
Be Mindful of your Belongings
Keep your belongings close to you at all times, especially in crowded areas. Be aware of pickpockets and keep your valuables secure.
Offer your seat
If you see someone who is pregnant, elderly, disabled or carrying heavy luggage, it’s considered polite to offer them your seat. Priority seating is marked with a blue sign.
Keep to the Left
When walking through the station, keep to the left side to allow others to pass on the right. This is a common courtesy and makes navigating the station easier for everyone.
Know the Station Exits
When you arrive at your destination, be aware of the station exits. They are often marked with letters, so check the signs before leaving the station to ensure you are heading in the right direction.
Travelling London Like a Local
So there you have it, some tips that will have you whizzing around the city like a pro, all from the perfect starting point at the Hyde Park International Hotel, the finest accommodation near Hyde Park.