Did you know there were eight tube journeys that you’d be better off walking?
The tube is a sweat box. A screechy, overcrowded, mobile sauna. Needless to say, any excuse to ditch the underground is welcomed with open arms. Fortunately, TfL have published a map that tells you which tube journeys are actually quicker by foot, so you can get out there in the open air, free of sweaty armpits all up in your face, and maybe even catch a cool breeze. [See also: here’s how hectic the tube map will be by 2040.]
Designed to show Londoners and tourists how long it takes to walk between stations, this map will give you the heads up for when there’s no need to tap your contactless. While some are obvious to the seasoned undergrounder – like Covent Garden to Leicester Square – there are a few that may surprise you.
Charing Cross → Embankment
These stations are 300m away from each other, so save yourself the money and the escalators, and walk for three minutes instead.
Bond Street → Oxford Circus
It only takes seven minutes to get from one to the other but, as Oxford Street can be just as crowded as the tube, you may want to take the quieter route down Brook Street instead. A far more pleasant experience than elbowing your way through shoppers on either the underground or the street.
Leicester Square → Covent Garden
Pity the fool who queues to get into Covent Garden station at rush hour and squeezes into a packed tube carriage, only to get off half a second later. These stations are a tiny 250m away from each other. Walk. [Related: the fancy new tube trains coming to the Piccadilly line in 2023]
Lancaster Gate → Paddington
Despite being 400m away from each other, this journey would take 15 minutes on the tube, with a change. Walking will take you less than half that time and you avoid the Central Line. Win, win!
Blackfriars → Southwark
Although you could hop on the tube for 15 minutes and change at Westminster, you’d probably prefer a leisurely stroll across Blackfriars Bridge. Probably.
Chancery Lane → Farringdon
This journey takes 20 minutes on the tube, but you could half that if you walk.
Aldgate → Aldgate East
Head to either one of these, no matter which you’re aiming for. It’s a three minute walk from one to the other.
Knightsbridge → Sloane Square
You could walk it in 10 minutes or hop on a tube for four stops and a change. You decide.
To conclude, fresh air > spending unnecessary money. You can view the full map here. Cheers, TfL!