Every so often London Underground issues a new tube map, and apart from the usual poring over the changes on the map, there is often quite a bit of fuss about the design of the front cover of the pocket leaflets handed out in stations.

As it happens, the art designs are 10 years old this year — as the first commission of a contemporary artist by TfL to design the cover was in September 2004.

There is a bit of a display going on at the moment, and has been for some time as it happens, of tube map covers blown up to poster size.


Should you be near Charing Cross, for reasons other than seeking a buried church, then the underground passages around the tube station are lined with these posters. It is formally an art display, but I wonder how many people notice as they hurry past the slightly dirty displays?



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  1. Steve says:

    For anyone that isn’t aware, you can buy many of these poster sized covers from the Transport Museum.

  2. Sakhr says:

    They’re also on display at Kingsbury station in Zone 4, for a slightly less dusty (and brighter) option. They’re on the southbound staircase.

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