Having a pop at London Underground is like saying Alan Shearer is
too slow- it’s true, but you’re picking on far too easy a target and
there aren’t any decent alternatives.
Everyone’s had a tube nightmare. Stranded at Southfields, puked on in
Perivale, trapped in a tunnel near Tooting. But forget these and look at
Getting to Soho from Media Business’s cosy location in the madlands of
Hammersmith (the area has the world’s highest concentration of
psychiatric clinics), often takes more than 45 minutes in a taxi. But
hop on the Tube and you’ll be there in 20 for a quarter of the
The bus is even cheaper but only becomes an option if you enjoy
travelling at snail’s pace while forcing your legs into a space designed
for Dennis Wise.
No, the Underground is far superior. Just think of the amusement it
My favourite is the tourist couple who have just realised they are going
the wrong way round the Circle Line. Although the suit who gets his head
trapped in the doors runs them a close second.
True, the Tube’s a creaking heap of shit - but it still does a solid
job. Not unlike Shearer.
The Tube: pounds 1.80 for a single
Available in various subterranean locations around London.