Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the London Underground rail network, or “the Tube” as it’s known to all its commuters, is host to many intriguing facts.

At the Oxford Scholastica Academy, we have chosen our top 5 favourite bits of London Underground trivia:

  • With a vertical rise of 90 feet and a length of nearly 200 feet, Angel station in North London has the third-longest escalator in Western Europe. This was put to the test by an adrenaline junkie who skied (yes, you read correctly!) the entire length of the Tube escalator!
  • Two intrepid commuters have recently broken the record for visiting all 270 London Underground stations in the quickest possible time – setting a new record of 16 hours, 20 minutes and 27 seconds.
  • Harry Potter fans will no doubt be aware of the Hogwart’s Express train taking young wizards and witches from a secret platform 9 and 3/4 accessed through a brick wall barrier between platforms 9 and 10 at King’s Cross station. At one stage this station even had a platform 9 and 3/4 sign put upon the wall between the real platforms 9 and 10.
  • Baker Street is one of London’s oldest tube stations. With its timber-panelled ticket hall and elevated brick barrel vault, this station transports you to the era of Britain’s most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, whose pipe-smoking silhouette decorates the tiles.
  • Normally home to thousands of London’s suited and booted City workers, Canary Wharf station’s exit is a stunning cathedral-size creation that evokes the feel of both a James Bond film set and an Egyptian catacomb.

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