An ‘accurate distance’ Tube map

The London Tube map is a design classic, keeping the same look and feel for over eighty years. But now, Transport for London (TfL) has done the unimaginable: it’s released a geographically accurate Tube map.

The current map doesn’t necessarily show the real distance between stations as it’s designed to show the line connections as clearly as possible.

However, thanks to a Freedom of Information request, you can now compare the classic version with a surprisingly elegant ‘spaghetti’ variant.

See the whole map here and tell us what you think of it.

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London Design Festival

London Design Festival returns tomorrow, with over 400 events celebrating the best of local and international design across the city.

Here are some of our preview highlights:

Festival Projects
Alex Chinneck’s stunning ‘A Bullet From A Shooting Star’ installation is bound to be a standout piece at the Festival.
Formed from a lattice of steel, the sculpture takes the shape of an upside down electricity pylon, subverting a common sight through a sheer feat of engineering.
More historic highlights include Somerset House and the V&A Museum, which will both be hosting work by renowned designers and brands.

Destinations and Districts
The Festival sees the return of some great established events, including 100% Design, Decorex International, and designjunction.

Partner Activity
The partner events are very diverse this year, taking in the collaborative Brixton Design Trail and the interactive Makers Playground.
Transport for London has teamed up with the East London Liquor Company on ‘Design Pick’, a pop-up restaurant and wooden Tube station installation which will showcase design collections inspired by TfL.

London Design Festival runs from the 19th to 27th September; find out more about it here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Photos of London’s deserted Underground

Photographer Aaron Pegg has showcased the eerie beauty of a deserted London Underground.

Each photograph captures the architectural mystery of the transport system after hours, drawing attention to features that often go unnoticed during our busy commutes.

Creating over 500 bold images of tunnels, platforms, and more, Pegg visited up to forty stations, aiming to inspire viewers to approach life with a fresh perspective.

Take a closer look at some of his work here and tell us if you now see London Underground in a different light.

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The Sky Pool

If you’re enjoying London’s hot weather this week, why not imagine doing so while swimming in mid-air?

Arup Associates has designed an innovative ‘sky pool’, a 25-metre-long swimming pool which will bridge two blocks of apartments in Nine Elms, south London.

The pool, inspired by aquariums, will be completely transparent, affording swimmers with striking views of the city as they paddle and tread water.

Apartment developer Ballymore Group’s CEO, Sean Mulryan, said: “The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”

Find out more about the Sky Pool here and tell us if you would have a swim in it.

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Britain’s tallest sculpture gains a slide

London architecture firm Bblur has designed an epic slide, which will wrap around the tallest sculpture in the UK.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower in London’s Olympic Park, will be home to a slide that allows visitors to exit the tower in a more stylish way than usual – at 15mph.

The slide itself, which will be around 180m long, will get riders to the bottom in approximately 40 seconds, giving them a unique view of the city skyline along the way.

Opening in spring 2016, the slide may become a new hit tourist attraction – read more about this fun idea here.

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The ‘last days’ of London life

A collection of black and white images reveals the ‘last days’ of London, capturing the city as old traditions made way for the metropolis we recognise today.

Photographer Colin O’Brien has been documenting the city’s changes since 1948, taking some of the final pictures of the old Covent Garden Market before it closed for good.

O’Brien also captured a long-forgotten tram back in 1952, one of the last rag and bone men in 1980s Hackney, and Woolworths’ last day of trading, compiling the images in his new book, ‘London Life’.

See more of the pictures here and tell us what you think of this intriguing insight into history.

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Kellogg’s suitcase fridge surprises commuters

Kellogg’s new publicity stunt has seen its ‘breakfast team’ take over London Underground.

The breakfast team have taken ‘fridges’ onto the tube, holding everything from milk and cereal to utensils such as cutlery and bowls.

However, to unsuspecting commuters the fridge looks like a normal suitcase – until of course, it’s opened mid-journey.

This campaign is targeted at the ‘busy workers’ who are skipping breakfast all together.

A Kellogg’s spokesperson said: “With almost 1 in 3 adults missing breakfast every day, we wanted to show that even for people with the busiest lifestyles, there’s always time for a bowl of Special K cereal.”

Watch the unsuspecting communiters here and tell us what you think.


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