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London Underground Entrance / Photo, 1957
London underground entrance.
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The London Underground (affectionately known as the "Tube" by Londoners) is as much a part of London's history as the city's famous buildings and landmarks.
The London Underground's history dates back to 1863 when the world's first underground railway, the Metropolitan Railway, opened between Paddington and Farringdon.
Today the London Underground forms an essential part of most Londoners' lives - transporting over 1.305 billion passengers annually. Over the course of its 150-year history the Tube has witnessed many engineering triumphs, has served as a shelter to the capital's population during German bombing raids in World War II, and has become a true British design icon.
Observing commuters on the Tube gives us a sense of the great diversity of our capital; London's colourfulness, quirks and eccentricities in all their glory!
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