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->''"Mind the Gap!"''

[[Film/AFishCalledWanda Not a political movement.]] UsefulNotes/{{London}}'s underground railway system is the oldest in the world -- the first section opened in 1863 -- and one of the best known. It's also known as The Tube due to the tubular shape of deep level stations and tunnels (the name of a number of TV and radio programmes, only one of which is Underground related). Due to the combination of metal, urine and anxious sweat, it has a smell all its own.

Entire books have been written on the system, so we'll be brief here. The London Underground runs on a four-rail 630V direct current. It has 270 stations at present.[[note]] Until 2007 there were 275 stations, when the East London Line closed. The line reopened in 2010 as part of the Overground network, so its stations are not counted as part of the tube network proper.[[/note]] Not all of the Underground is actually "underground"; much of it is (like many other subway systems) above the surface, over half in this case, with some "underground" stations in the open air [[note]]in an unusual example, the Underground platforms at Whitechapel are ''above'' its Overground platforms[[/note]] (in fact some Underground trains share stations with UsefulNotes/NationalRail services). The Docklands Light Railway is a separate system -- almost entirely above the surface, run by a different company and has a different power system -- but is shown on the tube map and counted as a tube line for ticketing purposes. Many people seem to think it is just another tube line.

In November 2007, Transport for London[[note]]They used to italicise the "''for''"[[/note]] (the company that runs the network, nearly all of the buses and the tram system in Croydon) acquired some National Rail lines, which became "London Overground" (one of these, the Gospel Oak to Barking line, is actually non-electrified and much of the rest is dual voltage). In 2015 this was expanded to cover various lines in North-East London departing from Liverpool Street main line station. [=TfL=] also runs a tram system in the Croydon area, as well as a riverboat service.

In June 2012 (just in time for the Olympics) the latest new transport medium was added to the [=TfL=] network, the [[https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/emirates-air-line/ Emirates Air Line]] (spelled "Air Line" to distinguish it from the Emirates Airline which sponsors it). This isn't a train (it's a cable car), but it's shown on the Underground map with all the above services. It was hyped as the first commuter cable car in Britain, but the actual use (predictably, given the poor connections with the DLR and Underground) turned out to be almost entirely by tourists, leading to criticisms about it having been paid for out of the transport budget.

The city's considerable age has led to several stations having wonderfully evocative names, including East India, Seven Sisters, Elephant & Castle, Tooting Bec, White City and the unintentionally hilarious Cockfosters.[[note]]Though it's worth mentioning most of these stations are named after the places they are based in -- the area names came before their respective stations. The name Cockfosters has been recorded as far back as 1524, and is thought to be either the name of a family, or that of a house which stood on Enfield Chase. One suggestion is that it was "the residence of the cock forester (or chief forester)"[[/note]] Try not to coo too much, though, because it will make your position as a tourist even more obvious. In fact, the best way to act on the Tube is to nonchalantly read a book (or the free papers that end up littering the cars), or else [[ZombieApocalypse stare straight ahead with dead eyes]].[[note]]This is an interesting bit of human behaviour relating to personal space, very closely related to the UncomfortableElevatorMoment -- but much longer, and going sideways. Normally, people -- or at least Brits -- would keep a bit more distance from each other, but that's just not practical in the pack cylinder shaped cars of the tube lines, so instead they retreat into the mind and ignore it.[[/note]] This tendency by London Tubegoers is often referenced in the rest of the country, with [[OopNorth Northerners]] claiming that they can (and do) easily find each other on a given Tube train due to being the only people who act as if there are other human beings present. [[note]]The unique arrangement whereby tube carriages have long bank seats where people are forced to directly face each other across the aisle has often been remarked upon by non-Londoners, used to seats being at right-angles to the direction of travel and therefore meaning you can safely look at the back of the seat in front, or the ''back'' of somebody else's head. Outsiders have been heard to loudly query this quirk of design, which is held to be just asking for trouble. Or at the very least, psychological disturbance.[[/note]]

The stations are all very different, varying from modern-day gleaming loveliness (most notably the new Jubilee line stations) to atmospheric Victorian gloom (Baker Street), with variations frequently occurring in the same station, especially at interchanges. A considerable number of the older stations are of listed building status (subject to preservation orders) and the architecture has been the subject of books. The deepest station is Hampstead, which has platforms 220 feet beneath the ground, largely due to a hill directly above it. It's best to take the lift when using these stations, as the only other option is a ''really long'' spiral staircase.

Most deep-level stations have escalators (the one at Angel is the longest in Western Europe), but obviously at stations five metres below ground level they're just not worth it. The tendency of the early tube operators to switch from lifts (elevators) to escalators when they became available means a large part of the network is inaccessible to wheelchair users -- although sometimes there are stations which would be completely accessible if it weren't for a few steps between the bottom lift level and the platforms. To avoid pointed stares and quiet mutterings do not stand on or put any luggage on the left hand side of the escalator (this side is for people walking up the escalator in a hurry) or stand still at the top/bottom of the escalator. People using the tube are often in a hurry and these faux pas are notorious as tourist behaviour.

During UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, many people sheltered in the underground stations as protection from air raids (the UsefulNotes/MoscowMetro was actually designed with this in mind). It was discouraged at first because the government thought it would bring about a new kind of homelessness (they were also probably kicking themselves for not thinking of it first), but they eventually gave in. Most tended to prefer them to their Andersons or the communal shelters since they were a bit cosier, arguably safer, more familiar and arguably less scary. When a fatal crush occurred at Bethnal Green in 1943 after a false alarm, it was hushed up by the government precisely because people might stop sheltering there.

The lines have their own names and associated colours. They are always referred to by their names though -- say "Green line" instead of "District Line" and people will just be confused. To avoid inconveniencing the working population of London in general, repairs or other work on the lines are typically done on the weekends. The age of the Underground combined with an attempt to get through the upgrading project as fast as possible means that nowadays there are often three or four lines not running as normal at the weekends. It's advisable to check on the [=TfL=] website before travelling.

There are two different sizes of trains (although the gauge is the same), depending on how the original line was constructed. with larger trains being used for the subsurface lines, which use cut-and-cover construction in tunnels, and tube-shaped trains for the deep-level lines bored far underground. And each line has different trains to suit the subtleties of each set of tracks (although the 2010s saw the construction of a new fleet of trains to serve all the sub-surface lines, with only internal seat layout differences).

On most of the network, every train stops at every station, though in two places lines operate alongside one another to provide a fast/local service -- the District line serves some stations not served by Piccadilly line trains, while the Jubilee line serves some stations not served by Metropolitan line trains. The Jubilee itself passes several DLR stations between Canning Town and Stratford. The Met also has "fast" trains that skip more stations further along the line.

The gauge is the same as main line trains,[[note]]Meaning that with some modification, ageing Underground trains can be and are repurposed for surface work; the Island Line on the Isle of Wight uses old deep-level tube stock, and there are now proposals for 1980s District Line trains to be rebuilt with diesel engines for rural National Rail routes[[/note]] and there are some sections of track where the underground shares tracks with other trains. The Crossrail network, currently being built beneath central London (linking two existing National Rail lines), is ''not'' part of the Underground, although inevitably it will share stations with it in the central area.

The network is divided into nine fare zones, and two ancillary sections for Watford Junction and Essex/Kent (formerly six with four ancillary sections, one for Hertfordshire and three for Buckinghamshire), dubbed the Travelcard Zones, because of the ticket type that allows the unlimited use of the whole network and most of the National Rail network in the area for its validity period (a day to a year), except the river boats where you just get a discount. The integrated ticket was introduced by the GLC in 1981 as part of a general price cut. The cut was ruled illegal, but the ticket stayed. Zone 1 is Central London and you will see estate agents (realtors) use "Zone 1" to advertise properties. In recent years the prepaid, scannable "Oyster card" has become very popular among regular Tube users, allowing you to travel without buying a ticket and giving a good discount into the bargain. More recently, the system has been made compatible with contactless debit and credit cards, smoothing things even further.

The most famous quote associated with the system is the above-mentioned "Mind the gap", used on stations with curved platforms (albeit with a lot of stations using BoringButPractical variations on the phrase - though some have announcers that liven things up a little). Based on the experiences of our British Tropers, this is probably [[TheKlutz advice]] [[SlipperySkid worth]] [[DynamicEntry listening to.]]

It is far from uncommon to see rats and mice happily scampering around on the lines and even sometimes on the platform. They survive on the multitude of food dropped by people passing through and anything else they can find. There are also [[UrbanLegends rumors]] of a colony of mosquitoes that got in when the lines were being dug, got trapped, and have now evolved so far as to be unbreedable with any other kind of mosquito -- kind of London's version of [[BigApplesauce alligators in the sewers]].

The Underground logo or Roundel is iconic and much-imitated, but it ''is'' a trademark and [=TfL=] claims to prosecute all unauthorised users.

One of the most striking things about the Underground is its iconic map, which more closely resembles an electrical wiring diagram than a conventional map. Early Underground maps superimposed the stations onto maps of London itself, but as the Underground became a more complex network of lines, it became very difficult to tell from a regular map what changes you had to make in order to get to where you wanted to go. In 1931, technical draughtsman Harry Beck became convinced that Underground users didn't care how far away their destinations actually were; only how to get there. He was inspired by wiring diagrams to design a map that clearly represented which lines were which and how they connected up, but which made no effort to represent how far apart the stations were in real life. He straightened the curves and made stations a uniform distance apart from each other, and the result is a design classic which has been copied so widely that we [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny forget how ground-breaking it was]]. However, the Underground now covers a much greater area than it once did, which means that the current map can mislead users into thinking that their destination is much nearer than it actually is.[[note]]For example, on the Tube map, the distance from Watford station to Marylebone station is roughly the same as the distance from Marylebone station to Tower Hill station. In real life, Marylebone and Tower Hill are about four miles from each other (a Tube journey of about 23 minutes, given that there are a lot of stations in between) but Marylebone and Watford are about 16 miles apart (around 50 minutes.)[[/note]]

The Underground features in fiction quite a bit. Transport for London will let you film down there if you ask permission first. [[http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/corporate/media/lufilmoffice/ They even have a webpage dedicated to filming there]]. They'd happily let you do simple scenes down there, a murder or two at most, but they'd draw the line at a mass shoot-out or a terrorist attack ([[FunnyAneurysmMoment for obvious reasons]]). The places they'll often let you use are Aldwych (a closed station on a closed branch, usually used for historical settings), the closed Jubilee Line platforms at Charing Cross (usually used for contemporary tube scenes) and the closed Down Street station. Some scenes are also filmed on the Waterloo and City Line due to the line closing on Sundays. [[note]] This is why the eponymous Film/SlidingDoors are blue, as the W&C was not managed by the underground at the time so didn't use the standard livery until several years later.[[/note]]

Many filmmakers mock up Tube stations as a result, with varying degrees of accuracy.
!!Tropes as portrayed in fiction:

* SinisterSubway: There is a considerable amount of abandoned or disused infrastructure in the system. [[http://underground-history.co.uk/front.php Underground History]] has details on the vast majority of it. Until quite recently, when its comically Victorian rolling stock was replaced, the Northern Line was noted for its darkness and gloom. Not for nothing was the subway attack in ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' set in a Northern Line station.
* One Under: The term used when someone goes under a train (fatally or not), be it as a result of attempted or actual suicide, murder or accident. Has turned up in fiction at least twice (as in ''Series/StateOfPlay''). Many drivers who are involved in a "One Under" don't drive a train again. Not exclusive to this system, of course. Many stations have areas under the tracks to stop people doing that sort of thing, known as "suicide pits". These incidents are prevented at the underground stations on the 1999 extension of the Jubilee Line, since they were built with platform screen doors.

!!Works significantly featuring the London Underground are:


* The ''Manga/KOn'' movie features the girls passing through Camden Town station on the Northern Line.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the comic book ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', a magician called Map is shown to live in the underground tunnels, happily clearing away the tracks for the London Council, who are quite unaware of his power, which is linked to locations and places (hence his affinity with the city).
* In many of her early appearances (including the cartoon) the ''ComicBook/XMen'' character Jubilee wore earrings shaped like the London Underground symbol for the Jubilee Line.
* In ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', Tom O'Bedlam puts Jack Frost through a stage of his initiation in a disused tube station with hallucinogenic "Blue Mould" growing on the walls.
* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', the final(?) showdown takes place in Victoria Station.
* The underground gods from ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine,'' Morrigan and Baphomet, reside here. Their concerts are here, and people come down to hear them.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Becomes a significant location in [[Creator/DetsniyOffSkiword Profesor Layton Vs Jack The Raper]], when [[Manga/DeathNote Watari]] takes control of it in order to get the BritishRoyalGuards from [[ArtisticLicenceHistory King Shakespeer]] to guard the entire railway, so Jack The Raper won't be able to get a train.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Loki, Sif and the Warriors Three go down into the Tube system via the Victoria Station during Operation Overlord (the name was intentional) to hunt the ''Veirdrdraugar''.
** About twenty chapters later, it's revealed that [[ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13 [=MI13=]]] under Peter Wisdom's command have taken up residence in some of the old, disused tube stations, using them as a new and [[SinisterSubway somewhat creepy]] HQ following the destruction of their previous one.
** And in chapter 71, [[spoiler: Agent 13]] and two [=MI13=] Agents evacuate the Prime Minister in response to a HYDRA assault via a train leaving from one of these stations and passing through a kind of portal network linking multiple underground lines, while being pursued by the Red Hood and a group of the ''Veidrdraugar.''

* The film ''Film/BillyElliot'', which takes place mostly during the 1984 miners' strike, but has a coda set in the present day. The transition in time between the past and the present is indicated by Billy's family arriving at one of the distinctively modern stations on the Jubilee Line extension.
* ''Film/{{Creep 2004}}''. The poster for this, featuring a woman's bloodied hand against the front of a Tube train, was famously banned from being displayed in the system. A semi [[{{Trainspotter}} rail-fans's]] point on the poster: It features a 1972 stock Northern Line train, withdrawn from service a number of years before ''Creep'' was made.
** The Tube has banned quite a few ads from the network over the years, mostly for being too raunchy, though recent ads such as an admirably blunt one for Vegas, 'come to the place where [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents your accent]] is an aphrodisiac', suggest that this policy is being relaxed (or it is generally assumed that children won't understand what the word 'aphrodisiac' means).
* The Film/JamesBond film ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' makes the rather big mistake of having a Piccadilly line station south of the river. For those who don't know the system, said line is entirely north of the Thames.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' has Bond pursuing Silva between Temple and Embankment stations on the Circle and District lines, which are portrayed as deep-level tube in the film; they're cut-and-cover in reality. The scenes were filmed at the disused Jubilee line platforms at nearby Charing Cross station. A codename for a plan is that of a former Metropolitan Railway station, "incorrectly" described as an old Tube station -- it's well out of London and left the network before London Underground was fully created.
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' has most of its Earth sequences set in London and during the final battle in Greenwich, Thor is unexpectedly teleported to the Underground and has to take the Tube back to the battle. (Although this requires ArtisticLicense - he is told that the train at the station is three stops away from Greenwich. There is no tube connection between Charing Cross and Greenwich.)
* A defunct Underground line features prominently towards the end of ''Film/VForVendetta'', where the whole network is closed by the Norsefire Coalition.
* The plot of the film ''Film/SlidingDoors'' diverges at the main character catching/missing her train at Embankment station, setting off events for the rest of the film (which shows us [[AlternateTimeline two parallel lives]] from that point on.) The actual scenes underground were filmed on the Waterloo and City Line.
* The movie ''Film/DeathLine'' features cannibals on the underground who have grown up completely apart from other human contact and can only say "mind the doors". It sounds goofy, but it's a British horror classic.
* ''Literature/{{Atonement}}'' features Keira Knightley and a considerable number of other people [[spoiler:drowning in the real-life bombing of Balham station.]]
* ''[[Film/TwentyEightDaysLater 28 Days Later]]'' was filmed at Canary Wharf. Jim, Serina and Mark walk along the Docklands Light Railway line.
** ''[[Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater 28 Weeks Later]]'' had a whole section of going through the Underground, in the pitch-black.
* In ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' the titular werewolf committed one of his murders in Tottenham Court Road station. When the dead were advising him to end it all (in a porn cinema in Piccadilly), one of them says, "You could throw yourself in front of the tube".
* Otto in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' needs it explained the London Underground is not a political resistance movement.
* ''Three And Out''. Where a guy has two "one unders" in a month and discovers a third gets him 10 years wages' and retirement. He then persuades a suicidal guy to jump under his train. Provoked a massive protest from ASLEF (the trade union for Tube drivers) and the filmmakers taking out ads accusing Underground bosses of opportunism. It got universally panned by the critics, and bombed at the box office.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Literature/PrinceCaspian'', Strand station becomes the Pevensie children's gateway to Narnia. In the book, this happened at an unnamed countryside train station, rather than in the Underground.[[note]]There have been two Strand stations; one was renamed Aldwych in 1915, so this is likely to be the other, which became part of Charing Cross sration in the 1970s.[[/note]]
* Brian Cox's escape plan in ''Film/TheEscapist'' relies on breaking through a wall near a stormwater drain to get through to an abandoned area of the London Underground (left after World War II), and getting onto a station platform before the tracks start up and electrify.
* In ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}} and the Pit'', the artefacts are found during the construction of a fictional Central Line station called Hobbs End.
* ''Film/SplitSecond'', a 1992 film featuring Rutger Hauer [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the far future of 2008]] ends with him chasing a creature though the GlobalWarming-flooded Underground tunnels.
* The 1968 British film ''Film/{{Otley}}'' features a standoff between Tom Courtenay and Leonard Rossiter on the Central Line platform at Notting Hill Gate.
* The ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' remake features characters travelling on what is supposed to be the abandoned Underground, with roundels and posters visible, but the trains don't look a thing like the real ones.

* The Underground is so old that it features in the Franchise/SherlockHolmes canon, being a major plot point in "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans".
** Reciprocating this, in recognition of its association with Holmes the tiling in the modern day Baker Street tube station contains silhouettes of the detective with his iconic deerstalker and pipe. This resulted in a CelebrityParadox for the PresentDay ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' series which is set in a world where the classic Holmes never existed, historically or as a literary character. Consequently series filming at "Baker Street" actually needed to be done in other, plainer, stations.
* In the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' novels by Creator/SimonRGreen, the way to the Nightside involves entering the Underground, finding a station sign written in Enochian (the language men use to communicate with angels) and boarding that train.
* Albus Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' claims to have a scar in the shape of a map of the Underground. That must be [[http://www.propertyinvesting.net/cgi-script/csNews/image_upload/specialreports_2edb.London%20Tube%20Map.gif one hell of a scar]].
* As noted in the Live Action TV section, a great deal of Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' is set in these tunnels and other service and sewer tunnels of London, and the fantastical spaces that take their name from (or somehow inspired the name of) stations on the tube network - hence, there really is an Earl who who holds court at Earl's Court, there really are Seven Sisters, there really is an order of Black Friars at Blackfriars, and there really are Shepherds at Shepherd's Bush - but ''pray you never meet them''.
* Martha Grimes' ''Literature/TheAnodyneNecklace'' starts in the Underground, with a busker becoming involved in a mugging, and the resemblance of the Tube map to a RolePlayingGame dungeon becomes a plot point.
* In the Creator/LenDeighton novel ''SS-GB'' a man attempts to murder Douglas Archer in a Tube station.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', dwarven tunnels under Ankh-Morpork are marked with the sign of the Long Dark - described identically to the London Underground logo. At the end of the novel these are gifted to the city - the next novel set there mentions ''The Undertaking'', a government project to convert these to civilian use...
** In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', it's briefly mentioned that the spider-skin bound version of the ''Fullomyth'' (a Filofax for yuppie supernatural beings) contains an insert showing the London Underground with the three stations they never dare show on the public maps.
* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Transit'' by Ben Aaronovitch is set in a future where the Tube has combined with the [[TeleportersAndTransporters T-Mat teleporter network]] from "The Seeds of Death" to form a network of trains that "hop" through teleportation fields, linking all the planets in the solar system. There's even a holographic version of the Beck map, which clearly shows how the subspace tunnels connect by ignoring the planets themselves. The novel is about the attempt to make the first ''interstellar'' link, known as the Stellar Tunnel, or Stunnel (a parody of the Channel Tunnel). King's Cross is still the major interchange for different lines.
* Ben Aaronovitch clearly loves the Underground because the third book in his ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' series ''Literature/WhispersUnderGround'' (the clue is in the title) not only features the system heavily but all but one of the chapters is named after an Underground station.
* The whole plot of the novel ''Tunnel Vision'' is a bet the main character, Andy, does with his best friend that he can ride the whole system in a day (people have done this). Him being a '{{trainspotter}}', his internal monologue features a lot of useless trivia about the system.
* A character called Fenchurch in ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'' is named after Fenchurch Street station, which adjoins Tower Hill tube. She insists that [[UnfazedEveryman Arthur]] get [[Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest the joke of her being found there]] out of the way early on, as she's NeverHeardThatOneBefore. No, she was not found there. She was not born there either. [[spoiler: She was ''conceived'' there.]]
* The novel ''Mind the Gap'' has a group of runaways living in abandoned tunnels of the London Underground.
* In ''Literature/ChildOfTheHive'', Will, Ben and Alex attempt to escape from Drew, who is chasing them, by going into the Underground and moving between lines.
* In the non-fiction literature ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'' (formerly ''Guinness Book of Records'') The London Underground is stated as the first underground railway in the world. The shortest amount of time to travel to all the underground stations is always changing so it's probably not worth stating the current record here.
* In ''Literature/RogueMale'' a fight to the death in a deserted tunnel of the now-disused Aldwych London Underground station ends with the "hideous, because domestic, [[HighVoltageDeath sound of sizzling]]."
* The non-fiction book ''Literature/NotesFromASmallIsland'' by Creator/BillBryson suggests a fun game to play with someone who's unfamiliar with London. You challenge them to see who can get from Bank to Mansion House the quicker. They will consult the map (which, it must be remembered, favours clearly showing connections over conveying distance), take the Central Line to Liverpool Street, and then change to the Circle line to get to Mansion House. You, meanwhile, have left the station and walked a little way down Queen Victoria Street. There are several other points where this works.
* The climax of ''Across the Dark Metropolis'', the final novel in ''Literature/TheBorribleTrilogy'', takes place in the Bakerloo Line tunnels and Queens Park depot during the night, and ends with the trilogy BigBad being killed by a train.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Several times, most notably in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]", where the mock-up was so convincing, London Transport thought that their property had been used without permission.
** Marble Arch in "Trial of a Time Lord" ... less so.
* ''Series/{{EastEnders}}'': The show's setting is beside a London Underground Viaduct (despite the name, much of the Underground is elevated) and there is even a fictional station (named Walford East, which replaces Bromley-by-Bow station on the show's fictional tube maps) in the show's setting. A mock up of an elevated station has been built as part of the show's exterior sets to represent Walford East, although this only consists of ground floor level of the station house. There are no platforms as part of this set, and the show very rarely has scenes set at platform level, due to the fact that they would have to shoot these scenes on location at a real station.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', episode two, has giant prehistoric bugs getting into the Underground via time anomaly and killing people. However, said station is very clearly a mock-up, as it doesn't even have the standard station name logos on the side of the tunnel opposite the platform.
* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' had many scenes set in underground stations, including the long-closed British Museum station. Aldwych station was used for much of the filming. Several of the locations and characters are literalisations of the names of Underground station, such as the Angel called Islington, the monastery of the Black Friars, and the Earl's Court.
** It's probably worth noting that, historically, most of these stops are named after things that actually used to be there -- there was a monastery at Blackfriars, for example. Sadly, The Angel, Islington and Elephant and Castle are just named after old pubs.
*** It should be noted that there is (or was) more than one Elephant and Castle pub in London -- there used to be one by Vauxhall station. The area south of Waterloo is formally called Newington, but '''''nobody''' ever'' calls it that; the pub after which it's named is still there (it may not be the original) and was itself named because the land was owned in the Middle Ages by the Infanta de Castile.
*** The 'Infanta de Castile' etymology is unsubstatiated. There are several versions of the story, but that land was certainly never owned by a Spanish princess!
* At the end of part one of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS2E9E10TheTemptationOfSarahJaneSmith The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith]]" when [[spoiler: London is shown to have been destroyed]], a London Underground roundel labelled "Greenford" (an actual station on the Central Line in the Ealing area) can be seen next to Clyde and Rani.
* In the seventh series finale of ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', Lucas, Ros and Connie use a mix of abandoned and active Underground lines to cross the Thames while trying to get to a nuke at the US Embassy. A Russian hit squad is also down there, trying to chase down and kill them all.
* The "[[Recap/SherlockS03E01TheEmptyHearse The Empty Hearse]]" episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' heavily features the London Underground. It was much mocked for '''severe''' confusion between the sub-surface and tube lines, including one pivotal scene in which the train carriage featured is a tube car in the exterior scenes and a full-size sub-surface car when the characters get on board.

* Music/FrankZappa: On the back cover of ''Music/OneSizeFitsAll'' some constellations are named after stations from the London Underground.
* In 1978, Music/TheJam released a single in which the narrator is attacked by thugs while "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight".
** The Music/AmateurTransplants, a comedy duo, also turned The Jam's "Going Underground" into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHu_cfy33bY London Underground]], a song about the problems of commuting during a strike. [[ClusterFBomb It was rather profane.]]
* Also in 1978, Music/TenCc released "Shock on the Tube (Don't Want Love)" on their ''Bloody Tourists'' album. The singer thinks he's seen his dream girl on the Underground, but it turns out to be AllJustADream.
* There have been British rock bands named The London Underground, Subway Sect, Tubeway Army (led by Music/GaryNuman) and Bakerloo.
* Music/{{Duffy}}'s "Warwick Avenue" mentions the Tube station of the same name in the lyrics.
* Music videos filmed at Underground stations include Howard Jones' "New Song" and Music/{{Aqua}}'s "Turn Back Time" (from the '' Film/SlidingDoors'' soundtrack), both filmed at Holborn station; Boris Gardiner's "I Want To Wake Up With You", filmed at Westbourne Park station; and both Everlast's "Black Jesus" and Music/TheProdigy's "Firestarter", filmed on the Aldwych branch.
* Not the Music/GirlsAloud song "Sound of the Underground".
* Music/{{Madness}} is associated with a roundel for the invented Cairo East station, which appeared on the cover of their second album, ''Music/{{Absolutely}}'' and shows up in concerts and music videos every so often.
* Music/{{Godsmack}} made a song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RDZE--LW-o Someone in London]], which consists solely of a sweet guitar riff and sound samples from the Tube, including "Mind the gap!".
* In a similar vein, Music/JudgeDread (no, ''not'' [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd him]]) recorded a reggae song called "Mind the Gap"
* Music/{{Marillion}}'s song "Fugazi" contains references to "Drowning in the liquid seize on the Piccadilly Line" while "Sheathed within the Walkman, wear a halo of distortion/An aural contraceptive aborting pregnant conversation".
* Jay Foreman's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jPyg2pK11M Every Tube Station Song]]" is [[ListSong a list]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin of every Tube station]] (at the time it was performed).
* Part of the video for Music/{{Madonna}}'s Hung Up involves breakdancing on a Jubilee train.
* The music accompanying the London New Year's Day fireworks invariably begins with the iconic "Mind the gap!" sound clip.

* Mornington Crescent is a {{Calvinball}} sort of game invented by ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' where the "players" name stations off the Underground according to a "complex system of rules and strategies", the first to call "Mornington Crescent" being the winner. [[spoiler:The calling of stations is entirely random and there is no logic to it; the "gameplay" consists of convincing uninformed observers otherwise, or simply being entertaining in your citation of the non-existent rules]].
** [[spoiler: At least, that's what veteran players ''want'' new blood to think, so they can more effectively catch them in an arcane trap]]
** The station Mornington Crescent was apparently chosen because of its erratic opening hours (which have varied between fully open, fully closed, closed Sundays, peak hours only, and exit only during peaks) and the difficulty in getting there by train -- there are two Northern Line routes between Euston and Camden Town, but Mornington Crescent is only on the Charing Cross branch, which leads to a somewhat eccentric service pattern. Bewildered fans can occasionally be found standing on the Northern Line platforms trying to figure it out.
*** Bizarrely, Mornington Crescent is shown on the wrong side on the tube map. However, this is because for simplicity's sake the tube map doesn't show the fact that the Bank and Charing Cross branches ''cross over'' between Euston and Camden Town. Mornington Crescent is on the east side, but at this point the east-side branch is the Charing Cross branch. Do ''not'' mention this fact to a tourist, it will only confuse them.
** If devised nowadays, the game would probably be named after Kensington Olympia, which is said to currently (May 2017) get only two Tube trains a day, except on rare occasions. This makes getting the record for visiting all stations much more difficult than before, since it requires very precise planning ''and'' a measure of luck in avoiding problems elsewhere.
* ''Radio/{{Undone}}''. The episode 'Underground' is set mostly on the tube system.
* ''Radio/TheMuseumOfEverything''. The London Underground features in the last of the 'insanely dangerous ride' sketches.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''The London Game'', players compete to travel around the Underground map, visiting a list of randomly-selected stations. {{Rail Enthusiast}}s have been known to play it by actually taking trains to the stations, rather than moving counters on a board.
* In ''On The Underground'', players compete to get points by building Underground lines and having the (yes, there's just one!) passenger ride their trains. One variant ending rule involves ending the game when the passenger token reaches Mornington Crescent.
* ''Scotland Yard'' players can ride on the Tube, though tickets are few in number and there are fewer stations than there are in RealLife, even within the game's restricted map of London.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'', the London Underground is the base for the humans who have survived the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Demon Invasion]]. Shame none of the overground stuff remotely resembles London.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'' has one level set in the abandoned tube station Aldwych, albeit a much larger version than reality. [[ShownTheirWork Still very close to real-life tube stations though.]]
* A ''Franchise/JamesBond'' video game (''The World is Not Enough'') has part of a level set on an underground platform and an underground train.
* A map in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' mod ''The Specialists'' takes place in a run-down London Underground station, complete with cheerful "Mind the Gap!" reminders when approaching the (stationary) subway car.
* ''VideoGame/BrokenSword 2'' had a section set in the defunct station underneath the British Museum. There's a ghost. And a train comes even though. (While British Museum is closed, the line it's on is still very much open.)
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'' has the heroes escape from an underground base in London by breaking out into an abandoned tube station.
* One of the levels in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'' involves the SAS being drawn into a pickup vs. train chase through an Underground tunnel, then a violent crash and a running gunfight through the station.
* One of the four areas of the shareware game ''[=MasterSpy=]'' was themed after the London Underground, with screens having punny names such as "Eastminster" or "Henfosters".
* The first available metro system in ''VideoGame/MiniMetro'' is the London Underground.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has a subway system. While the Gunnerkrigg Underground is clearly a distinct system (the trains all use magnetic levitation), both the [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=319 sign]] and the general design of the station are unmistakable {{Shout Out}}s to the London Underground.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Geoff Ryman's hypertext novel [[http://www.ryman-novel.com/ 253]] is a description of all of the passengers on a Bakerloo Line tube train, leading up to a disastrous crash (based on the real-world Moorgate disaster of 1975).
* [[http://www.nomic.net/deadgames/mornington/dunx/ Mornington Nomic]] is an attempt to construct an actual, playable version of "Mornington Crescent".
* The Londonist YouTube channel includes videos of the several attempts (some successful) of channel member Geoff Marshall to claim (or to claim back) the record for visiting all the stations, as well as several videos on things to notice around the network.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/UndergroundErnie'' is a little-kids CGI cartoon starring Gary Lineker (former footy star and now ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' presenter) as the driver of a train-with-a-face on the fictional "International Underground" which is clearly modeled on the London one, complete with London Transport logo, and the living trains being named after Tube lines.
* ''WesternAnimation/TubeMice'' was a cartoon in the 1990s about a group of mice living in the London Underground. Notable mainly for the villains being played by George Cole and Dennis Waterman, in a clear parody of their ''Series/{{Minder}}'' characters.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' invovles Scott and Virgil having to use abandoned London Underground Tunnels in order to get into the Bank of England's Vault. This is surprisingly realistic as the Central line in Central London (i.e., from Shepherds Bush to Liverpool Street) features many sharp curves to follow the streets above and avoid the basements of the many buildings already there when the line was built. One of the buildings it curves to avoid is the Bank of England, served by Bank station. Then they go and ruin it by starting at Piccadilly Circus.