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Impromptu singalong on the London Tube

Don’t you love when an impromptu singalong strikes people on the London Underground?! It’s Erasure. It’s Kentish Town. It’s amazing.

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Missing person’s report: One Oscar Owl

Oscar the Owl

Missing: One Oscar the Owl. Last seen on the Bakerloo Line at Bond Street.

So, I told you about our epic proper British tea. But did I share the heartbreak that had happened just an hour before we waltzed into Grosvenor House?

There we sat on the London Tube – Bakerloo line – mentally preparing for bountiful treats that were awaiting us on that jet lagged afternoon — and we were nearly there. We just needed to change to the Central Line to get to Marble Arch … and the moment we got out of the carriage, my daughter turned and realized that she had left her stuffy, Oscar the Owl, behind.

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New London tube map for walkers

London Tube walking map
Transport for London has just unveiled its new London Tube map, which shows how long it takes to walk to stations (so you can finally make an educated decision on whether it IS faster to walk versus take the Tube.) As a side note, it’s been my experience that it’s ALWAYS faster to walk when you’re up against the Circle Line, but that is neither here nor there …

Here is the full map for your viewing pleasure!

Do you know how to take the Underground like a Londoner?

London Underground dog

Well, first of all, apologies for the radio silence! I have been super busy at work and juggling the being a present parent thing and trying to keep the laundry done and the dishes washed and so on and so on, all while keeping up with watching the latest episode of “Girls.” It’s a struggle, let me tell you!

Anyway, I’m back on board and wanted to share this Buzzfeed quiz, assessing one’s ability to take the Underground like a Londoner. Go on and take it and let me know how you do!

I was very proud to have achieved “Tube Pro” status. “You’re either a Londoner, or just a great human being. You have a healthy regard for personal space, but also the patience that comes with travelling long distances underground. Well done you.” *sigh*

I’ll tell you once a London Undergrounder, always a London Undergrounder! It’s still in my blood so many years later! (But thankfully my nose is clear and not packed with black soot like it used to be from my daily commute!)

Coffee shop London Tube map

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a London Tube map of all of the best coffee shops nearby? Behold!

Coffee for London Tube Map

It was created by Chris Ward, who’s no stranger to good coffee!

Fake London Underground signs

Wow. Someone has posted these fake London Underground signs on the Underground and they really are quite something!

Here are just a few…

Fake London Underground sign

Fake London Underground sign

Fake London Underground sign

London Underground sign
London Underground sign

See the rest of the Tube signs and try NOT to smile ….

No Pants Sunday

Rex Features via AP Images

Rex Features via AP Images

Many London Underground riders went pantsless on Sunday as part of No Pants Subway Ride, which originated in New York City. Since pants mean underwear in the U.K., Brits were careful to clarify that trousers were optional, knickers weren’t. According to the group’s Facebook page, 250-300 people participated this year!

No Trousers Day on the London Underground, London, Britain - 12

'No Pants Subway Ride Day', London, Britain - 12 Jan 2014

'No Pants Subway Ride Day', London, Britain - 12 Jan 2014

London Underground pulls all-nighters

London Underground

I can’t believe it! Starting 2015, the London Underground’s Jubilee, Victoria and stretches of the Central, Northern and Picadilly lines will run all night on Fridays and Saturdays. This is epic! Amazing! Life changing!

Not convinced? Check out Buzzfeed.com’s “15 Ways that All-Night Tubes will Change Your Life.”