London's Underground: The Story of the Tube (UK Edition)

October 31, 2020
London's Underground: The Story of the Tube (UK Edition)

It is impossible to imagine London without the Tube: the beatingheart of the city, the Underground shuttles over a billionpassengers each year below its busy streets and across its leafysuburbs. The distinctive roundel, colour-coded maps and Johnstontypeface have become design classics, recognised and imitatedworldwide.Opening in 1863, the first sections were operated by steamengines, yet throughout its long history the Tube has been at theforefront of contemporary design, pioneering building techniques,electrical trains and escalators, and business planning. Architectssuch as Leslie W. Green and Charles Holden developed adistinctively English version of Modernism, and the latest stationsfor the Jubilee line extension, Overground and Elizabeth line carrythis aesthetic forward into the twenty-first century.In this major work published in association with Transport forLondon, Tube expert Oliver Green traces the history of theUnderground, following its troubles and triumphs, its wartime andpeacetime work, and the essential part it has played in shapingLondon's economy, geography, tourism and identity. Speciallycommissioned photography by Benjamin Graham (UK LandscapePhotographer of the Year 2017) brings the story to life in vividportraits of London Underground's stations, tunnels andtrains.