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The London Underground turns 150. See how the tube map has changed

A postcard version of the tube map in 1908
  • Zachary M. Seward
By Zachary M. Seward

Chief executive officer

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The London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday today, marking the anniversary of the first trip on the tube, between Paddington and Farringdon. The tube is arguably best known for its iconic map, created by Harry Beck in 1931 and adopted as the official map in 1933. Here’s a look at how the map evolved over time.

1895

1908

1908

1910

1911

1927

1933

1937

1956

1974

2002

2013

Sources: The Evolution of the London Underground Map, A History of London Tube Maps, Transport for London

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