London is the best city I have even visited.
Every detail reminds you where you are:
Five years ago the phone boothes were full of the prostitutes ads. But they are no longer popular (the boothes), so the ads slowly disappear:
To make sure tourists can safely deal with driving on the left, every crossing reminds you to look right:
At night, the crossings are well visible thanks to the lighting columns:
Public transport lanes are painted red:
This street is only for buses and it has a barrier:
By the way, the text is hand written.
Vehicles entering the central zone pay a fee called “Congestion charge”. The zone has a special sign and road marking:
The direction signs look beautiful, but are hard to read because of the minimalist British arrows lacking the arrowheads:
All kinds of arrows:
Non-standard speed limit sign:
London Underground is the oldest underground train network in the world. The first lines were run by competing companies, but in the twentieth century they merged under the brand Underground. Many of the modern lines still carry the names of the companies they were originally run by (Central, District, Metropolitan).
The phrase “Mind the gap” (meaning the gap between the train and the platform) became the catchphrase of the Underground:
And the Underground sign, a red ring with a blue stripe, became the basis for the whole public transport identity.
An astonishing amount of thought is put into the signage and wayfinding system.
A transfer passage:
The diagrams list the stations of the respective line.
Same kind of diagrams are set up on the platforms, but they only show a remaining part of a line:
On the most of the lines, the hand-rails in the carriages are colored the same as the line on the diagram (on the pictures: Central, Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines):
The Underground is very old. Always there are stations or even lines that are closed for repair. A team of designers makes sure the commuters know what services are not operating and why, how long the disruption will take and what to expect in the end:
The disruptions are shown on the diagrams in the ticket halls and the trains:
A water leak on Baker Street station:
Some stations lack escalators. The passengers are waiting for a lift on Lancaster Gate station:
If you would rather not use a lift, you can choose stairs:
A logo on every step:
Londoners hate the Underground.
The bus sign is a red ring with a red stripe.
A bus stop:
When multiple bus stops in an area have the same name, a letter code helps to tell them apart:
Detailed “spider maps” explain the routes from a stop:
A closed bus stop:
Rail replacement bus service stops here:
The bus is considered unsafe due to the rear open platform. Also, there is no wheelchair access to it. But they are still serving two routes for the sake of beauty.
Bycicles are also part of the transport system:
One of my favorite places in London is Camden Town. On weekends the whole area becomes a crowded market.
Camden High Street:
Taste this chicken:
Let the fish taste your feet:
A very calm DJ is playing dark psytrance:
A street sign is painted on the wall:
London is beautiful:
A coffee seller in Soho:
A porter on Knightsbridge:
A girl on Piccadilly:
The buses on London bridge:
The lawyers in Temple:
A man at Shepherds Market:
A cyclist in Hyde Park:
People on Millenium bridge seconds before the rain:
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