You spend a lot of time down there, but how much do you know about the tube? Brace yourself for excellent after-dinner conversation, courtesy of EE Cash on Tap, letting you tap into the Underground using your phone.
1.According to Transport for London, there are "in the region of 40" disused "ghost stations" on the network.
3.Horror novel "A Mystery of the Underground" caused such a scandal in 1897 that the District line (where the book's grisly murders happen) actually saw a drop in passengers.
4.The tube is home to a species of mosquito that's not found anywhere else on Earth. Apparently they feed on rats, tube mice, and probably the occasional tunnel worker.
5.Stations that are reputedly haunted by ghosts include Farringdon and Covent Garden.
6.There have been only three known births on the tube: a girl in 1924, another girl in 2008, and finally a boy in May 2009.
7.The recording of 'mind the gap' first appeared in 1968 on the Northern line.
8.Despite the name, only 45 percent of the London Underground is actually in tunnels.
9.The Piccadilly line bends unexpectedly between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because excavators couldn't dig through the mass of human bones under Hyde Park.
10.There are some parts of the Tube which no passengers ever see: Kennington Loop is a circuit of tunnel used by trains switching direction on the Northern line. Trains must be empty to enter.
11.The longest continuous tunnel on the network is the one from East Finchley to Morden (on the Bank branch) at just shy of 28 kilometres.
12.Arsenal tube station was originally going to be called Gillespie Road. They renamed it close to opening, but by that point the Edwardian tiling had already been done. They never fixed it.
13.Aldgate station opened in 1876 and is said to have been built on a massive plague pit where more than 1,000 bodies are buried.
14.Many stations’ tile designs tell a story: In Baker Street you’ll see Sherlock Holmes, film sprockets at Leicester Square, and mosaics in tribute to music hotspot Denmark Street at Tottenham Court Road.