This New Take on the London Tube Map Will Put Your Literary Knowledge to the Test

By Shabana Arif on at

Bookworms will love the latest alternative map for the London Underground that replaces destination names with the titles of books set in those areas.

"The map aims to give a comprehensive geographical guide to London's diverse literary history," said Tom Matthews, spokesman for creators of the map, In The Book. "We're all familiar with Charles Dickens, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith, but it's also titles such as Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows that help colour areas of the city in their own unique way.

"It was created to showcase London's rich literary history for both locals and tourists. As bookworms ourselves we feel that literature has a unique was of painting places like few other things can."

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As you'd expect, you can spot Sherlock Holmes at Baker Street, Paddington Bear at Paddington, and Harry Potter at King's Cross.

"We found it fascinating how certain genres and authors 'owned' certain parts of the map: Dickens' London dominates the Central Line, while Gothic Victorian works Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde all haunt the Piccadilly Line," notes Mathews. "Zadie Smith takes the Jubilee Line to the northwest while Amis is more prominent around West London."

A number of alternative London Underground maps have popped up over years, including the Tube Heartbeat.

If your penchant is for the Underground itself, rather than the maps, then you may be pleased to discover Selfridges' range of Underground-themed merch. Or if you really like the underground, you can pay £1,000 to have a threesome on the tube - although it's less of a service charge, and more of an actual fine. [Evening Standard]

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