To accompany our Quirky Tube Facts blog posts (you can read part 1 here) we’ve decided to share some of the most interesting recreations of the Tube map.

The original Tube map was designed in 1931 by Harry Beck, an Underground employee who realised that travellers would have a difficult time getting from station to station without an understanding of topology. While his original design has been altered to make room for additions, today’s map still follows his basic idea. If you don’t see your favourite below, feel free to leave a comment pointing us in the right direction!

quirky tube map

Ever wondered which station is closest to the most expensive neighborhoods? Wetherell and Dataloft put together a colour coded map of just that.
Most of the Underground isn’t actually underground. The shaded parts of Steve Prentice’s maps show you where the Underground is truly underground.
Not all stations in the Underground have toilets. Steve Prentice put together a little guide to help you find where they really are.
Paul Middlewick began finding animals on the Underground in 1988 and has since found an elephant, a beaver, a bat, and much more.
Nike created their own Underground map in conjunction with their FuelBand. This map shows the alternative walking routes between stations and displays the NikeFuel points.
Max Roberts created his Underground map using circles after the final section opened for London’s new inner suburban circular railway in 2012.
Mark Ovenden’s map shows all world cities with dedicated urban railway networks as stations on a map derived from the world famous London Underground map.
Mark Noad’s map is more geographically accurate, uses a more condensed font, and uses 30 and 60 degree lines.
Jenni Sparks’ map showcases “the culture and personality of each part of the city, as well as the best places to go”.
James Wannerton has a neurological condition called synaesthesia that allows him to taste words when he reads or hears them.
LEGO created a series of Underground maps that show how the network has evolved over the years starting in 1927 through to 2020.
tube map 1
Bruno Imbrizi’s map shows you where all the trains on all the lines of London Underground are in real-time in stunning 3-D.
tube map 2
Chris Evans’ map covers Zone 1 of London’s underground transit system and features graphics from the retro world of Super Mario Bros. 3.
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Crispian Jago illustrated a map that shows the timeline of every Doctor, companion, and enemy faced.

(Maps by: Wetherell Dataloft, Steve Prentice, Steve Prentice, Paul Middlewick, Nike, Maxwell Roberts, Mark Ovenden, Mark Noad, Jenni Sparks, James Wannerton, LEGO, Bruno Imbrizi, Chis Evans, Crispian Jago)

Which one is your favourite? And if yours isn’t featured, why not drop us a link!