Are you dreading your journey home right now? The commute can fill many people with dread as it brings to reality the prospect of facing the London Underground at rush hour.
Luckily TFL have a map of the London Underground that highlights alternative walking routes, promising to make your journey to and from work a lot easier. The aim is to help anyone who might not realise that their journey would be a lot quicker on foot, and ultimately to decrease overcrowding in the Underground.
Just to help you out, here are 6 journeys that are in fact quicker by foot, rather than facing the deepest depths of the Central Line. Save yourself the Oyster top-up and take in a few more sights of London by walking these short distances in your commutes instead of being stuck underground.
1. Leicester Square to Covent Garden
This is one for every time you see a person wait to get into Leicester Square station, to then hop on a packed Tube to Covent Garden, to then have to either wait 5 minutes for a lift or brave the mammoth stairs, all without realising that the two stations lie on 250m apart.
2. Blackfriars to Southwark
Rather than face the 6 stops and 2 changes between stations, take the quick walk across Blackfriars bridge, and take in the view while you’re at it.
3. Knightsbridge to Sloane Square
Just a 10 minute walk will get you from Knightsbridge to Sloane Square, walking straight down Sloane Street. The Tube alternative involves 4 stops and 1 change.
4. Bond Street to Oxford Circus
A seemingly obvious one, with the two stations lying about a 7 minute walk apart. One walk in a straight line down Oxford Street and you’ve saved yourself from the Central Line (my nemesis).
5. Aldgate to Aldgate East
These stations are only a 3 minute walk apart. Easy.
6. Chancery Lane to Farringdon
By Tube this journey would take you 4 stops and 2 changes, whereas a simple 10 minute walk would save you a lot of time and effort.