Ultimate London Underground Guide for Tourists (ft Papa Teach Me)


– For any visitor coming to London, this is
an all you need to know guide to the London Underground. – Otherwise known as the Tube. ♪ I belong
I belong to you ♪ ♪ I belong I belong to you ♪ ♪ You do just
what you want ♪ ♪ Let’s go ♪ ♪ You’re the one I trust ♪ – Okay, the most important thing you need
on the London Underground Tube is an Oyster Card. Now these are smart cards that are pay
as you go, and they allow you to travel all across the Tube network. Also, you can get
on buses, the DLR, and the Overground. All you need is a five pound deposit and you can
get it from news agents and from stations. To enter the Tube network, you need to touch
in, and to leave, you need to touch out. But on buses, you just need to touch in. Otherwise,
they’ll charge you twice. Now, I said that they are pay as you go. That means that you
need to add money to your Oyster card. A phrase we use is to top up. To top up, this is to
add money to your Oyster card, and we do this at the ticket machines at every station. Now,
it is important to get an Oyster card because it makes traveling much cheaper. For example,
if you are going from Oxford Circus to King’s Cross, with an Oyster card, it’s two pounds
40, but with a paper ticket, it’s four pounds 90, so it’s a no-brainer, you gotta get yourself
an Oyster card. An alternative to an Oyster card is a contactless card. That’s your bank
card, okay, your Visa or MasterCard. Now, it has to have the contactless symbol on it,
and you can use that interchangeably instead of an Oyster card, and it costs the same amount.
Now, for those of you coming from abroad, you might need to check that you’re not gonna
get charged fees by your bank. The price of your fare will depend on what time you travel.
We have peak and off peak. Peak is more expensive than off peak. Now, peak is from Monday to
Friday, 6:30 in the morning ’til 9:30 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon ’til 7 in the
evening. Now right now it is peak time, also known as rush hour. You can see thousands
of commuters going from work to home or home to work. ♪ I belong I belong to you ♪ ♪ I
belong I belong to you ♪ ♪ You do just what you want ♪ So the Tube was opened in
1863 and at the time, it was the world’s first underground railway system. The first line
was the Metropolitan line which went from Paddington to here in Farringdon. There are
now 11 lines, they’re all color coded. So, you got the Circle line, which is yellow.
You’ve got the Victoria line, which is light blue. You’ve got the Northern line, which
is black. Et cetera, et cetera. And there are also 270 stations, but the interesting
thing about the London Underground is even though it’s called the Underground, most of
it is actually above ground. – We Londoners call the London Underground
the Tube, but if you’re more posh, if you speak with a more posh accent, you might call
it the Tube. Another really interesting thing about the pronunciation of Tube lines and
Tube places is the word Ham. Ham, in old English, means village. Now if the word Ham is separate,
or if it begins a word like Hammersmith or West Ham, you pronounce it like Ham. West
Ham, East Ham, Hammersmith. But if Ham is part of the end of the place, you pronounce
it like um, schwa-m, like Chesham, Amersham, Tottingham, Clapham, Balham and so on. ♪ You
do just what you want ♪ ♪ Let’s go ♪ ♪ You’re the one I trust ♪ – Fact number one, the Tube was opened in
1863, which is the same year that Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation
to abolish slavery. Fact number two, American TV show host Jerry Springer was born on the
London Underground. During the London Blitz, his family sheltered on Highgate Station and
he was born on the platform. Fact number three, Angel Tube station has the longest escalator
on the Tube network and the second longest in the United Kingdom. It spans 200 feet,
and there is an amazing YouTube video of a man skiing down it, so go check it out. Okay,
fact number four, the iconic Tube map was designed by Harry Beck in 1933, and its genius
is its simplicity. He was an engineer and draftsman and he used circuit boards. And
he used his knowledge of circuit boards to create the design. There’s no emphasis on
geography. It’s all about its simplicity and its color, amazing. Fact number five, there
are over half a million miles on the London Underground network. Over half a million.
Who has to count that? It blows my mind. ♪ You do just what you want ♪ ♪ Let’s go ♪ ♪ You’re
the one I trust ♪ All right, we’re diving back down onto the Tube now. Now, Aly, there
is a lot of etiquette involved in traveling on the Underground. What are the kind of things
that people should be aware of? – Everything, just be self aware. Just be
aware of your space and aware of other people’s space. That’s my biggest annoyance. – Yes. Can I just say that I’m breaking one
of the etiquette right now. – You’re very close. – One of the rules. Because I am standing
on the left-hand side of an escalator. – That’s very true. – When one should be on the right. – Like if someone wants to come down, they
can’t because you’re in the way. – Because I’m in the way, right? – Boo. – So, I should be on the right-hand side,
and we use the left-hand side to walk up or down. – Yes. – Okay, what else should people be aware of
when they’re on the Tube? – You know what annoys me is when people go
to the gate, you’re trying to go through the gate, and they stop in front of you because
their ticket is still in their pocket. So they’re like, oh, whoops, have to get my ticket
out. And it’s another five seconds. No, it needs to be a steady flow. Steady flow people. – Yeah, you need to prepare. Before you get
to the ticket machine, just have your ticket ready or your Oyster cards or your contactless
card. Have that ready. What annoys me is when you’re trying to get onto the Tube, and you
see that there’s loads of space in the middle, but everyone is crammed together, like, by
the doors. And it’s like, just move down, just be a little bit more aware. Please just
move down inside the carriage so that we can all get on. That’s my little bugbear. – Totally, totally, but you know what we haven’t
said? – Tell me. – Which applies to every city, if there’s
someone pregnant next to you, give your seat to them. Or if they’re elderly, or if they
can’t really stand up easily. – Yes, yes, the big thing, the thing that
kills me is that you look at the carriage and the people sitting down, and most people
are on their phones in this day and age, right? And so they’re on their phones, they’re not
looking up and so they’re not aware. It’s not that they’re bad people. It’s just that
they’re not aware of who’s around them, right? So, yeah, I make it a point of, if I’m sitting
down, I look up. Every time we stop at a station, I look up to see who’s come on. Do any of
those people need a seat? – Totally. – Okay, one other thing that really bugs me
is when especially at busy times people who have rucksacks or backpacks on. And they don’t
take them off, so they’re taking up extra space, right? – Yeah, totally. – So you know that there’s so much more space.
If you just take that rucksack off, put it by your feet, there’s more space. – And also, if someone’s standing behind you
and you’re moving around, you might hit them in the face with your rucksack. – Yeah, it’s possible. – It’s really annoying. – Okay, but should we get to the most annoying? – Number one? – Number one, what is it? – Dude, this happened to me today. Today,
when you are coming off the Tube, you need to exit quickly, right? And so if someone’s
outside the door waiting to, like, push on. – It doesn’t make any sense. – No. – Like, it’s much better for everyone if they
allow you to come off the train so that there’s more space on the Tube, the carriage, so they
can get on. – Totally. – Right, it’s better for everybody. – It’s much better. – So much better. – Yeah. So, if you’re waiting to get on the
Tube, just wait. Wait until everyone comes off the Tube, then go on. No, this guy, so
I came off the Tube just, literally, just now, and there was this guy in the middle
of the doors waiting to come on. I tried to go out and he walked right into me. I’m like,
dude, wait for people to get off before you get on. – Did you literally say… – I said right in his face, I was so annoyed,
and he was just like . Awkward, good, good, I’m glad he felt awkward. – Yeah. So when you come to London, you now
know, right? – Yeah. – These are the five things, guys. Just please… – That was like six or seven. – Okay, those are the six things. There’s
a lot more actually, in fairness, but those are the most important ones. – Everything annoys Londoners. – Thank you so much for watching, guys. I
hope you enjoyed that video. – And don’t miss our next video about everything
you’ll need to be a pro tourist in London. – It’s here. – Or is it here? – It’s there. – I can never remember. – It’s there. – It’s one of these sides.

100 thoughts on “Ultimate London Underground Guide for Tourists (ft Papa Teach Me)

  1. Basically don't dawdle, when going up escalators, through gates etc, don't stop dead and decide this is a nice spot to reorient yourself and maybe have a little chat with your friend while you re adjust your bag straps, because there are several hundred people barreling up that escalator or through that gate all about to walk straight into your back. MOVE. At least find a spot out of the flow before you start fannying about. Also along our narrow streets don't three abreast admiring the view let the stream of people who are going somewhere get past! Other than that enjoy your self.

  2. Great video, shame about the music.
    Totally agree with the let them off first. Add another to the list; why is your kid sitting down, taking up a seat when oldies are standing?

  3. I love your video and I’m glad to watch that can see you n Aly!! I’ll plan to travel to London soon. Thank you Tom💓💓

  4. I'd add

    1. People putting their shopping bags on the seats and not moving it away when someone comes in, to allow them to sit. (very rude).
    2. People pushing you out of the train when there are people also leaving. They do the same when you're trying to go in. I remember a day someone pushed me because they didn't see there was a kid in front of me (they just saw a gap). That day I seriously wanted to punch that dude. That kid got his leg trapped.
    3. Peak time in summer time. Bring the worst of everyone, including their hygiene.

  5. Sorry, would you mind making more outdoor videos together? It's so relaxing rather than indoor videos. Keep up the good works, mate. 🤩🤩🤩

  6. Loved the video!! What is also good to remind tourists is that the money you “spend” buying your Oyster Card is refundable, you’ll get it back as soon as you return it. I mean, at least it was like that in 2014! 🤣

  7. Just visited London for the first time 2 weeks ago. I’m from a small town in the US, and was initially daunted by the tube, but really it’s not that difficult, & I think it’s fun! Except rush hour lol. Thanks for sharing proper etiquette!

  8. Hi Tom. I've never posted a comment down below your videos and I think this is a perfect occasion to do so. I just want to thank you for making all these video lessons, where the educational content beautifully melts with fun and entertainment. Last year I visited London for the first time, and I have to acknowledge that I was completely awestruck by this culturally-diverse environment. It's not a mere melting pot, it's a mesmerizing place made of an insane amount of skin colours, cultures and languages. I hope to get back to old blighty someday and maybe meet up with you guys. In the meantime, keep on spreading your knowledge of both the English language and culture, cause we badly need that. Cheers!

  9. Does anyone else feel awkward when you want to give up your seat for someone, but you don’t want to offend them by suggesting they’re old?

  10. You two are hella handsome. Right, so, anyway, the Underground looks much like I remember it. I haven’t been since 2002, but I remember finding it quite frustrating at first, and then after about three or four days, my brain finally wrapped full way around it, and it was terribly easy to get.. anywhere, really. I’ll also add a hearty hoorah for your rules of etiquette! Very well said. The rule for exiting and entering passengers is the same as applies to elevators, and buses, and phone booths, and well, any container here in our universe. You cannot refill a thing unless it is first emptied. Let people exit first, Narcissus, and then you’ll have your chance to get on! Right, then. Cheers! -Phill, Las Vegas

  11. At 3:40 you are correct like the Nottingham
    Only the zone 1 and Zone 2 are useful to most tourists and nearly all the stations in these zones are underground. However most of the London Underground network is over the ground.
    Paradoxically Greenwich underground is very far away from the central London but it is in Zone 2 just for the convenience of tourists.

  12. I think when it is compared to Paris Tube, London Tube is much more functional. Paris Tube is a disaster 🙂 ı remember that ı got used to London Tube very easily. By the way, the second oldest tube of the world is İstanbul Tube 😉

  13. I love London tub . I like the way they keep on giving instructions to the passenger . My daughter is studying in London . She travels in the tub a lot. After my visit to London I feel calm that London tub is taking much care than I care my daughter. Instuctions Like Mind the gap and so many. I like all your videos .

  14. Among my pressing questions: are there musicians/performers, panhandlers, and solicitors in the trains too? Are the stations and/or trains filthy at times? Do the half a million mice pop up during the day time as well?

  15. Fun fact in comparing the maps for the Underground and NYC subway: a similar map was made for the subway, but was made during a time of high crime. Passengers wanting to enter and exit preferred a map that showed where each train connected/stopped geographically in case anything happened.

  16. I Love London Underground. You're 100% right it's all about simplicity . One of the best forms of transport in London, There are instructions everywhere so really you can't get lost. Besides, if in doubt there are helpful Londoners everywhere 😄😄😄😄

  17. Well. Shanghai metro has the longest route length . Easily beaten the one in London. However London has the oldest metro system .

  18. As if all the people are the same, we've got the same annoying things about underground here in Moscow.

  19. Here in Panama people stand on the right on the escalator and you cannot go down or go up quickly is really annoying. I sometimes have argue with stupid people because they think the electric escalator is for relaxing

  20. Speaking of tube etiquette – it is absolutely the same here, in Ukraine. And those humanoids in front of carriage doors… agh… sometimes I just have to push them aside to go out. So, people of good will, be strong and god bless you.

  21. Hi, I'm French, I go to London now and again. I have always been surprised by the English fair-play in the subway. Many times, people quited their seat for giving it to me. And I never had any problems to leave it. Every time I was amazed because those who wanted to enter, first, were letting out those who wanted to get out. Moreover,, people have much more the smile in their faces than in Paris. In a nutshell, I appreciate hugely the subway in London

  22. You guys need another teacher called Richard to join you, that way you could be known as Tom, Dick and Aly 😀
    Anyway, thanks for the great video. I'm coming to London for the first time in a few years next week and this was really helpful.

  23. Three things annoy me:

    When someone in front of you waits till the ticket gates closes before they tap their oyster. You don’t need to wait till the gate closes before you can tap

    When someone waits till the very last minute to jump off the escalator. You can easily step of a step before! Then the person behinds you bumps in to the back of them

    When people stand on the platform where it’s says “do not stand” so you have to fight your way past them just to get down the platform

  24. This video is so useful for students and visitors.This make me miss London 😥 anyway, Congrats to the video and edition 👏👏🤗

  25. OMG!! I’ve missed London all the days. I’ve been living in the London for 6 months. I loved ( love) the tub. All the days I got the tube in the Aldgate East. Love you 💕🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿😢.. I’m from Brazil 🇧🇷.

  26. wOw, the two best teachers ever teaming up is a dream come true 🙂
    great job guys!
    dunno if anybody has brought this up yet, but would it be possible that HAM came from HAMLET, since u said it means 'village'?

  27. an other classic one people that dont want to pay at the gate try to push through it with you when you tap

  28. When I went to London, Oyster card often didn't work smoothly and I once got pushed away so hard on my back by a business man. I was scared😭😭

  29. Great video I think Landon tube is also the oldest earliest one in the world. Hope can experience this brilliant system one day.

  30. And there's just one more thing which is "verboten" whilst using the tube and what would discomfit even the aloofest Londoner: eating warm and smelly foods in the train. 🤣

  31. In the 9th grade we made a class trip to London and nobody understood how the tube works😅😂. Getting lost is guaranteed!😂

  32. It must be “international standards” because you must follow the same rules in Madrid if you want to be a polite tourist (we have the same issues even among Spanish people)

  33. Great bit of content. Just return home to Oz having a couple of experiences of the Tube between Shepherd’s Bush and Covent Gardens. I couldn’t believe how noisy it is 😳. Cheers from down under 👍🏻🍷

  34. I'm a londoner who uses the tube almost everyday. Why am I watching this video lol? Good stuff though, very informative.

  35. ㅣlove you both!

    Useful information about the underground. Thanks!

    By the way, speaking from Brazil.

  36. Great Video! I love the tube of London. I think, it is better organized than in Vienna. 😀 It is easy to feel like a Londoner. 🙋🏻‍♀️

  37. 🌹 Hello. Nice to meet you. It is pleasure for me receive information about London. I intend be there in next year . Bye

  38. I think it should have been made clearer that people with a British bank account (or one of several European bank accounts) with the usual contactless debit or credit card don’t need to bother buying an Oyster card – with its 5 pound deposit to be reclaimed later nonsense. Nor do you have to top-up, and all that inconvenience, assuming there is money in the account of course. Ordinary bank cards have all the facilities and maximum charges of the Oyster card. They are just as cheap and be used on buses etc.
    So. If you have an ordinary bank card accepted by London TfL forget Oyster cards. It’s at least as cheap (some say cheaper) and no mucking about.

  39. Here in Brazil we have the same problem with people who want to get off the trains and the people who just not let them to do it hahahah it's almost hilarious

  40. I love both of you guys. You are not only teaching English but also spread the English culture which I m enjoying to learn. Thanks, you’re two beautiful human beings. CHEERS!

  41. sir, I watched all your videos .All are amazing . Your sister , girlfriend all are gorgeous.Interesting video is all famous you tubers in one video.sir, I request you to make video of pronunciation on song by little mix , Araina Granda, Rihana , Bruno mars , Pherrel williams .I watched your song videos of Adele, Ed sheeran , Mac cartney .

  42. Having used the Underground as a tourist (and having picked those points up the HARD way) – Love the video… except; Please… TURN THE MUSIC VOLUME DOWN! Your voice level is too low, so I turn up the volume, and then get BLASTED with the music. Just some food for thought. 🙂

  43. Oyster card or bank card can be used BUT you must use the same card to tap in /out for any single journey.

  44. What station are you fellas at? The one with the white walls and black panelling at the bottom of the escalator?

  45. The last one happens to me all the time. It's awful, am I the only one in Germany who knows the rule? On most of the bus or train doors it extra says it.

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