Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary London tube map (pictures)

Shakespeare's London Underground Map - close up
Image: Transport for London and Shakespeare’s Globe
In a special edition of the iconic London Underground map all 14 lines and 367 stations are renamed to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard.

Charing Cross is “Lady Macbeth”, Waterloo is renamed to “James I”, and “Plays” is the new name of the Circle Line.

This Shakespearean makeover of the London tube map was created by Transport for London in cooperation with Shakespeare’s Globe.

The names of stations are replaced with characters from Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies. These names are cleverly places along lines that have been given a specific topic. There are also small icons next to the station names that help distinguish the plays by genre.

Obviously, you’ll also find on the map the places where Shakespeare’s plays were performed. Globe Theatre was added as a station connected through River Thames with Blackfriars, now called “Blackfriars Playhouse”. There is also Curtain Theatre station in Shoreditch, which was rediscovered recently.

Chris MacLeod, TfL’s Marketing Director, explains the idea behind the map:

The works of William Shakespeare are a global institution and have been loved by young and old for more than 400 years. This new map combines two Great British icons together in a fun but informative way.

This gorgeous map can be bought as a poster or art print, from online shops of the London Transport Museum or Shakespeare’s Globe. The 60 × 80 cm art print is for £14.99, but you can go for a cheaper option – the poster (61 × 91.5 cm) – that will cost you £3.99.

Londonist reports that a large vinyl of the map will be installed at Bankside Pier near Shakespeare’s Globe.

If you’re interested in exploring literature across the world, check out our growing collection of literary maps.

Shakespeare's London Underground Map
Image: London Transport Museum Shop
Shakespeare's London Underground Map - lines
Image: London Transport Museum Shop

Via The Huffington Post, Londonist.

More to explore:

Tips and tricks

Grab image text in Google Keep

Use Google Keep to collect and digitize quotes from print books

In this short post you’ll learn how to grab text from print books and make it editable using a free Google Keep app.

Amazon announces Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 and their respective kids editions

Amazon launches thinner Fire 7 and cheaper Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire 7 priced at $49.99, Amazon Fire HD 8 ($79.99), Fire 7 Kids Edition ($99.99), and Fire Kids Edition HD 8 ($129.99) are available for pre-order. Shipping starts on June 7, 2017.

Gift ideas

Best gift ideas for Kindle owners

9 gift ideas for the Kindle addict in your life

Going to buy the gift for somebody who already owns the Kindle? Ebook subscription, book-scented candles, functional accessories, book jewelry and clothing, and more.

Keyboard case covers for Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets

8 best keyboard cases you can use with your Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet

A list of the best Samsung Galaxy Tab keyboard cases. Includes both cases for specific models and universal keyboard cases.

Best 50

Best t-shirts for book lovers

50 awesome literary t-shirts for book lovers

A selection of the coolest literary t-shirts that will help express how much you love books. Tees from Etsy, Zazzle, Threadless, Society6, CafePress, and Amazon.

50 best Nook cases and accessories you can get

50 best Nook cases and accessories to buy in 2017

Updated list of fashionable, well-designed Nook case covers and accessories. Nook GlowLight & GlowLight Plus, Nook Tab A 7.0, Nook Tab S2 8.0, and Nook Tab E 9.6.

Let's connect

Share a comment

If you want to discuss the topic or ask a question, please share this post on social media. Make sure to mention us!

You can also contact us directly. Find more details here.

Get free updates via email

Powered by MailChimp
You'll receive email digests on Fridays at 2pm GMT / 10am EST.