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Five ways to celebrate the tube’s 150th birthday

Posted at 8:00 am, January 10, 2013 in Transport
Tube cat © flickr: Chubbster

All year round Londoner’s love to complain about the tube: engineering works, delays, signal failures, too hot, too, expensive, too many sweaty armpits, blah blah blah. But not today people! Yes, the first underground train may have hit the tracks yesterday but it was officially 150 years ago today that the doors were actually thrown open to the public. So why not do something to mark the occasion and celebrate this loveable underground rogue…

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1. Take a ride on the anniversary heritage steam train

If you want to see the anniversary pass in style, you might be wise to invest in a ticket for a prized spot on one of the heritage steam train trips this Jan 13 and 20. They aren’t cheap though, so if you don’t want to splash out but still want to get steamy IanVisits has compiled a good list of spots to see the train pass by.

National Baking Week cake tube map © Gary Morrisroe 2011

2. Bake a cake for your local station staff

You breeze by them every day and only really chat if your oyster card is freaking out but why not take this as a good opportunity to thank them for all their tireless work. Bake them a tubetastic cake like the one above, buy them some biscuits to have on their tea break or just wave as you go on your merry way.

Royal Mail tube anniversary stamps

3. Buy a tube stamp

Royal Mail are marking the occasion by releasing a set of awesome underground stamps. When was the last time you sent someone a letter? Exactly! These stamps are a good excuse as any to put pen to paper.

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4. Have a tube party/ pub crawl

Why not bring the party down under and have an old school circle line party to show the tube how much you love it. Or alternatively, pick a line and work out a pub crawl based on boozers near the stations. Yes it might be a Thursday in January when you’re skint/sober but heck, this is a special occasion!

5. Have a underground dinner party

Why not really push the boat out and have a whole dinner party on the tube. Just make sure you clean up your mess after.

Sonya Barber 

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