Julian Gratton

London Underground and its Alternative Signs

The London Underground can be a lonely soul destroying experience. There are rules everywhere plastered all over the carriages, endless announcements with excuses of why the tube train is delayed or why you can't alight at a certain station... and if that isn't enough, everyone is really unfriendly!

The London Underground can be a lonely soul destroying experience. There are rules everywhere plastered all over the carriages, endless announcements with excuses of why the tube train is delayed or why you can’t alight at a certain station… and if that isn’t enough, everyone is really unfriendly!

In an attempt to make light of the experience and add a little humour into a mundane journey, some quite inventive guerrilla artists have been putting alternative signs inside carriages and on the platforms.

Some are wonderfully thought through, and I’m sure that if you saw them when stuffed inside a cramped carriage they’d succeed in brightening up your day. It would be nice to think that in future the Mayor of London could follow their lead and add some humour into their public safety and announcement signs.

I’ve collected as many as I could find into the gallery below, let me know what your favourites are in the comment box at the botom… or post links to any others you find.