With foreign travel still precarious for many Brits, London has emerged as a must-visit destination for families on their summer holidays.
And keeping kids entertained is arguably the number one challenge facing parents this summer, which is why Sadiq Khan has teamed up with five little helpers to redesign the iconic London Tube map.
The new-look map will help Londoners, young and old, locate the best family activities the capital has to offer, including; ZSL London Zoo, Sketch on the Square by the National Gallery and dodgems at Somerset House.
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The new London Underground map, made by kids for kids
(Image: Let’s Do London)
Following a hotly contested competition, five lucky kids – Maya, 8, Elliott, 9, Mateo, 9, Narumukai, 10, and Neveah 11 – attended a summit at City Hall in July to help select a raft of thrilling, family-friendly activities in the heart of the capital to be featured on the map.
The unique and vibrant guide invites families across London and nationwide to plan a day trip, mini-break or a longer staycation in the country’s biggest playground.
Children under 11 travel free across London with a fare-paying adult.
The new map has removed all the confusing Tube stations and the multitude of overlapping lines for a clean, simple to navigate guide with pictures of London’s best attractions.
In a statement Sadiq Khan said: “After a long period which has seen children, in particular, miss out on so much fun and play due to the pandemic, there’s no time like the present to explore our city and enjoy all the fun and accessible activities London has to offer families this summer.”
“The young Mayors of Play were tasked with helping me showcase the very best of family fun in London, and I’m delighted with the outcome of their hard work. This reimagined edition of our iconic Tube map showcases the breadth of the capital’s offering through the eyes of little Londoners – it’s for kids, by kids.”
“With 70 per cent of families struggling to keep their children entertained during the school holidays, London – with its abundance of free things to do and exciting places to see – is an ideal holiday destination this summer and beyond.”
We’ve created a Facebook group for people who travel on London’s bus, rail, Underground, Overground and DLR services.
We will keep you informed about the latest news that affects your daily commute to work, as well as at the weekend.
We’ll also let you know in advance if there are any roadworks, railworks or closures you should know about, or if there are any problems on the city’s tube network.
Join the group here.
The reimagined Tube map features top attractions as voted for by children as part of the research and the Mayors of Play:
- COVENT GARDEN: London Transport Museum
- LEICESTER SQUARE: Kids Week – theatre activities
- REGENT’S PARK: ZSL London Zoo
- WATERLOO: The London Eye
- CHARING CROSS: Sketch on the Square
- LONDON BRIDGE: UNIQLO Tate Play (Tate Modern)
- HOLBORN: Dodge: Dodgems at Somerset House (Somerset House)
- GLOUCESTER ROAD: Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A
- NOTTING HILL GATE: Sherlock; The Official Outdoor Game
- PICCADILLY CIRCUS: Art of London – augmented reality gallery
- Across multiple London locations – Inflatable Eyes over London
- Across multiple London locations – Play London, Formula Fun Fortnight