What's The Best Seat On The Tube?

Photo by Ged Dackys from the Londonist Flickr pool.
Photo by Ged Dackys from the Londonist Flickr pool.

Most of the time we’re packed into an Underground carriage and will take any seat we can get. But what about those halcyon moments when we’re greeted by an empty carriage and a plethora of locations to posit our derrieres? Maybe you’re travelling off-peak; maybe you live at the end of a line and this is an everyday occurrence? Whatever the case, there are seats aplenty.

But which seat is the best to pick? There are so many factors to take into consideration. Let us take you through them and explore the many facets of this conundrum.

The priority seat

It’s the obvious choice. Nearest the exit, only have to sit next to one person and a nice glass panel to lean against. But it’s rightly there for those less able to stand. So we run the risk of being required to give it up once the train is heaving and there are no other seats available. Now we stand when once we lorded over all our seating possibilities.

The second one in

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England's first double-decker hydrogen buses to launch in London

The only direct emission of the new bus is water
The only direct emission of the new bus is water

England's first fleet of hydrogen powered double-decker buses are set to be introduced in London.

Twenty of the vehicles, which produce no pollution from their exhausts, will serve the number 7 route between East Acton and Oxford Circus.

Transport for London already has more than 500 electric buses in its fleet as it aims to be zero-emission by 2030.

The new buses can be charged once a day within five minutes and the only direct by-product is water.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "We have made real progress in London to clean up our air, but we still have a long way to go because toxic air pollution in our city is still leading to thousands of premature deaths every year and is stunting the growth of children's lungs. 

"Our investment in these hydrogen buses is not only helping us to clean up London's air, but is supporting jobs and local economics across the UK."

THE AGE OF THE ICONIC ROUTEMASTER RED LONDON BUS IS OFFICIALLY OVER

The Red Routemaster Red London Buses are a London icon. Even after they ended their regular services over a decade ago, the allure and fame of the bus has continued. In a bid to respect this heritage Transport for London kept a few going on ‘heritage’ routes in Central London so tourists and enthusiasts could still ride them. Now, those days are officially over.

The heritage routes were stopped during the COVID-19 Outbreak, and it appears that they simply will not be resuming when London opens back up completely.

Someone filed a Freedom of Information request with Transport for London to find out the status of the buses – you can read the whole thing here – but the key bit of information is here:

"We discontinued with the 15H for reasons including falling ridership on the Central London network and because it is the only part of the fleet that does not provide step-free access. The buses have a high step up to the rear platform and cannot be accessed by wheelchair users and with a difficulty by those with mobility issues. The heritage service on route 15H is not required for capacity purposes and does not provide any unique links."

This was basically the reason they were initially withdrawn from service years ago, but they were kept around for tourists (they designed a ‘new’ Routemaster that is accessible but it doesn’t have nearly the enthusiasm as the old buses). Now, it appears they’re leaning into the accessibility reason for the excuse to stop them altogether.

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Portraits Of Henry VIII And The Women In His Life Vs. What They'd Look Like Today

History can be fascinating, but how do you relate to historical figures who inhabited such vastly different time periods? We can picture the lives, daily struggles, and in some cases even the internal monologues of famous historical figures, but when we try to see the figures themselves, all we have to go on are stuffy descriptions, old portraits (if we're lucky), and maybe a Hollywood actor's portrayal. One artist is helping to fix that.

Becca Saladin runs Royalty Now, and her passion for art, history, design, and Photoshop is bringing history to life for thousands of followers on social media. Becca says she modernizes portraits of people from the past so that "we can learn about the past with a little more empathy for the figures involved."

These portraits bring us a step closer to relating to the women in the life of Henry VIII, as well as the king himself, and reveal what they may have looked like in a modern context. These portraits, and more of Becca Saladin's work, can be found on the Royalty Now Instagram and Etsy store. You can see the process behind the portraits on her YouTube channel.

Catherine Of Aragon

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