16 — 24 Sept 2023
Architecture / Landscape, Craft, Digital, Graphic Design & Visual Communications, Multi-Disciplinary Design, Urban Design
Different stations and places in London
You could start at Tottenham Court Road Station
Transport for London is joining London Design Festival with a trail, exploring its long history of innovation, design, architecture and public art. The trail highlights places to visit and things to do to better understand how TfL’s design legacy has shaped London's identity over centuries.
Download TfL Go, our innovative new travel app for London, to find the stations and places of the trail on our live Tube map. Russell Square & Holloway Road Leslie Green was an architect known for his distinctive stations on the Underground in central and inner London in the early 1900s. Green's signature architectural features included oxblood-coloured tiles, moulded detailing and spacious arches on the outside and green-tiled, florally designed ticket halls. Gants Hill, Cockfosters and Oakwood From the 1920s to the 1940s, architect Charles Holden played a major role in shaping the appearance of London, transforming Tube stations from uninspired holes in the wall to bright, welcoming beacons of modernity. They are now recognised as among the finest British commercial architecture of their time. Paddington, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf Elizabeth Line stations The Elizabeth line opened in May 2022, as a new type of railway for London on a scale never seen before. 10 of its 41 stations are brand new, designed by nine different international architecture studios. The buildings reflect the environment and heritage of each local area, but with an overall vision and an awareness of London Transport’s design history, thanks to Julian Robinson, head of architecture for the line. Wallace Sewell Visit the Wallace Sewell shop in Clerkenwell to discover how the distinctive TfL moquettes were designed, with a special display for London Design Festival featuring sketches, initial ideas, and working swatches. Wallace Sewell are the designers behind many of TfL’s moquettes, including for the Overground, the Bakerloo and Elizabeth Line. Wallace Sewell designed the iconic 'Barman' design depicting the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and Tower Bridge, on the Northern, Central, Jubilee and Piccadilly lines and in 2022, Wallace Sewell designed an exclusive Tube 160 collection, for the London Transport Museum. Tottenham Court Road The mosaics at Tottenham Court Road are an enduring legacy to the work of Paolozzi. They reflect the artist’s interpretation of the local area and his wider interest in mechanisation. Cogs, pistons and wheels whirr through the station. Cameras, saxophones and electronics reference the music and technical shops of Soho. Egyptian images were inspired by the nearby British Museum, and butterflies are included as the artist’s recollection of long-disappeared Turkish baths. A major upgrade of Tottenham Court Road station in 2008, created a new series of entrances and a new ticket hall. Daniel Buren was commissioned to mark the various spaces with his signature geometric patterns. Circles, stripes and diamonds repeat over walls and glass, in monochrome and colour measuring out the physical space of the vast ticket hall. Edgware Road Jacqueline Poncelet's ‘Wrapper’ (2012), surrounds the Transport for London substation next to Edgware Road, Circle line. Created in vitreous enamel, the work dresses the building in a grid of patterns. Each pattern relates to a different part of the local area and was made in response to the images and ideas that Poncelet developed through her extensive research. Brixton The Brixton Underground station entrance features large-scale public art commissions by contemporary artists. Visit the Art on the Underground website for information about the latest installation. TfL Go live map Download TfL Go for an innovative live map and learn about its design at https://blog.tfl.gov.uk/2021/09/07/pinch-swipe-tap.