I'm a two times Guinness World Record Holder for travelling around the entire London Underground network in the fastest time possible, the first time between 2004-2006, the second time between 2013-2015.
I've made 27 attempts in total at going round the whole network, and they are all documented here with write-ups, photos and videos of them all.
We have so much information, facts, travels tips and hints about the London Underground that we thought we'd do something useful with it. 'We' is myself and Matthew Frost who have created Station Master - an App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
It tells you which is the best carriage and door exit point for every station, tells you what facilities (e.g. toilets) are at each stations, had accessibility information, and best of all - had 3D maps of every tube station on the network allowing you to visualise each station before you go there. It also won an award from TfL in their 2013 'Accessibility App' competition that they ran.
Based upon the experiences of traveling the tube, having the world record, not having it again and then trying to get it back, and everything else that I do on the tube - I created the stage show Tubespotting performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2014, as well as ad-hoc shows in London.
a spoken word/comedy/multimedia show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 called 'Tubespotting', details here.
Next performance: TBA (Summer 2016)
July 14th 2015 London Transprt Museum - Revised and updated version of the show
December 10th 2014 The Hen & Chickens Theatre, London
October 16th 2014 The Hen & Chickens Theatre, London
August 14th-22nd The Electric Circus, part of the PBH Free Fringe / Edinburgh Festival
July 23rd 2014 Edinburgh preview at the London Transport Museum
I'm a video producer by day and tube enthusiast by night.
So I thought I'd blend the two worlds together and have produced a series of videos for the Londonist website called 'Secrets Of The Underground.' where we take each tube line in turn and explore some of the history, secrets, and fun bits that you may not have known about that tube line.
They've had over three million collective views, and due to popular demand have now been released onto DVD, with updated versions of all the videos, which also contains:
- 20 minutes of extras and outtakes not in the original videos
- 12 minutes Abandoned Station video exploring some of London's lost tube stations
You can buy the DVD at the Londonist Online Shop
I've also produced an hour long documentary for the London Transport Museum called A&C to S.
It documents the last days of 'A' stock and 'C' stock trains as they were replaced between 2011-2014 by the new 'S' stock type trains, with interviews with the drivers and footage from both types of trains on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines.
You can buy this DVD from the London Transport Museum website here
Transport Museum Guide
I'm an official guide for the Hidden London series of tours that are organised by the London Transport Museum. We take you down into the depths of London to disused tube stations such as Aldwych, Down Street, Charing Cross and Euston.
You can sign up to the official LTM newsletter for advance warning of when new tours are coming up.
Using my guiding experience, and based about the Secrets of the Underground series on Youtube, I do walking tours around London roughly once a month pointing out the unusual, fun, secret and historical things about the Underground system.
Tours last 3 hours on a weekend afternoon, are child friendly and we often get a drink afterwards to discuss all things Underground!
I also occasionally do a special all day 'Abandoned Stations' tour, a walking tour on the streets of London that take you to many locations of old, abandoned, tube stations.
If you'd like to know when the next tour is taking place, please subscribe to my mailing list here to which I send out just ONE email a month to let you know, and it also mentions any other new tube videos, maps, or apps that I've made! They are really popular, and I answer people's emails in strict 'first come, first serve' order.
In the summer of 2009 I went on an ambitious road trip around the 48 'mainland' states of America (i.e. not Alaska or Hawaii) and drove to 48 places (one for each state) that shared a name with a place on the tube map - e.g. I visited White City in Kansas, Epping in Maine and Temple in Georgia - I called in Underground : USA
It was an intense 10 week experience that I blogged about at the time, as well as taking thousands of photos and producing online videos as I went.
After it all, I took the best photos and published them into a photobook.
It's a 130,000 word story of what happened, everything that went on between the tweets. The hour long documentary is also available to watch online here, and sometimes I give our DVD copies of it as prizes to compeitions that I run.
People often ask to 'come on Tube Challenges' with us (and we say no, as it would give our route away!) so we try to the next best and nicest thing - we organise charity attempts around the tube.
In April 2014, we did Walk the Tube, a group of 25 people traveling together to raise money for their own chosen charities. This followed on after us getting the record in 2013, and generating a lot of media interest from it, and the days events have been catagorised as Tube 26.
We did it again in 2015 (calling it 'Walk The Tube 2015') and are again doing it for a third time in April 2016.
Previously, back in 2005, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the tube in London on July 7th 2005, we organised a mass-participation tube challenge event with over 60 people starting together (but then splitting into small groups). We called it Tube Relief and it raised several thousands of pounds towards the official charity for the tragedy.
Tube Challenge Board Game
We're in the process of creating a board game based on the Tube Challenge, and is being produced in 2016 by Ginger Line Games, get in touch with them for more information.