GLOSS Issue 4 ( November / December 2017 ) - Page 65

F O O D The London Underground The world’s first underground railway, the London Underground, nicknamed the Tube is a public rapid transit system crisscrossing all over, and under, London and your experience to this city will remain incomplete until you have ridden the Tube. The system features 270 stations, spanning over 400km, and in spite of its name, only 45 per cent of the railway actually runs underground. Dubaians might naively think that the Tube cannot be all that different from the Metro system in Dubai but will be pleasantly surprised to find that the London Underground offers a unique experience of its own with 70 of its stations being housed in buildings that are on the Statutory Lost of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest for one. The Underground is also a huge part of pop culture and has been featured in many movies and TV shows including Skyfall, Tube Tales, Sherlock, and Neverwhere. In fact, the system has its own dedicated London Underground Film Office. Horror fanatics might find it interesting that rumours of the Tube’s hauntings persist to this day. Hyde Park The largest of the four Royal Parks, Hyde Park was established in 1536 by Henry VIII and opened to the public in 1637. Since the park has seen a multitude of historical events including duels among members of nobility and The Great Exhibition of 1851 for which Joseph Paxton’s the Crystal Palace was erected. A key feature of the park includes free speech demonstrations with many protests – the Chartists, the Reform League, the suffragettes – being held over the years. Hyde Park has also played host to several free rock concerts featuring groups such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Queen. Buckingham Palace The London residence and headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Buckingham Palace 59