One way to learn more about London life is this fantastic website, the Londonist, and I highly recommend you follow them on Twitter or add them to your blog reader.
I enjoyed reading this article about how to save time when using the Victoria Line. My jouney each day involves catching the Northern line in the south, going to Stockwell and changing to the Victoria line until I get to Finsbury Park.
Other things I have learnt are
- You can often tell where the doors will open by looking at the white line along the platform, for where it looks slightly whiter (feet rubbing the dirt off!) As you become a more seasoned commuter, you will learn exactly where the doors open, always stay at the edge of the doors though so people can get off and you can be first on.
- For the best chance of a seat on the Northen Line at Stockwell, start your journey by going to the back of the Victoria train at Finsbury Park (the northern line platform is often packed and hard to walk down and missing one train means a 4 min wait until the next).
- For the maximum and best wifi experience on any train, sit at the back train.
- The wifi on the Northern Line is poor, well at least from Stockwell going south, and non existent at Clapham Common.
- But don't worry, once you get to the Victoria Line, it works great.
- For the best chance of a seat in the morning on the Vic Line at Stockwell, stand at the front of train. Although the platform is more packed, the train comes in empty. And if too many people in front of you, just wait for the next train - it will be a long in a minute!
- If your commute involves Kings Cross St Pancras this article by Buzz Feed, How to Win at Kings Cross Station... considering the potential for wasting a lot of time in the vortex of tunnels, this could come in useful.