This is post number six in the ongoing #mapgasm series of posts on maps found on the interwebs that I like. Yes, it’s another map. Yes, it’s another Tube map. I make no apologies for this.

A simple map is often a good map. Cutting away cartographical clutter can reveal the heart of what a map is trying to show. But sometimes you can maybe take the map pruning just a little bit too far. Take the map of the London Underground; surely one of the simplest and more effective maps there is. Surely there’s not much scope for making it any simpler?

So Hugh Grant is Notting Hill Gate. Dinosaurs is South Kensington. France is King’s Cross St. Pancras and Wax Celebs is Baker Street. But the meaning of XXL eludes me. What is it at Waterloo or Southwark stations that justifies the Extra Extra Large tag?

A tip of the hat goes to Jonathan Raper for spotting this in Adam Lilley’s Tweet-stream.

Written and posted from home (51.427051, -0.333344)
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A self-professed map addict, Gary has worked in the mapping and location space for over 20 years through a combination of luck and occasional good judgement. Gary is co-founder of Malstow Geospatial, which provides handmade, professional geospatial consulting. A Fellow of the RGS, he tweets about maps, writes about them and even makes them.


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Andrew Zolnai said ...

XXL is near the OXO tower perhaps, itself a subversive item of its day for certes (couldn't post bills so they built it into the architecture, I was told), a stretch but...

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intentionally left blank said ...

XXL is a nightclub at Southwark


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