Tube maps have been part of London life since the birth of the Underground in 1863. Here is a pocket map from 1908.

Tunnel vision: a history of the London tube map

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, steps off the new S7 train running on the Metropolitan line.

Baby on board: Pregnant Kate creases up with laughter after being handed badge on Tube as she joins Queen and Prince Philip for 150th anniversary celebrations

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Baker Street Tube Station in London to mark anniversary of the London Underground. Picture date: Wednesday March See PA story ROYAL Tube.

Women sorting through tube tickets to find out the least and most frequently used routes.The information gathered was used to help develop plans to expand the network.

8 March Some of the four million tickets collected from London Underground passengers are examined in a survey by London Transport to discover the most and least used routes to help future infrastructure development

An air warden checks on children sleeping in hammocks in a London Underground station during the Blitz.

The London Underground in Wartime An air-raid warden check on children sleeping in hammocks strung between the rail lines at an undisclosed underground station Picture: REX FEATURES

Helping London grow for the future. We've been serving London since 1863 and our continuing improvements will help you get around for the next 150 years.

TfL: "Helping London grow for the future. We've been serving London since 1863 and our continuing improvements will help you get around for the next 150 years.

Helping London grow for the future. We've been serving London since 1863 and our continuing improvements will help you get around for the next 150 years. #Tube150

TfL: "Helping London grow for the future. We've been serving London since 1863 and our continuing improvements will help you get around for the next 150 years.

The Tube has always been a popular location for films. This is a still from the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.

007 Days of Bond: The secrets behind Bond action scenes

From Roger Moore jumping off a mountain with a union jack parachute to Daniel Craig's freerunning chase in 'Casino Royale', Bond films are famed for the their epic action sequences.

The Queen being shown the new S7 trains that run on the Metropolitan line.

Baby on board: Pregnant Kate creases up with laughter after being handed badge on Tube as she joins Queen and Prince Philip for 150th anniversary celebrations

Seal of approval: The Queen inspects a brand new train during her visit to Baker Street Station

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