If you can overcome the feeling of being a tourist in your own home (although not literally in your own home, obviously, I mean that would be silly. Unless you’re the Queen or something), then I would thoroughly recommend the Jack The Ripper walking tour that I went on last night. The experience rather reminded me of one of those history programmes you see on BBC2 at about 7.30 in the evening, but without the reconstructions and Simon Schama. It wasn’t much of a walk, admittedly, probably covering less than half a mile over the course of the hour and a half tour, but the commentary provided a good overview of something I personally knew little about.

It was also interesting to see how the contrast between the City and the East End – just a few streets from each other – is still very much in evidence.

And while I’m on the subject of learning about London, this flash tube map, showing Harry Beck’s original 1933 design, the current map and the geographical location of the stations in zone 1, is well worth checking out. (Although I suspect that, even here, the geographical map is taking slight liberties with reality for the purposes of design – either that or the drivers on the circle line have to do a couple of nifty handbrake turns to get round those corners).

UPDATE: Pete Alerts me to this image, which shows the rest of the tube map as it really is. Look at how far Hounslow and Oakwood are from each other…