Mapping The London Tube, By Taste

James Wannerton, head of the UK Synaesthesia Association, has completed his nearly 50 year project to map the London Tube: by its tastes. Wannerton has experienced lifelong synaesthesia — an involuntary union of two or more senses that are ordinarily experienced discretely. For Wannerton, this means "lexical synaesthesia": for him, a consistent association with specific tastes that accompany the words at individual tube stops.

Mapping the London tube — by taste

The London Telegraph reports that the mapped flavours include familiar things like "apple pie, purple grapes, chicken soup and soft boiled egg" — but also such anomalies as "coal dust, putrid meat, burnt rubber, wet wool, pencil eraser, fuzzy felt and dried blood."

Mapping the London tube — by taste

[Images showing the complete London tube map, and a detail of five stops, including "roast lamb, warm semolina, fruit cake & dripping, and carrot," copyright James Wannerton and Transport for London.]

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