James Wannerton, a 54-year-old systems analyst from Blackpool, has a neurological condition called synaesthesia which enables him to taste words he reads or hears.
Wannerton thinks Baker Street is the tastiest Underground station while Bond Street is the nastiest Tube station.
Describing Baker Street station he said:
“Baker Street is lovely. The best way to describe it is crusty and sweet, like jam roly-poly but slightly burnt. It has got loads of different tastes and textures. I love getting off there.”
And describing nasty Bond Street Station, he said:
“Bond Street tastes like hair spray, metallic and slightly bitter. You know when someone is spraying their hair and you breath in and taste some of it? It is like that.”
Wannerton compared King’ Cross Tube station’s taste to that of a “moist Dundee cake without the almond bits. Or a rich fruit cake with lumps of fruit in.”
However St Paul’s produced “the mouthfeel and nasal taste of sprouts…a soft, mushy, horrible flavour.”
Explaining how he detects tastes, Wannerton said, “It is incredibly consistent. These tastes and textures never change.
“All I did was traverse the underground lines. It was very natural and involuntary; when the taste popped up I made a note of it.”