Here’s Your Chance To Explore London’s Abandoned Tube Stations

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TfL’s ‘Hidden London’ tours of sealed-off tube stations are coming back later this year.

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The good people from the London Transport Museum are once again hosting exclusive, private tours of the tube network’s hidden bits. These only happen rarely – so read on for the full details if you want to take part.

This year, you can get a taste of WW2 history, exploring over a mile of deep-level bomb shelters beneath Clapham South station, and seeing how the long-closed Down Street station in Mayfair was used as an underground HQ for railway planners (and sometimes Churchill himself) during the height of the Blitz.

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You can also nose around disused parts of current stations, like the Jubilee area of Charing Cross (now used as a film set) and the warren of abandoned tunnels and shafts that lie behind locked doors at Euston underground.

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Above ground, the team are also hosting tours of the former TfL headquarters in ‘London’s first skyscraper’ at 55 Broadway, and the wilderness area around Highgate.

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The events come in a variety of formats, with a film screening in the Clapham shelters, an afternoon tea to follow your Down Street expedition and a special ‘photography’ tour at Euston, providing shutterbugs extra time to capture a year’s worth of #urbandecay shots in one go.

Tours are on various dates between September and December this year. Tickets are frankly jolly expensive (the Down Street tour is £85 for a 90 minute experience!) but they’ll probably go like hot cakes anyway – they’ll go on sale to LTM’s newsletter subscribers on Tuesday, July 11 (sign up for that here) and everyone else on Wednesday, July 12.

Visit the London Transport Museum website for more details – and this guide by IanVisits is good too.

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