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