TfL’s ‘Hidden London’ tours of sealed-off tube stations return next month, and tickets go on sale this Friday.
The good people from the London Transport Museum are once again hosting exclusive, private tours of the tube network’s hidden bits. These Hidden London tours only happen rarely – so read on for the full details if you want to take part.
Already on sale are tickets for the mile of deep-level bomb shelters beneath Clapham South station, with tours running until September 16th. Come October, you can get a taste of WW2 history by 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.
Returning to the Hidden London roster this autumn is Aldwych station, which has had a second life as a film set since being closed in 1994. Above ground, the team are also hosting tours of the former TfL headquarters in ‘London’s first skyscraper’ at 55 Broadway.
They’re also continuing their Station Architecture tours, where visitors can uncover the architectural principles behind the Fairlop Loop (now part of the Central line), and the iconic stations designed by Leslie Green and Charles Holden.
Tours will take place between October and December this year and, although they’re jolly expensive (the Down Street tour is £85!), tickets will probably go like hot cakes anyway. If you’re a subscriber to London Transport Museum’s newsletter, you’ve got priority booking. Otherwise, general tickets go on sale at 10:00 on Friday 7th September, with Clapham South tour tickets available now.
Visit the London Transport Museum website for more details.