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 returning this month, and tickets go on sale this Friday.

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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 summer, 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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They’re also adding a new set of Station Architecture tours, where visitors can uncover the architectural principles behind the Piccadilly line extension, the Fairlop Loop (now part of the Central line), and many more.

Tours will take place between April and September this year and, although they’re jolly expensive (the Down Street tour is £85!), tickets will probably go like hot cakes anyway. London Transport Museum’s newsletter subscribers get priority booking (just as long as they sign up before 23:59 on Tuesday 3rd April – so quick! Sign up for that here). Otherwise, general tickets go on sale at 10:00 on Friday 6th April.

Visit the London Transport Museum website for more details. 

Guy Parsons

Guy Parsons

Guy is the editor-in-chief of Secret London. He likes running, cover versions and scotch.

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