Here at Secret London, we sure do love a bit of transport talk. Tubes, trains, buses, bikes; you name it, we’ve written (and had an extensive conversation) about it. So, you can imagine how enthusiastic we are about the London Transport Museum – and more specifically, their Hidden London tours. I mean, who doesn’t love discovering hidden gems of London’s historic Transport Network?
Luckily for us (and our fellow transport-lovers), the ever-so popular Hidden London tours will be returning to the capital at the start of 2024, and you can secure your space as early as tomorrow (November 8). Yippee!
What is a Hidden London tour?
The historical experts over at the London Transport Museum have curated these fascinating tours based on the museums extensive archive and collection. The exclusive tours will uncover the whats, whys and whens of some forgotten London locations. You’ll be taken along by expert guides, learning interesting facts by the bucket-load as you go. A variety of tours are running from January 10 until the end of March, each giving a unique glimpse into London’s history.
Granting visitors behind-the-scenes access to locations on the transport network that are usually closed to the public, Hidden London tours were voted ‘Best Hidden Gem in the World‘ at the Tiqets Remarkable Venue Awards last year. So they’re certainly doing something right, hey?
What tours are on offer?
There will be seven in-person tours on offer, ensuring that there’s something for everybody to enjoy. Discover deserted passageways and original design details of Piccadilly Circus station or explore the exclusive (and usually, no-entry) areas of Charing Cross. Be transported back in time at Baker Street and adventure into the disused parts of London’s first underground station. Uncover a labyrinth of dark and dusty passageways in Euston, unveil the secrets of Shepherd’s Bush, or head underground to the subterranean WWII shelters, built deep beneath the streets of Clapham South.
A virtual tour, retracing the 160-year history of the London Underground will also be taking place and a new experience will be available; combining a tour of Piccadilly Circus with a delicious meal at the Hard Rock Café.
If all that still leaves you wanting more, super-fans can also subscribe to Hidden London Hangouts, a regular series hosted on London Transport Museum’s YouTube channel. Watch as the series takes viewers behind the scenes of some of the Hidden London tours, as they explore various nooks and crannies of the transport system and share their thoughts and findings. Count me in.
Find out more and book your Hidden London tour here.