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29/11/21


Explore London's Abandoned Tube Stations

Going on the tube is probably the least inspiring part of your day, but there’s something about an abandoned underground station that has instant appeal.

Filled with faded movie posters, mysterious passageways and vintage signs, these tunnels and ticket halls lay undisturbed and closed off to the public for decades, before the London Transport Museum reopened them… and then had to close them again for the past 18 months.

But now they’ve restored good service to these lines with their Hidden London tours; pulling back the gates on these stations and leading a lucky few down into the subterranean warrens that once bustled with commuters.

Hidden London Underground Tours

Tickets are about to go back on sale for five of their in-person tours, including:

  • Charing Cross, which ran on the Jubilee Line until 1999 and whose disused platforms have since provided the set for Skyfall and Killing Eve;
  • Euston, home to even more tunnels than you might realise, and whose Edwardian ticket hall (closed off for over a century) is about to be knocked down;
  • Moorgate, which has a maze of secret tunnels tucked away from public view and a huge tunnelling shield kept in place from its time burrowing below ground;
  • Down Street, a forgotten station that was only in use for 25 years, but sheltered Winston Churchill at the height of the Blitz; and
  • Aldwych, which, after dwindling passenger numbers, officially closed in 1994 and is filled with stories spanning WWII to Sherlock.

hidden london abandoned tube tunnel

Each tour is led by a guide well-versed in the tunnels’ mysteries, from unexpected anecdotes to architectural quirks, and every station is filled with hints of history, with scraps of old advertising, art deco tiling and bomb shelter signs adorning their walls.

Tickets for Hidden London tours sell out very quickly after they’re released, so it’s worth choosing your station (and even creating an account) in advance.

After all, you don’t want to miss the bus on this one.

 

NOTE: Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 3rd December, but if you sign up to their mailing list you can get 24h presale access. You can find out more about the Hidden London tours, and book tickets, right HERE.


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