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Hidden London: go on a tour of a disused tube station and the city's secret tunnels

Hidden London: go on a tour of a disused tube station and the city's secret tunnels
Rob Greig

Forget Big Ben or the London Eye, the real sights of this city are underground – and we don't mean on the tube. The London Transport Museum is putting on another round of its hugely popular Hidden London tours, where you'll be able to nose around a deep-level World War II shelter in Clapham and the disused Down Street station where Prime Minister Winston Churchill held cabinet war meetings and took refuge during the Blitz.

They've also added two new locations, including the tunnels below Euston station and London’s first skyscraper at St. James’s Park, if you fancy coming up for air. Tickets go on sale on April 20, but if you're really keen, you can bag yourself priority booking by signing up to the London Transport Museum newsletter by 11.59pm on April 18.

Tour start on May 7. Book tickets here.

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Comments

5 comments
Bonnie W Tastemaker

Due to the popularity of the Hidden London tours, I had to book 6 months in advance in order to tour the disused tunnels within Euston Station. I think I was underwhelmed by the tour because of the amount of hype around them and the anticipation of waiting so long to actually go on the tour. I did find it interesting but at £35 each for an hour and fifteen minute tour, I had been expecting more. We went behind a disused station facade which now houses a ventilation shaft, then we got to see old interchange tunnels in Euston Station which were closed in 1965 when the Victoria line opened, as well as more underground ventilation shafts. The most interesting part for me was seeing the old posters and signs in the interchange that had been there for 50 years. The tour guides were enthusiastic and at the end we were given a booklet to recap what we had seen. It is definitely a good opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the tube network but I had expected to see more during the tour.

Paula_ToT_

This is a very interesting tour of a disused underground station with a lot of history.  This was Churchill’s secret station and there is some evidence to suggest he had a special bunker built for him at the station and slept there during the Blitz - we wait to see if this is corroborated.  The station is beautifully designed and worth a look.  The tour guides were also great and extremely knowledgeable.  However, I think the £75 price tag is very expensive for what you get.

bext45 Tastemaker

I am somewhat of a Tube nerd so the opportunity to go down deep into subterranean London with the Transport Museum was hugely appealing. What you’re not going to see on this tour is a disused tube station but something far more interesting, and in my opinion, mind-blowing. Dubbed as ‘Hidden London’ tours what you experience is just that. Who knew a Clapham South had over a mile of subterranean passageways under the Northern Line? I didn’t. Built during the Second World War to shelter Londoners from the Blitz after tube stations were deemed unsafe. Taking two years to build they weren’t completed until after the end of the Blitz but became working shelters during the doodlebugs raids in 1944. The shelter could hold 12,000 people in rows upon rows of bunkbeds which are still in place to this day. So is the glorious 1940s signage directing you to different parts of the shelters.

I could go on and spoil every detail revealed on the tour but I won’t because you should go and discover it all for yourself. Access to the tunnels is 181 steps down which also means 181 steps back up to ground level (my legs had a good workout). Tickets are £35 per person, which is expensive, but for me ultimately worth it. I’m now desperate to do the other tours on offer.

Julie R Tastemaker

Would love to visit Down Street Station and the Euston Tunnels.  I work in London's first skyscraper, so no need for me to pay to go and visit, but it is a very interesting building and definitely worth a look.

Helen D

ooh - used to play in the tunnels under euston 40 years ago!!! they were almost derelict then.......