Explore the hidden world of London’s Underground
News & Updates / September 10, 2019
Ever wondered what goes on behind the long corridors and tunnels on London’s Underground? Now’s your chance to find out. Head down to Covent Garden and visit the London Transport Museum where a fascinating new exhibition highlights the secrets of the Underground’s hidden world. Hidden London can be seen between October 11 and January 2020. Booking a stay at serviced apartments Mayfair London would be the best option for a family break and explore London’s underground.
As the oldest subterranean railway in the world, the London Underground has a lot of secret spaces, and unknown stories to tell. Tucked away beneath our feet are miles of tunnels, station complexes, lifts, and staircases. In recent years, new stations have been opened – but there are also many of which have not seen customers for years. Aldwych station is a good example – it has been closed for a long time but is frequently used by film crews wanting an atmospheric underground setting.
Hidden London offers insights into the secrets of the Underground. Admire rarely seen archive photographs and vintage posters. Find out why King William Station was quickly abandoned after its construction in 1900. Not many people are aware that there was once a Down Street station in Mayfair. It became a very secret destination due to its role in WW2 as a secret bunker, safe from air raids and was often used by Winston Churchill. The facilities were surprisingly comfortable too as the recreated dining room from the bunker reveals! Chairs and tables are laid out with menu cards, place settings, and wine bottles. It was a far cry from the life experienced by thousands of ordinary Londoners crammed onto the platforms and corridors, sheltering from the bombs each night.
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Why not try your skills at being a wartime telephone operator in the recreated telephone exchange? You need to be quick to race against the clock when connecting incoming callers with various government departments.
For those who want to know more, you can book a special Hidden London tour at www.ltmuseum.co.uk. These guided tours offer an incredible opportunity to actually visit some of the forgotten tunnels or go behind the scenes at places like Down Street, Euston or Aldwych. Some of the tours are combined with various complimentary film screenings involving films that were made on site.
You can even visit a former deep-level WW2 shelter at Clapham South with a wonderful family stay at any of the self catering apartments in London. With over a mile of passageways and tunnels, it provided shelter for thousands of people not just during the war but also Caribbean migrants arriving on the Empire Windrush and thrifty visitors to the 1950’s Festival of Britain!