When you think of travelling around London, we’re sure that you conjure up images of jumping on and off the Tube, just like the thousands of others who travel on the Underground tube stations of London every day.
There are dozens of Tube stations that are dispersed throughout the whole city and they will take you to explore some of the most exciting sights and sounds of the Big Smoke.
Although this is something that everyone knows about the London Underground, what you might not realise is that there are a whole host of Tube stations that are now abandoned. Underneath the city, there are tube-shaped caves that were once as frequently populated as the rest of the network but now, for one reason or another, they’re shut off.
These are hidden away from the rest of the city, but they’re not out of reach, as there are lots of tours that you can take to explore the mystery of their abandonment.
London Transport Museum announces these tours and it’s from there or the attraction’s website that you’ll need to pick up tickets.
This is easily one of the busiest stations in London, and in a city like this that’s really saying something. Euston is not only a thoroughfare for people who are dashing on and off the Tube, it’s also where people go for their National Rail links – so keep this in mind when you’re going for the tour.
Join the organisers from London Transport Museum, as they take you through the station’s history from its very humble beginnings to its massive standing now. They’ll be showing you a series of lost tunnels, which act as a vintage collection of times gone by thanks to the vintage advertising poster fragments that have been underground for more than 50 years.
The tour is on between 22nd September and 30th October from Thursday to Sunday every week at various times throughout the day.
Clapham South deep-level shelter
During the Second World War, many deep-level shelters were created in London Underground stations. They provided an excellent source of protection from air raids and hundreds of people came to this one in Clapham South to seek safety from the Blitz.
Since July 1944, this shelter has been open to the public and you can roam over a mile of passageways that tell stories of London and Caribbean migrants who arrived here after coming on the Empire Windrush.
Clapham is in east London, which houses some of the trendiest bars and restaurants you’ll find in the city. Not only this, but you’ll also find the digital and tech industry here along with M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City hotel.
To get from the hotel to the deep-level shelter, simply walk three minutes to Old Street Station and take the Northern line for 21 minutes to Clapham South Station.
Churchill’s War Rooms
This last one is probably one of the most famous hidden tourist spots in London, quite possibly due to Winston Churchill himself.
It was from here that Churchill and his cabinet made their plans during WWII and often this is where he addressed the public over the wireless.
You’ll find the war rooms near Downing Street, which served a short life as a train station from 1907 to 1932, but it was after this that it became critical to winning the Second World War.
Transforming the station from a place of travel to a strategy bunker was a covert job and was undertaken by the Railway Executive Committee. When you go to see it, we’re sure that you’ll be astounded at the maze of narrow tunnels that constitute these rooms and will doubtless be in awe that so much managed to happen from this confined space.
Amazingly, this is also where Prime Minister Churchill also sought his refuge at the height of the bombing Blitz during the way.
To get your chance to see this amazing space, take the Northern line from Old Street Station for six minutes to London Bridge Station, then change to the Jubilee line and ride it for five minutes and you’re there.
Bear in mind that you will have to walk a few minutes to change lines and the Jubilee line runs much deeper than most of the others on the Underground circuit, so the whole travel time should be about 25 minutes.
The tours at the War Rooms are open Wednesday through Sunday every week and will be running until 11th September. They will restart between 24th November and 18 December, will be closed for the rest of the year and will reopen between 11th January and 5th March 2017.