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Attention all Londoners and tourists alike! The London Transport Museum is set to launch a new and exciting tour of the Holborn Tube station. This tour promises to take visitors behind the scenes, exploring the station’s expansive disused areas that have remained concealed from the public for nearly 30 years!

Led by an expert tour guide, visitors will have the chance to explore the two closed platforms of the former Aldwych branch, as well as enjoy an unexpected view of the Piccadilly line with its vintage posters, original Leslie Green Edwardian design, and an early 20th-century signaling cabin.

The tour will also cover the station’s history, revealing how its disused spaces were used in surprising ways over the years, including as scientific laboratories, providing shelter for London Transport staff in wartime, and even housing a model rail club. Visitors will also learn about the station’s role during the Blitz and the modernization project of the 1930s that led to the closure of the nearby British Museum station.

Tickets for the Hidden London tours at Holborn will be available starting from 31 July 2024, running from Wednesday to Sunday each week. The cost of each ticket is £45, with concessions available. For those interested in other Hidden London tours of disused Tube stations and secret spaces on the Underground network, additional dates are now available.

It’s worth noting that profits generated from Hidden London tours will help fund the London Transport Museum’s charitable activities as an education and heritage charity. These activities include igniting children’s curiosity about the world of transport and STEM, delivering employability and skills programs for young people, and heritage conservation work.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of Holborn Tube station and learn about the fascinating history of the London Underground!

Here’s a list of all the tours available to book from today.

Baker Street: The World’s First Underground

Step into a historical journey at one of the oldest underground railway stations in the world. Hear what the very first Victorian passengers thought of underground travel and explore closed-off parts of the station including original platforms and corridors that lay hidden in plain sight – some of which last accessed by the public over 75 years ago.

Dates:  Selected Wednesdays to Sundays in April, May, August and September 2024

Tickets: Adult £45, Concessions £42

Piccadilly Circus: The Heart of London 

Discover the secret side of Piccadilly Circus, London’s busiest station throughout the roaring twenties. Behind secret doors you’ll see deserted passageways, and original Edwardian design features, and you will learn about the successive layers of renovations that were undertaken to adjust to Londoners’ needs over the last century. 

Dates: Selected Wednesdays to Sundays in May, June, and September 2024

TicketsAdult tickets £45; Concession £42

Piccadilly Circus Tour & Lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe

This packaged experience combines the tour of Piccadilly Circus with a delicious lunch at famous Hard Rock Café Piccadilly Circus, where guests will be surrounded by a world of music and iconic memorabilia. There will be a choice of main courses including burgers, sandwiches and salads to enjoy, accompanied by a tasty Chocolate brownie and a range of soft beverages.

Dates: Selected Wednesdays to Sundays in May, June, September 2024

TicketsAdult tickets £70; Concession £67

Clapham South: Subterranean Shelter

Step back in time to the dark days of the Second World War and discover a secret labyrinth of underground passageways built to accommodate over 8,000 people. The tour also shares the stories of the first Caribbean migrants who temporarily lived there after having arrived on the HMT Empire Windrush, making it their first home in Britain.

Dates: Selected Wednesdays to Sundays in May and June 2024

TicketsAdult tickets £38; Concession £35

Down Street: Churchill’s Secret Station

Enjoy rare access into one of London’s most intriguing spaces, hidden between the Piccadilly line tracks in Mayfair. Down Street had a short life as a working station but was covertly transformed into the Railway Executive Committee’s bomb-proof headquarters during the Second World War. Experience the warren of narrow tunnels where the nation’s railways were coordinated, and where Prime Minister Winston Churchill secretly took refuge at the height of the Blitz.

Dates: Selected Wednesdays to Sundays in April, May, June, July, August and September 2024

TicketsAdult tickets £90; Concession £85

Down Street and Luxury Cocktail & Nibbles at The Flemings Hotel

Running every Friday and Saturday at 17.30, from 28 July to 24 September

Tickets: Adult tickets £105 / Concession £100

Once the tour finishes, head to nearby hotel Flemings Mayfair, a cosy, glamorous space full of secluded corners and 1930s flair where spies were once rumoured to meet.

There you will enjoy ‘Darkest Hour,’ a Churchill-themed cocktail designed specifically for the occasion and exclusively available to Hidden London guests, accompanied by tasty nibbles.

Over 14s only. Alcoholic drinks can only be served to over 18s. Non-alcoholic alternatives are available.

Aldwych: The End of the Line

Opened to the public in 1907, Aldwych was never as heavily used as originally intended and closed nearly 100 years later in 1994. The station has had a varied history; from providing shelter to Londoners during the Blitz, to being used for film and TV shoots including The ABC Murders (2018), Darkest Hour (2017), Sherlock (2014), and Atonement (2007). Explore the original ticket hall and lifts and discover abandoned platforms and inter-connecting walkways.

Dates: Selected Wednesdays to Sundays in April, July, and August 2024

TicketsAdult tickets £45; Concession £42

Charing Cross: Access all areas

Walk under Trafalgar Square as you explore exclusive areas of Charing Cross station that are not accessible to the public. This tour will take you to disused parts of the station, including the Jubilee line platforms that were closed in 1999 but which you may recognise from many famous movies and TV productions since, including Skyfall (2012), Paddington Bear (2013), and TV’s Killing Eve (2019) and A Spy Among Friends (2022).

Dates:  Selected Wednesdays to Sundays in June and July 2024

TicketsAdult tickets £45; Concession £42

PLUS: Charing Cross & Classic Afternoon Tea at The Clermont

Combine your Charing Cross tour with a quintessentially British afternoon tea at beautiful The Clermont, one of London’s greatest railway hotels, to enjoy tea complete with scones, finger sandwiches and homemade treats.  

Dates: Running Fridays and Sunday at 14.35, in June and July 2024

Tickets: Adult £80, Concessions £77

Euston: The Lost Tunnels

Explore a century of the station’s history, from its humble beginnings on the corner of Melton and Drummond Street, to its exciting future as the London terminus for the brand-new High Speed 2 (HS2) line up to the Midlands and beyond. Discover a labyrinth of dark and dusty passageways once used by the travelling public, marvel at a gallery of preserved vintage advertising poster fragments that have been concealed for over 50 years and see the iconic Leslie Green station.

Dates:  Selected Wednesdays to Sundays in May, June, and July 2024
Tickets: Adult £45, Concessions £42

Secrets of Central London (Walking Tour)

Discover the secrets of the area around Theatreland, Covent Garden, Kingsway, and the Embankment with one of our expert guides. This walking tour reveals little known facts about the area that were pulled straight from our archives. Find out how well-known streets shaped London’s transport systems and get glimpses of some iconic Hidden London tour sites.

Dates: Selected Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April – September2024

Tickets: Adult £20, Concession £17.50

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Author: jonathan

Jonathan is a consummate Anglophile who launched Anglotopia.net in 2007 to channel his passion for Britain. Londontopia is its sister publication dedicated to everything London.

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