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new tv doc on the secrets of the London underground

People curious to delve deeper into the history of disused Tube stations revealed by UKTV’s new Secrets of the London Underground documentary – to be aired on the Yesterday channel for the first time on Monday 19 July at 8pm  – will love joining London Transport Museum’s Hidden London virtual and in-person tours to explore more of this subterranean world. The remaining five episodes of the new TV series will continue to be shown on Mondays at 8pm.

Due to popular demand two brand new Hidden London tours will launch this August – perfect timing for viewers of the documentary to experience the secrets of the Underground first-hand.

An in-person tour of the rarely opened Kingsway Tram Subway will be launched by London Transport Museum for the first time, giving people the chance to experience what was once the most important stretch of tram track in the Capital. Tour dates are available from 12 August until 26 September.

A new virtual tour revealing the history of York Road disused Tube station will also launch this summer, with tours dates available from 31 August until 23 September. This beautiful but now ‘lost’ station once served passengers on the Piccadilly line and is one of the secret Underground locations that viewers will be introduced to in the new Secrets of the London Underground TV series airing on Yesterday.

 

In the brand new Secrets of the London Underground series, Siddy Holloway from London Transport Museum and railway historian Tim Dunn (from The Architecture The Railways Built series) explore secret areas of London’s Tube network that – despite being just feet away from where millions of people regularly travel – hardly anyone knows about.

Viewers will join the presenters as they glimpse behind locked doors to discover secret histories of disused spaces, from abandoned tunnels to secret bunkers and hidden staircases that have been concealed from public view for years. With their unique and privileged access, the presenters share stories of some of London’s most clandestine stations on the world’s oldest Underground system.

 

London Transport Museum’s Hidden London tours let culture seekers intrigued by this hidden world experience more of it for themselves with a mix of virtual and in-person tours. Stations and subterranean sites people can discover more about on virtual tours include Aldwych, Brompton Road, Euston, Holborn (Kingsway) and King William Street, while a walking tour of Covent Garden, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Victoria Embankment reveals a hidden side to the area and how it has transformed over the last 200 years.

New tour dates go on sale on Friday 9 July 2021 at www.ltmuseum.co.uk/hidden-london

 

Tour information and dates

  • NEW IN-PERSON TOUR – Kingsway tram tunnel: linking up London

12 August – 26 September inclusive

The Kingsway Tram Subway was once the most important stretch of tram track in London, linking together the extensive tram networks of north and south London. In 1952, this unique part of the Capital’s transport network closed, having served Londoners for some 46 years. The subway was conceived and built by the London County Council at the start of the twentieth century as part of an ambitious civic renewal programme for the Holborn and Aldwych areas and surprisingly more than half of the subway still exists, complete with original features. This tour will take you on a journey through the history of the remaining tunnels and the former Holborn tram station, revealing how it served London.

 

  • NEW VIRTUAL TOUR – York Road

31 August – 23 September inclusive

York Road is a beautiful and unusual Leslie Green designed station found on the Piccadilly line between King’s Cross St Pancras and Caledonian Road. The station had a short working life between 1906 and 1932. Located in a relatively poor area of London at the time, the station never had much custom and was eventually closed. The station building has been dormant ever since, acting as a vital ventilation shaft for the Piccadilly line, but at one time was considered as the location for a secret war time bunker for London Transport executives. This virtual tour explores unique surviving features such as tiled lift lobby and signal cabin as well as modifications to the station with never-before seen footage.

 

  • Aldwych – Virtual Tour

26 July (Two tour times available)

Aldwych station is one of London’s secret places, holding myths and memories of times gone by. This exclusive virtual tour of one of the most popular Hidden London sites allows virtual visitors a glimpse of places that aren’t accessible in person such as the ladies toilets – with some fascinating original features that have long since disappeared in modern Underground station – and  the upper ticket hall with its original ticket windows and telephone booths – some dating back to the station’s opening in 1907.

 

  • Brompton Road – Virtual Tour

24 August (Two tour times available)

Located between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations on the Piccadilly line, Brompton Road station was closed in 1934 after the Piccadilly line was extended. It was closed along with stations such as Down Street and York Road as they were only lightly used – with some services passing through without stopping. Zoom in for this special behind the scenes digital tour to learn about its time as a Second World War bunker and see what the disused station looks like today.

 

  • Euston – Virtual Tour

20 July (Two tour times available)

In 1907 two separate Underground stations opened at Euston running the lines which would ultimately become the two branches of the Northern line. This virtual tour explores the remains of these two original structures that have been closed for over a century, taking you to places the public have not seen before. See the passageways, emergency stairs and lift shaft of the Hampstead tube as well as getting a last look inside the iconic Leslie Green station building before it is demolished. These hidden parts of Euston are non-accessible to the public and are not featured in the Museum’s in-person Hidden London tours at Euston. New and never-before-seen footage makes this the ultimate tour of Euston’s Underground.

 

  • Holborn (Kingsway) – Virtual Tour

16 August (Two tour times available)

In 1898 the London County Council (LCC) decided to completely redevelop the area in London we now know as Kingsway and Aldwych. This required new public transport to bring people to and from work and in response the LCC built a tram subway underneath Kingsway itself, to facilitate interchange between South and North London trams. At the same time, the Piccadilly line was burrowing its way through London, with a station at Holborn to serve the newly constructed district, and a branch line down to Aldwych to serve the many theatres of Covent Garden. This tour explores how the Kingsway trio is a brilliant example of how public transport unlocked parts of London previously inaccessible at the turn of the 20th Century and how these spaces adapted and changed when they were no longer required to serve their original purpose, often in very unusual ways.

 

  • King William Street – Virtual Tour

8 August (Two tour times available)

King William Street station has the honour of being the first disused deep tube station. Closed in 1900, King William Street was the original but short-lived northern terminus of the City and South London Railway, which was the first deep-level underground railway in the world. The CSLR, originally ran from King William Street to Stockwell and now forms part of the Bank Branch of the Northern line. Currently, this fascinating station is being used as part of the major Bank station extension project. On this special behind-the-scenes virtual tour, explore behind the scenes and see what the disused station looks like today and find out how it is being used during the Bank project.

 

  • Secrets of Central London – Walking Tour

23 July – Wednesday 22 September 

Discover the secrets of London on a walking tour of Covent Garden, Kingsway, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Victoria Embankment. Join our expert guides and tour off the beaten path, down hidden back streets and find hidden secrets you’ve never even noticed. Find out how the area has transformed over the last 200 years since the birth of public transport and see abandoned transport infrastructure and remarkable feats of engineering that have shaped London.

London Transport Museum’s new Hidden London virtual tours were launched in extraordinary times. Every ticket purchase helps support the future of the Museum.

More in-person Hidden London tours of disused stations are expected to be available to book in Autumn 2021. Early-birds can sign-up to the Museum’s enewsletter to be the first to hear about new Hidden London tours and events.

All in-person Hidden London tours will be delivered in line with the current government guidelines.

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