Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News UK

Lid lifted on hidden Tubeland

By Neil Lancefield

Published 13/04/2016

A man walks along a passenger tunnel in the disused Down Street station in London's Mayfair district
A man walks along a passenger tunnel in the disused Down Street station in London's Mayfair district

A disused Tube station where Winston Churchill secretly took refuge during the Blitz is part of a number of hidden London Underground sites set to be opened to the public.

Down Street in Mayfair had a short life as a station from 1907 to 1932, but acted as a bomb-proof bunker for the celebrated Prime Minister during the Second World War.

It was also used as the main location for co-ordinating the country's railways.

The station is one of several sites where London Transport Museum will run guided tours.

A labyrinth of dark and deserted passageways under Euston station is also being unveiled as part of the latest Hidden London project.

Visitors will be able to view a gallery of preserved vintage advertising posters that have been concealed for more than half-a- century.

Clapham South's deep-level Second World War shelter will also be opened.

Members of the public will be able to take the 180 steps below ground to a site used during the Blitz by Caribbean migrants arriving in 1948 and even visitors to the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Belfast Telegraph

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph