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20th April update: I visited the LT website this morning and all tours are sold out. My best advice is to create an account with LT and register for emails – that way when the next tours are announced, you can jump in early and have an account ready to purchase tickets.

Late Afternoon update: I did finally arrive at the front of the online ticket queue. The dates that I was interested in were already sold out. The tour with most availability was Down Street – not surprising at £75 per ticket. If you haven’t already tried for tickets today you’ll need to very flexible on dates. Perhaps tomorrow, the general public sale will reveal more tickets, although I have a feeling there won’t be.

London Transport regularly run tours of disused Underground stations and tunnels. I previously visited the old Strand/Aldgate station. These tours are always popular and sell out really quickly.

Four tours are now available, including two new tours:

  • NEW for 2016 – Euston: The Lost Tunnels
  • NEW for 2016 – 55 Broadway: London’s First Skyscraper
  • Down Street: Churchill’s Secret Station
  • Clapham South: Subterranean shelter

Here is the link to book. Sales to the general public start 20th April but this link was in a 24-hour advance booking email that I received today. However, when I clicked I was placed in a queue behind several thousand others and am currently still waiting for my chance to buy tickets.

NEW for 2016 – Euston: The Lost Tunnels

Discover a labyrinth of dark and deserted passageways which were once used by the travelling public and see a gallery of preserved vintage poster fragments that have been hidden for over 50 years. This secret space is located below a busy Tube station that serves almost 42 million passengers each year and Euston national rail station.

Dates: Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 26 May – 19 June 2016 and 22 Sept – 30 October 2016
Times: various
Tour duration: 75 minutes approx.
Location: Euston, NW1 2EA
Tickets: Adult £35.00; Concession £30.00 (+ £1.50 booking fee per transaction)

NEW for 2016 – 55 Broadway: London’s First Skyscraper

55 Broadway was the headquarters of London Transport and later London Underground until 2016. This Grade I listed structure – London’s first skyscraper – was considered radical and offensive when unveiled in 1929. Now a fabulous example of Art Deco London, visitors will be able to see beautifully detailed offices, grand meetings rooms, and stunning rooftops views.

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays on 7/8 May, 4/5 June, 2/3 July, 13/14 August, 8/9 October, 19/20 November, 3 /4 December 2016
Times: various
Tour duration: 90 minutes approx.
Location: 55 Broadway, SW1H 0BD
Tickets: Adult £32.50; Concession £27.50 (+ £1.50 booking fee per transaction)

Down Street: Churchill’s Secret Station

Get an intimate look into one of London’s most intriguing hidden spaces where Prime Minister Winston Churchill took refuge secretly at the height of the Blitz. Down Street station became critical to winning the Second World War when it was covertly transformed into the Railway Executive Committee’s bomb-proof bunker.

Dates: Wednesdays, Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4 August – 11 September 2016, 24 November – 18 December 2016 & 11 January – 5 March 2017
Times: various
Tour duration: 90 minutes approx.
Location: Down Street, Mayfair
Tickets: Adult £75; Concession £70 and £1.50 booking fee per transaction

Clapham South: Subterranean shelter

 

Opened to the public in July 1944, Clapham South deep-level shelter has over a mile of subterranean passageways that reveal the extraordinary stories of those who sheltered here. Find out how Londoners took refuge underground during the Blitz and how it was home to Jamaican migrants in the 1940s as well as visitors to the Festival of Britain in the 1950s.

Dates: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 14 July – 21 Aug 2016 and 2 March – 26 March 2017
Times: various
Tour duration: 75 minutes approx.
Location: Clapham South deep-level shelter
Tickets: Adult £35.00; Concession £30.00 (+ £1.50 booking fee per transaction)