London Transport Museum regularly run tours of disused Underground stations and tunnels. These tours are always popular and sell out really quickly. I previously visited the old/disused Strand/Aldgate station and really enjoyed that, Euston not as much.
The Museum website wrote this about the tour:
Enjoy this opportunity to explore the disused areas of Charing Cross Underground station. Go behind closed doors to exclusive areas not accessible to the public, walk under Trafalgar Square and see the London Underground from a different angle. Closed to the public since 1999, the Jubilee line platforms are now synonymous with movie and TV filming. This is a unique opportunity to view the sites where blockbuster movies such as Skyfall (2011/12) Paddington Bear (2013) and TV’s 24 (2014) were filmed.
We met our guides at the bottom of the stairs of exit 3 of Charing Cross mainline and Underground station. Our names were checked and we were provided with high-visibility jackets.
If you’re interested in matching my pictures to scenes from the James Bond movie Skyfall, then watch this excerpt from the movie first:
We were waved through the ticket barriers and led through a secret door to find a set of modern escalators. We had to walk down these.
At the bottom of the escalator was a sign for Jubilee Line – there was an original plan for this line to run from Charing Cross, hence the modern station, now abandoned.
A similar sign was on the platform wall.
The platform was modern, but missing the ceiling. You can see this same ceiling in the Skyfall video.
We then found another set of escalators. Notice how the triangles that normally stop anyone from sliding down the middle were removed – this for this scene near the end of the above video.
The scene from Skyfall was projected onto the end wall so we could identify the locations.
We then went back up, through the main station and through another secret door that lead to the hidden tunnels and walkways behind the station. Below is a picture taken looking down onto an in-use platform.
And a video of a train and passengers unaware of who was above.
We walked along some earth-removal tunnels that ran under Trafalgar Square.
Then we visited an underground cooling tower that exhausts hot air into the street.
The bottom of the tower has some steps – used by Bond in the Skyfall chase scene.
We completed the tour by exiting the door that Bond opens onto the passenger walkway.
This was an interesting tour, especially for James Bond fans. The volunteer guides, as always were friendly. I still prefer the tours of long-abandoned stations, with posters reflecting the era from when they closed.
Tour duration: 75 minutes approx.
Location: Charing Cross
Tickets: Adult £36.50; Concession £31.50 (+ £1.50 booking fee per transaction)