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Down Street Station Tour – Churchill’s Secret Station

London

Down Street Station Tour – Churchill’s Secret Station

My friends and family think I’m bonkers, and can’t understand where my obsession has come from – but I’m nuts about the tube. Not riding on it you understand. I loathe my commute with every fibre of my being. But the history and uniqueness of it – that is my bag entirely. And it is in that vein that I found myself in an online queue 8 months ago trying to buy tickets for the one thing I’ve been excited to see for years – Down Street, known as Churchill’s secret station.

You see, I’ve got this thing for abandoned, secret places in London and tube stations rank highly on the list. I’ve already seen Aldwych, but none of the other secret stations appeared to be any closer to opening. Until last year. The Hidden London series of events got started and I purchased my golden ticket.

So what exactly happens on a Down Street station tour?

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Aldwych Station Tour – The Secret Station

London

Aldwych Station Tour – The Secret Station

A couple of years ago, I was incredibly excited and privileged to go on an Aldwych station tour, visiting one of London’s closed underground stations. I am an epic geek about all things Tube related, and I’m particularly interested in the history behind how our subterranean tube network came to be, and why stations like Aldwych closed. The London Transport Museum seems to open the station up to the public every couple of years (I went a few years ago for a Blitz themed tour of the station), and tickets are snapped up within hours as everyone wants to know what happens to a station after the public leave.

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