Underground London - Archive Articles

See inside the St. Leonards air raid shelter in East Sheen
See inside the St. Leonards air raid shelter in East Sheen

See inside the St. Leonards air raid shelter in East Sheen

On a side street not far from Mortlake station is a set of 1930s residential flats and in front a curious brick building - the entrance to an underground air-raid shelter.

Sep
15
2021
New tunnel starts digging under south London
New tunnel starts digging under south London

New tunnel starts digging under south London

A tube train sized tunnel has started being dug under south London running between Wimbledon and Crayford.

May
20
2021
Tickets Alert: Walk through the Mail Rail tunnels
Tickets Alert: Walk through the Mail Rail tunnels

Tickets Alert: Walk through the Mail Rail tunnels

More dates have been announced for a chance to walk through the tunnels deep under Clerkenwell once used by the Post Office’s private Mail Rail trains.

Dec
11
2020
Underground car park to be turned into a shopping centre
Underground car park to be turned into a shopping centre

Underground car park to be turned into a shopping centre

An underground car park just behind Oxford Street’s John Lewis store is to be turned into an underground shopping centre.

May
01
2020
Take a drivers eye trip along the Mail Rail
Take a drivers eye trip along the Mail Rail

Take a drivers eye trip along the Mail Rail

While the Postal Museum is closed to the public, they've put a video of a trip down the mail rail tunnels on their website.

Apr
21
2020
Huge tunnel to be dug under South London
Huge tunnel to be dug under South London

Huge tunnel to be dug under South London

A 20 mile tunnel almost as big as a tube tunnel is to be dug under South London, linking Wimbledon to Crayford near Dartford, via New Cross.

Dec
24
2019
Go behind the scenes of Piccadilly Circus tube station
Go behind the scenes of Piccadilly Circus tube station

Go behind the scenes of Piccadilly Circus tube station

A hidden series of tunnels and lift shafts lie out of sight under Piccadilly Circus, and now tours are offered of these hidden spaces.

Nov
20
2019
Visit the subterranean London Silver Vaults
Visit the subterranean London Silver Vaults

Visit the subterranean London Silver Vaults

Deep under a central London office block can be found a warren of shops -- all selling silverware in small rooms behind a bank vault of an entrance.

Oct
15
2019
Repairs for a Victorian sewer running above a London Underground line
Repairs for a Victorian sewer running above a London Underground line

Repairs for a Victorian sewer running above a London Underground line

A Victorian era sewer running over the top of Baker Street tube station is currently being repaired even as it still carries away our daily waste.

Dec
11
2018
Disused London Underground tunnel tours announced
Disused London Underground tunnel tours announced

Disused London Underground tunnel tours announced

The London Transport Museum has announced a new batch of tours in its Hidden London series of disused parts of the London Underground.

Nov
18
2018
Tickets Alert: Tours of an underground farm
Tickets Alert: Tours of an underground farm

Tickets Alert: Tours of an underground farm

In WW2 tunnels deep under Clapham there’s a farm that’s normally sealed off for hygiene reasons, but now, small tours are being arranged.

Nov
13
2018
Visiting a Cold War bunker
Visiting a Cold War bunker

Visiting a Cold War bunker

Down an unmarked gravel path behind a parish church in a small village in the countryside, can be found a nuclear bunker, and you can go inside it.

Aug
07
2018
Thames Tideway’s tunnel boring machines lowered 53 metres into the ground
Thames Tideway’s tunnel boring machines lowered 53 metres into the ground

Thames Tideway’s tunnel boring machines lowered 53 metres into the ground

The first of the giant tunnel boring machines that will dig the "super sewer" underneath the Thames has been lowered into position, some 53 metres below ground.

Jun
20
2018
Showing off the Thames Tideway Tunnel Boring Machines
Showing off the Thames Tideway Tunnel Boring Machines

Showing off the Thames Tideway Tunnel Boring Machines

A couple of weeks back the two cutting heads that will drill the new super sewer under London were shown off in a public open day.

May
30
2018
Free tours of art in the Clapham WW2 tunnels
Free tours of art in the Clapham WW2 tunnels

Free tours of art in the Clapham WW2 tunnels

Following his six month residency at Growing Underground, a farm 33 metres underground in Clapham, Llew Watkins is presenting five sculptures in one of the uninhabited tunnels.

May
18
2018
Photos from the disused tunnels now helping the Bank tube station upgrade
Photos from the disused tunnels now helping the Bank tube station upgrade

Photos from the disused tunnels now helping the Bank tube station upgrade

Deep under the City of London lies its oldest deep level tube station, in use for less than a decade before it closed in 1900, now it's about to get a new lease of life.

Apr
21
2018
Exhibition – Welcome to the underworld
Exhibition – Welcome to the underworld

Exhibition – Welcome to the underworld

A basement off Tottenham Court Road is currently hosting a photo exhibition of other very much grander subterranean spaces from across the world.

Mar
12
2018
Tickets Alert – Tours of Churchill’s abandoned WW2 bunker
Tickets Alert – Tours of Churchill’s abandoned WW2 bunker

Tickets Alert – Tours of Churchill’s abandoned WW2 bunker

Deep under a housing estate in North London lies one of WW2’s greatest secrets, the reserve Cabinet War Rooms that lay hidden and waiting, just in case the (now) more famous Westminster bunkers were destroyed.

Feb
02
2018
One final chance to go on a Crossrail building site tour
One final chance to go on a Crossrail building site tour

One final chance to go on a Crossrail building site tour

The tours will be your last chance to get behind the hoardings, see the new stations under construction and experience this major infrastructure project at work.

Jan
26
2018
Tickets Alert: First ever winter openings of Pope’s Grotto
Tickets Alert: First ever winter openings of Pope’s Grotto

Tickets Alert: First ever winter openings of Pope’s Grotto

An underground chamber only occasionally open to the public is about to have its first ever opening during the winter months.

Jan
22
2018
Another tunnel boring machine prepares to dive under London
Another tunnel boring machine prepares to dive under London

Another tunnel boring machine prepares to dive under London

Tideway, the company building the super sewer under the Thames, has recently completed a key milestone with the excavation of its first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) launch shaft.

Jan
22
2018
Crossrail starts restoration of Kingsway Subway
Crossrail starts restoration of Kingsway Subway

Crossrail starts restoration of Kingsway Subway

A disused tram tunnel under Holborn is set to be restored by Crossrail after it served an innovative purpose during the tunneling work in the area.

Oct
28
2017
See rare Brunel drawings of the Thames Tunnel
See rare Brunel drawings of the Thames Tunnel

See rare Brunel drawings of the Thames Tunnel

A set of drawings made nearly 200 years ago for the Thames Tunnel at Rotherhithe can been put up for sale by the descendants of the Brunels who designed the tunnel.

Oct
12
2017
London’s newest museum – the Postal and Mail Rail
London’s newest museum – the Postal and Mail Rail

London’s newest museum – the Postal and Mail Rail

A new museum has opened in London, and deep underneath, it has the ultimate toy -- it's very own private tube tunnel railway, and you can go for a ride in it.

Sep
04
2017