Later this year there will be two opportunities to visit either, or both, of an underground WW2 shelter, or a disused tube station.

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The one likely to cause the most excitement, is the exceptionally rare opportunity to go into the Clapham South deep level shelter, a series of tube tunnels dug next to the tube station that were used as accommodation during air raids.

After the war, the tunnels were used to house arrivals from Empire Windrush before being transformed  into a Bed &Breakfast accommodation for the Festival of Britain.

One of eight such shelters across London, most are off limits as they are used for secure document storage, so this is a very rare opportunity. Photography is permitted, but no tripods, heavy bags or professional recording equipment is allowed.

Tours will take place in October, and will cost £30.


Photo by Transport Museum

The other tour is to see one of London’s newer disused tube stations — at Charing Cross.

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. It’s also usually the location for PR stunts that are breathlessly reported in the tabloids as “commuters shocked by”, when actually they are all actors on a disused platform.

Tours will take place in June/July and will cost £25.


Photo by IanVisits


Tickets to both tours go on sale on Friday 17th April at 10am at the following Eventbrite pages:

Note: You need to select the date you want from the less than obvious drop down above where it will be saying “sold out”


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  1. Nick Cooper says:

    Glad it’s not just me not fooled by the “commuters shocked by…” stories so beloved of the Metro!

  2. Mihai says:

    Opportunities not to be missed. And the price is ok, is not much to step into history. I’ll keep on eye on it, I’d like to take part.

  3. Alex says:

    WTF? They said tickets were on sale today at 10am, I was there 9:59am when they enabled the link and everything was sold out already!!!!
    Was it a joke?

  4. Amy says:

    10 minutes in and all dates for Charing Cross are showing Sold Out..!

  5. Neil Paterson says:

    Managed to get a ticket for Clapham, but Charing Cross all sold out when I tried to book at 10.10am

  6. RogerTCB says:

    I reckon someone has set a webcrawler to harvest all the tickets. There’s no way with such an appalling user interface on the book agents site that a human being could buy all the tickets up so fast. I’m very disappointed.

  7. Kevin says:

    I think the tickets were available a little before 10am Roger. Maybe someones clock is a few minutes out their end and people were there ready.

  8. Bob Todd says:

    For future reference, members of the London Underground Museum, get an opportunity to purchase tickets one week before they go public.
    That is why most tickets are already sold.
    I am a member and have been to them all.


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