- New Secrets of the London Underground documentary hosted by Siddy Holloway and Tim Dunn starts on Monday 19 July at 8pm on the Yesterday channel
- Experience first-hand the secret histories and places revealed in the new TV series on a Hidden London tour from London Transport Museum
- Explore two new sites for the first time with a virtual tour of York Road Underground station on the Piccadilly Line and an in-person tour of Kingsway Tram Subway in London’s West End
- New tour dates to go on public sale from Friday 9 July at www.ltmuseum.co.uk/hidden-london
People curious to delve deeper into the history of disused Tube stations revealed by UKTV’s new Secrets of the London Underground documentary – to be aired on the Yesterday channel for the first time on Monday 19 July at 8pm – will love joining London Transport Museum’s Hidden London virtual and in-person tours to explore more of this subterranean world. The remaining five episodes of the new TV series will continue to be shown on Mondays at 8pm.
Due to popular demand two brand new Hidden London tours will launch this August – perfect timing for viewers of the documentary to experience the secrets of the Underground first-hand.
An in-person tour of the rarely opened Kingsway Tram Subway will be launched by London Transport Museum for the first time, giving people the chance to experience what was once the most important stretch of tram track in the Capital. Tour dates are available from 12 August until 26 September.
A new virtual tour revealing the history of York Road disused Tube station will also launch this summer, with tours dates available from 31 August until 23 September. This beautiful but now ‘lost’ station once served passengers on the Piccadilly line and is one of the secret Underground locations that viewers will be introduced to in the new Secrets of the London Underground TV series airing on Yesterday.
In the brand new Secrets of the London Underground series, Siddy Holloway from London Transport Museum and railway historian Tim Dunn (from The Architecture The Railways Built series) explore secret areas of London’s Tube network that – despite being just feet away from where millions of people regularly travel – hardly anyone knows about.
Viewers will join the presenters as they glimpse behind locked doors to discover secret histories of disused spaces, from abandoned tunnels to secret bunkers and hidden staircases that have been concealed from public view for years. With their unique and privileged access, the presenters share stories of some of London’s most clandestine stations on the world’s oldest Underground system.
London Transport Museum’s Hidden London tours let culture seekers intrigued by this hidden world experience more of it for themselves with a mix of virtual and in-person tours. Stations and subterranean sites people can discover more about on virtual tours include Aldwych, Brompton Road, Euston, Holborn (Kingsway) and King William Street, while a walking tour of Covent Garden, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Victoria Embankment reveals a hidden side to the area and how it has transformed over the last 200 years.
New tour dates go on sale on Friday 9 July 2021 at www.ltmuseum.co.uk/hidden-london
Siddy Holloway, Hidden London Engagement Manager and Co-presenter of the Secrets of the London Underground documentary said: “In Secrets of the London Underground we can’t wait to share the stories of ‘lost’ stations and subterranean spaces on London’s famous transport network. The Museum’s Hidden London tours are the perfect way for transport fans, history lovers and culture seekers to delve deeper into this intriguing and hidden underground world first-hand, and this summer we’re really excited to be bringing people two new sites to explore – the fascinating York Road Tube station and the little-known Kingsway Tram Subway.”
Tim Dunn, geographer, historian and Co-presenter of the Secrets of the London Underground documentary series said: “I’ve been visiting Hidden London locations for ten years and been fascinated by London Transport Museum’s collection for more than 30. To be able to show these places, objects and archives to a massive audience is a thrill; whilst going to usually off-limits areas of Hidden London sites and more will hold fascination for even the most seasoned “Tube Geek”. And what a chuffing joy it is to explore sites with Siddy Holloway, London Transport Museum’s very own disused Tube station expert.”
Tour information and dates
- NEW IN-PERSON TOUR – Kingsway tram tunnel: linking up London
12 August – 26 September inclusive
The Kingsway Tram Subway was once the most important stretch of tram track in London, linking together the extensive tram networks of north and south London. In 1952, this unique part of the Capital’s transport network closed, having served Londoners for some 46 years. The subway was conceived and built by the London County Council at the start of the twentieth century as part of an ambitious civic renewal programme for the Holborn and Aldwych areas and surprisingly more than half of the subway still exists, complete with original features. This tour will take you on a journey through the history of the remaining tunnels and the former Holborn tram station, revealing how it served London.
- NEW VIRTUAL TOUR – York Road
31 August – 23 September inclusive
York Road is a beautiful and unusual Leslie Green designed station found on the Piccadilly line between King’s Cross St Pancras and Caledonian Road. The station had a short working life between 1906 and 1932. Located in a relatively poor area of London at the time, the station never had much custom and was eventually closed. The station building has been dormant ever since, acting as a vital ventilation shaft for the Piccadilly line, but at one time was considered as the location for a secret war time bunker for London Transport executives. This virtual tour explores unique surviving features such as tiled lift lobby and signal cabin as well as modifications to the station with never-before seen footage.
- Aldwych – Virtual Tour
26 July (Two tour times available)
Aldwych station is one of London’s secret places, holding myths and memories of times gone by. This exclusive virtual tour of one of the most popular Hidden London sites allows virtual visitors a glimpse of places that aren’t accessible in person such as the ladies toilets – with some fascinating original features that have long since disappeared in modern Underground station – and the upper ticket hall with its original ticket windows and telephone booths – some dating back to the station’s opening in 1907.
- Brompton Road – Virtual Tour
24 August (Two tour times available)
Located between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations on the Piccadilly line, Brompton Road station was closed in 1934 after the Piccadilly line was extended. It was closed along with stations such as Down Street and York Road as they were only lightly used – with some services passing through without stopping. Zoom in for this special behind the scenes digital tour to learn about its time as a Second World War bunker and see what the disused station looks like today.
- Euston – Virtual Tour
20 July (Two tour times available)
In 1907 two separate Underground stations opened at Euston running the lines which would ultimately become the two branches of the Northern line. This virtual tour explores the remains of these two original structures that have been closed for over a century, taking you to places the public have not seen before. See the passageways, emergency stairs and lift shaft of the Hampstead tube as well as getting a last look inside the iconic Leslie Green station building before it is demolished. These hidden parts of Euston are non-accessible to the public and are not featured in the Museum’s in-person Hidden London tours at Euston. New and never-before-seen footage makes this the ultimate tour of Euston’s Underground.
- Holborn (Kingsway) – Virtual Tour
16 August (Two tour times available)
In 1898 the London County Council (LCC) decided to completely redevelop the area in London we now know as Kingsway and Aldwych. This required new public transport to bring people to and from work and in response the LCC built a tram subway underneath Kingsway itself, to facilitate interchange between South and North London trams. At the same time, the Piccadilly line was burrowing its way through London, with a station at Holborn to serve the newly constructed district, and a branch line down to Aldwych to serve the many theatres of Covent Garden. This tour explores how the Kingsway trio is a brilliant example of how public transport unlocked parts of London previously inaccessible at the turn of the 20th Century and how these spaces adapted and changed when they were no longer required to serve their original purpose, often in very unusual ways.
- King William Street – Virtual Tour
8 August (Two tour times available)
King William Street station has the honour of being the first disused deep tube station. Closed in 1900, King William Street was the original but short-lived northern terminus of the City and South London Railway, which was the first deep-level underground railway in the world. The CSLR, originally ran from King William Street to Stockwell and now forms part of the Bank Branch of the Northern line. Currently, this fascinating station is being used as part of the major Bank station extension project. On this special behind-the-scenes virtual tour, explore behind the scenes and see what the disused station looks like today and find out how it is being used during the Bank project.
- Secrets of Central London – Walking Tour
23 July – Wednesday 22 September
Discover the secrets of London on a walking tour of Covent Garden, Kingsway, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Victoria Embankment. Join our expert guides and tour off the beaten path, down hidden back streets and find hidden secrets you’ve never even noticed. Find out how the area has transformed over the last 200 years since the birth of public transport and see abandoned transport infrastructure and remarkable feats of engineering that have shaped London.
London Transport Museum’s new Hidden London virtual tours were launched in extraordinary times. Every ticket purchase helps support the future of the Museum.
More in-person Hidden London tours of disused stations are expected to be available to book in Autumn 2021. Early-birds can sign-up to the Museum’s enewsletter to be the first to hear about new Hidden London tours and events.
All in-person Hidden London tours will be delivered in line with the current government guidelines.
Hidden London book
People wishing to own a bit of disused station history can treat themselves to an illustrated Hidden London book (Hardback, £25) published by Yale University Press and on sale at London Transport Museum’s shop in Covent Garden and online at www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk and other stores nationwide.
Hidden London exhibition extended to 31 December 2023
Visitors can also explore its popular award-winning Hidden London exhibition in the Global Gallery. Revealing the mysteries of the Capital’s ‘abandoned’ Underground stations, this atmospheric exhibition, delves into the secret wartime histories of Down Street and Clapham South as well as the creative ways forgotten subterranean spaces are being adapted for today’s world. By popular demand the exhibition has been extended until the end of 2023.
Hidden London Hangouts on YouTube – live new episodes each Saturday at 18:00
Hidden London Hangouts give everyone a chance to learn more about the Capital’s subterranean transport secrets with wit and humour from four loveable Londoners and experts in their field. New episodes go live on London Transport Museum’s YouTube channel every Saturday at 18:00. Visit www.youtube.com/ltmuseumvideo to see up and coming as well as previous episodes. Each episode is hosted by self-confessed Tube geek and broadcaster Alex Grundon.
Secrets of the London Underground has been commissioned for UKTV by deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen and ordered by Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey. The series is produced by Brown Bob Productions and the executive producer is Rob Dersley.
The new series will air on Yesterday from Monday 19 July 2021 at 8pm, with the remaining five episodes continuing on Mondays at 8pm on Yesterday. The TV series and will also be available to catch-up on UKTV Play. Other recent UKTV Original commissions for Yesterday include, The Architecture The Railways Built (also produced by Brown Bob), Restoration Workshop, Warbird Workshop and two further series of Bangers & Cash.
For more information on individual tours visit: https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/hidden-london/virtual-tours