Going underground to find the hidden London
To mark the London Transport Museum’s announcement of new ‘Hidden London’ tours of disused stations, we have compiled a list of demolished, re-used and abandoned Tube stops that once served the network
British Museum If you think the Egyptian galleries at the British Museum are creepy enough, you probably would not want to venture down into the former site of the old museum station, which is reputedly haunted by the ghost of ancient Egyptian deity Amen-ra’s daughter.
The eastbound tunnel leading to the site is now used as storage space for maintenance workers, after the original station became defunct in 1933 with the expansion of nearby Holborn.
It is now impossible to access the station from street level and venturers would be well-advised to avoid its haunted resident.
Brompton Road Another station that fell foul of other stations’ expansions, Brompton Road once stood in a convenient location for both the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Brompton Oratory.
The site suffered a reduction in catchment area when its sister station to the north east, Knightsbridge, had a new southern entrance added in 1934.
The War Office (later merged with the Ministry of Defence) bought the site just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War.
The MoD sold the 28,000 sqft site to Ukrainian billionaire, Dmytro Firtash, in 2013 for an estimated £50 million.
It is thought that it is now being renovated to become high-end flats.
Strand Tucked away at the far eastern edge of the Strand, this station was later named Aldwych and may be more familiar to you than you first imagine.
The self-contained section of the Piccadilly Line of which it was once a part makes it an ideal location for filming, and has been visited by film crews from the likes of Atonement (2007), The Good Shepherd (2006), and, perhaps most recognisable of all, 2004’s horror flick Creep.
The station was shut in 1994 after low passenger numbers and a £3m quote for replacing the original 1907 lifts made operating the site untenable.
Big Beat fans may also like to revisit The Prodigy’s 1996 music video for their iconic track, Firestarter, where you can see singer Keith Flint cheerily dancing in the disused tunnel leading up to the station.
Hounslow Town Once situated at the end of Hounslow High Street, Hounslow Town had a fleeting 16 years in operation on the District Line between 1893 and 1909, when it closed after repeated failures to integrate it into the wider London network.
Now the site of Hounslow bus garage, nothing remains of the original station and the only clue that it ever existed is a small plaque in front of the current building.
Down Street If the half-mile walk between Green Park and Hyde Park Corner seems a bit far for you, think of the days when you could have walked half the distance to Mayfair’s Down Street.
Constructed for Piccadilly Line commuters, the station was earmarked for potential closure in 1929,