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

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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,

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