London Transport Museum has announced new 'Hidden London' tours of disused stations that once served the London Underground network.

Some are gated, others now used for entirely different purposes and yet others show no outward signs of existing at all.

So ahead of the tours - which can be booked on the London Transport Museum website, we take you inside some of these stations, some of which date back more than 100 years.


The station is still visible at the far eastern end of the Strand: Google

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 hosted 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 £3 million 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

Hounslow High street was once home to its own station, before the site was turned into a modern day bus garage:

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 onto 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.

The only sign of the original site is a plaque outside the modern day bus garage (Pic: Google)

Down Street

The station in its operational days: London Transport Museum

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.

Once Piccadilly Line commuters, the station was earmarked for potential closure in 1929, as one of the less busy stations on the line, in order to improve journey times and reduce costs.

The station was finally closed in 1932, but retained a useful function for Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who used it as a War Cabinet bunker during the Second World War.

The London Transport Museum are starting tours of the station from August 4 to September 11.

After Down Street's closure in the 1930s, the station was used for Winston Churchill's war cabinet meetings: London Transport Museum


Wharncliffe Viaduct near the original station site, during the period that it was operational as a Tube station (Pic: Aspro, Wikimedia commons)

Now home to the National Rail and forthcoming Crossrail overground services, Hanwell station once served the District Line on the ill-fated route between Windsor and Ealing Broadway.

Low passenger numbers got the better of the service within two years, and was closed for being uneconomic as of September 1885.

The current site is still used as an overground station, but is no longer part of the Tube network (Pic: Google)

Hammersmith (Grove Road)

The site of the original Hammersmith (Grove Road) station is just to the right of this image: Nick Catford

Among the first stations on the world-famous network, Hammersmith (Grove Road) – often simply referred to as Hammersmith – was part of the old London and Southwest Railways route connecting Richmond to Turnham Green.

The connection was compromised when it became clear that its District Line rival had a more direct route into central London, and passenger numbers were failing to keep up.

The station was shut in 1916, and attempts to connect it to Shepherd's Bush in 1919 were never realised. It was later demolished.

Where Hammermsith Grove Road station used to be


This picture shows the station in 1969, a few years before its demolition (Pic: Nick Catford)

Cricket patrons of the famous ground may be interested to know that this connection on the Metropolitan Line had been intended remain open on match days, before the Second World War scuppered the plans.

Closed due to congestion troubles and as a bid to increase capacity on the line, the Barmy Army is still faithfully served by nearby St John's Wood.

The station was completely demolished to allow more passengers to travel out of nearby St John's Wood (Pic: Google)

British Museum

The British Museum Station in its operational days before an expansion at Holborn made it redundant (Pic: British Transport Museum)

If you think the Egyptian galleries at the British Museum are creepy enough, you probably wouldn't 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 a storage space for maintenance workers, after the original station became defunct in 1933 with the expansion of nearby Holborn.

It's now impossible to access the station from street level, and venturers would be well-advised to avoid its haunted resident.

The site as it is today in its current capacity as a building society: Google

Brompton Road

Brompton Road Tube was once conveniently placed to visit the V&A Museum and the Brompton Oratory (Pic:

Another station that fell fowl 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 World War II.

The MoD sold the 28,000 square feet 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.

The station was owed by the Ministry of Defence until 2013, when it was sold to Ukrainian billionaire, Dmytro Firtash for an estimated £50 million (Pic: Google)

Marlborough Road

At one time cricket fans were spoilt for choice of which station to use for access to Lord's cricket ground (Pic: Nick Catford)

At one time, the Lord's cricket ground must have been one of the easiest places to get to in all of London.

Here's another station that once served the Metropolitan Line and was closed as a result of congestion in the St John's Wood area.

Formerly a Chinese restaurant, the station building is still standing and is now home to an electricity substation.

Park Royal and Twyford Abbey

The former Tube station had a short life as means to access the Royal Agricultural Society show grounds (Pic:

When this station opened in 1903, it was intended to serve waves of people bustling to get to the newly opened Royal Agricultural Society show grounds.

The eager agriculturalists actually turned out in groups of far more modest trickles, and the station eventually closed in 1931 with the opening of the (still functioning) Park Royal station a few minutes' walk away.

Uxbridge Road

Uxbridge Road station was located on what is now part of Holland Park roundabout (Pic: Nick Catford )

If the idea of a station in Uxbridge Road has you scratching your head, the station's entrance was actually located to the far east on what is now Holland Park roundabout.

Part of the site is now operational as Shepherd's Bush London Overground station, a short walk from the eponymous Central Line interchange.

As well as falling foul of those once-low passenger numbers, the site was also bombed during the Second World War and eventually demolished before the new Shepherd's Bush site was completed in 2008.