Events calendar

Tube 150 Events

A series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Underground.


Panel discussion: London Underground: Past, Present and Future

Date: Thursday 10 January
Time: 18.30 – 20.30
Location: Cubic Theatre
London Transport Museum presents an event organised by London Historians and Londonist.
On the very day that London Underground celebrates its 150th anniversary, join a team of Tube experts to discover surprising and unusual facets of the network's history. As well as enlightening us about the history of the Underground, the panellists will also be tested in a mini Tube quiz, and asked to speculate about the future of the Underground.


  • Christian Wolmar - leading transport commentator, with plans to run in the 2016 London Mayoral elections
  • Mark Mason - author of Walk the Lines
  • Annie Mole - author of the popular Going Underground blog
  • Gareth Edwards - editor and author of transport site London Reconnections
  • The panel will be chaired by Matt Brown, editor of

£10, £8 (London Historian members are eligible for the concession rate)

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Steam and Heritage train outings

On Sunday 13 and 20 January 2013, the newly restored Met Locomotive No. 1 is making a special journey, bringing steam back to the line to celebrate the opening of the world’s first underground. Met Locomotive No. 1 will pull the beautifully restored Metropolitan Railway ‘Jubilee’ carriage No. 353 (built 1892) and the Chesham set of coaches, on loan from the Bluebell Railway. Metropolitan Railway electric locomotive No. 12 ‘Sarah Siddons’ will also form part of this train.

Met Locomotive No. 1, the Metropolitan Railway ‘Jubilee’ carriage No. 353 and Sarah Siddons will take part in a number of heritage runs across the network throughout 2013. Carriages will be made up of a variety of rolling stock.

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Talk: The Underground Pioneers

Date: Monday 21 January 2013
Time: 18.30 – 20.00
Location: Cubic Theatre
David Bownes opens the series, starting with a new look at the original Victorian steam underground, the first in the world when it opened in 1863. On that first day, Saturday 10 January, 30,000 people took a trip on the Metropolitan Railway between Paddington and Farringdon, the temporary terminus of the line. Despite the smoke and poor ventilation, the steam underground soon became an essential feature of London life. The talk concludes with an appraisal of London’s second underground revolution at the turn of the twentieth century when deep tunnels, electric power and a dodgy American entrepreneur named Charles Tyson Yerkes created the Tube, a new heart for the city.
Tickets: £10, £8*

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Whose Line is it Anyway?

Date: Friday 15 February 2013
Time: 18.45 to 22.00
Explore the Museum after hours with a glass of wine and enjoy the opening evening of Poster Art 150. Presented in collaboration with Penguin Books, special guest authors from the forthcoming Line Series (which will be published in March 2013) will take you on an audio, visual and literary journey with individual presentations from John O’Farrell, Peter York, Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company, Fantastic Man (Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom), Danny Dorling and William Leith and a personalised playlist from Paul Morley.

During the evening explore Poster Art 150 with the curators of the exhibition. join our artist led make-and-take workshops and demonstrate your knowledge of London’s Underground during the fab and fun Lines Quiz. 

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Tickets: £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)


A Good Parcel of English Soil, The Metropolitan Line
An evocation of the power of nature even as it occurs on the fringes of our cities, from Britain’s greatest-living nature writer.  Among his acclaimed books are Flora Britannica, Food for the Free and Nature Cure and he is a frequent contributor on BBC radio and television.

What We Talk About When We Talk About the Tube, The District Line
John Lanchester is back in inimitable style, unravelling the mysteries of the Underground and its significance; he is the bestselling of Capital and Whoops! amongst others.

Heads and Straights, The Circle Line
A funny, moving account of a family full of eccentrics, rebellious teenage daughters and complicated class antipathies, from an acutely observant writer.  Now living in France, Wadham is the author of Lost, shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction; her most recent book is The Secret Life of France.

A Northern Line Minute, The Northern Line
A tale of woe and drunken misadventure from a writer brilliant at hang-dog humour; known for his personal writing, Leith is a journalist and author of, among others, The Hungry Years.

Waterloo-City, City-Waterloo, Waterloo and City Line
An evocative and artistic response to the particular experience of commuting on the Waterloo and City Line.  Shapton is an artist, illustrator and writer who was born in Toronto and lives in New York.  She is the author of the cult Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Dooland and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry.

The 32 Stops, The Central Line
Journeying across the Central Line, at every station life expectancy falls by two months a minute.  Leading social geographer Danny Dorling explores the class and wealth divides that define our lives.  Dorling is Professor for the Public Understanding of Social Science at Sheffield University and the honorary president of the Society of Cartographers.  In 2009 he was awarded the Gold Award of the Geographical Association and the Back Award of the Royal Geographical Society.

The Blue Riband, The Piccadilly Line
Peter York, the vivacious chronicler of style tribes and elites, explores the richest bits of Britain.  A writer, author and broadcaster on social styles and trends, he writes regularly for the Independent and other broadsheets and his books include the cult bestseller The Sloane Ranger Handbook and Dictators’ Homes.

Earthbound, The Bakerloo Line
‘The Brian Eno of the sentence’ explores the history of invention and music in scintillating and moving style.  Morley is a critic and cultural theorist who was instrumental to the success of NME, as well as a founding member of the Art of Noise.  He appears regularly on radio and television and uses an unregistered oyster card.

Mind the Child, The Victoria Line
Camila Batmangelidjh founded Kids Company in 1996 and they now support 17,000 children and young people, many of whom have endured significant childhood maltreatment.  In 2009 The Women in Public Life Awards named her businesswoman of the year.

A History of Capitalism According to the Jubilee Line, The Jubilee Line
A caustically funny short story from the master comedian begins with a train stuck underground because the economy above has collapsed.  O’Farrell is the bestselling author of four novels, including The Man Who Forgot his Wife, as well several comic and political non-fiction works.

Buttoned-Up, The East London Line
A magazine in a book, this leading men’s style title explores a singular element of British fashion: the button-up shirt. Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom are the creators of Fantastic Man, a formal and intelligent men’s fashion magazine distinctive for its singular tone and elegant design.  They are based in Amsterdam and London.


Talk: The Rise and Fall of London Transport

Date: Monday 25 February 2013
Time: 18.30 – 20.00
Location: Cubic Theatre
Oliver Green continues the series by considering how the world’s greatest urban public transport system was developed in the 1920s and 30s under the dynamic management of Lord Ashfield and Frank Pick. Their Underground organisation was renowned for its high standards of design, from  advanced vehicles and modern architecture to avant garde posters and graphics. London Transport reshaped the city and gave it a new, progressive appearance. Tube extensions created and served the suburbs, spreading the built up area well into London’s countryside until the outbreak of war in 1939. Suddenly the deep tunnels had another purpose, sheltering Londoners during the Blitz while the train service continued to run every day.  London Transport survived the bombing, but in the years of post-war austerity the Underground was starved of investment and went into a long decline.
Tickets: £10, £8*


Talk: Out of Chaos - SOLD OUT

Date: Monday 25 March 2013
Time: 18.30 – 20.00
Location: Cubic Theatre
Sam Mullins concludes the series by discussing the Underground’s last fifty years, a rollercoaster of highs and lows that have reflected London’s changing economic and political fortunes. The Victoria line, built in the 1960s, was the world’s first computer controlled underground railway, but this was the last time that London set the pace with advanced technology. The Tube was on a downward spiral in the 1970s and 80s, reaching the bottom with the King’s Cross fire disaster in 1987. The Jubilee line extension was a return to form in the 1990s, and gave London its best public architecture of the late c20th. London Underground has continued its remarkable recovery in the 21st century, resilient in the face of terrorist attacks and carrying more passengers than ever before in the 2012 Olympics. The Tube will keep London moving.
Tickets: £10, £8*


Behind the Scenes - Adult Workshops

Come and see the hidden treasures of the museum, and learn a new skill at one of our array of workshops throughout the week. Many of our workshops are repeated in the evening to ensure that those of you who can’t take time of work don’t miss out. Each day includes a tour of newly restored Metropolitan Carriage 353, and all of the workshops listed are for over 16s only.

Photography with The Mango Lab

Date: Monday 8 April
Time: 14.00 - 17.30
Get exclusive access to the vehicle collection, learn how to photograph vehicles in low level light and with studio lighting, and develop the skills to tell stories through your photography. Participants must have their own digital camera. Over 16s only.
Tickets:* £35/ £33

Photography Open Evening

Date: Monday 8 April
Time: 18.00 - 21.30
An opportunity to photograph our vehicles, including the newly restored Carriage 353 and Met Locomotive No 1. without crowds. Places are limited, so book early to guarantee your spot.
Tickets:* £20/ £18

Textile Design for the Future

Date: Tuesday 9 April
Time: 10.00 - 13.30 and 18.00 - 21.30
Become a textile designer and create your own bespoke cushion cover inspired by the classic moquette designs of London Underground and the historic Metropolitan carriage 353. Work with artist Fran Herrick to produce your design from conception to print. Make a mood board, learn the basics of repeat patterns and then print onto a cotton cushion cover to take home.
Tickets: £35/£33

Cab It Day!

Date: Wednesday 10 April
Time: 14.00 - 17.30
Ever fancied getting in the driver’s seat and seeing things from a new perspective? Well now’s your chance to experience underground trains from the driver’s cab, in a variety of vehicles, including the recently decommissioned A-stock. Places are limited, so book early!
Adult tickets: £20/ £18

Creative Writing

Date: Thursday 11 April
Time: 10.00 - 13.30 and 18.00 - 21.30
Carriage 353 has led an eventful life: an antiques shop, a home, a clubhouse for American servicemen, a farm outbuilding and one of the oldest underground carriages in the world. Take inspiration from the story of the recently restored Carriage 353, in our short creative writing workshops, or be moved creatively by some of the other vehicles in the museum store.
Tickets: £25/£23

Restoration Day with the Ffestiniog Railway

Date: Friday 12 April
Time: 10.00 - 13.45 and 13.30 - 16.30
Meet the restoration team from the Ffestiniog Railway and learn how they transformed the ruined shell of Carriage 353.  Find about the history of the vehicle, how and why the restoration took place, and then have a go yourself, with expert guidance from the Ffestiniog team. The day includes Carriage 353 restoration project talk and tour with Tim Shields, Project 353 Curator and traditional joinery and hand painting numbers workshops with Ffestiniog Railway.
Tickets: £35/£33

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Depot Open Weekend - We Love Steam!

Date: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April
Time: 11.00 to 17.00 (last admission 16.15)

Join us for our annual spring Open Weekend. We’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the underground in style with the Metropolitan Steam Locomotive No.1 in steam and recently restored Metropolitan Carriage 353 displayed in all its gold leaf glory. Model displays will feature miniatures of the Met No.1, and a Lego representation of Baker Street in 1863. With steam rides on the Acton Miniature Railway, film screenings, hands on workshops, talks, and book signings as well there’s plenty going on down the depot. We’re also pleased to welcome the Ffestiniog Railway team who will be celebrating their 150th anniversary with their narrow gauge train Prince. Come and join the fun!

Family Activities - Drop-in throughout the day  

Make a model steam train Be inspired by the restored Victorian Metropolitan Line carriage 353 and make your own model of a steam train.

Move along please! Decorate a Victorian lady or gent who might have travelled on carriage 353.  Add them to our platform and help us create a crowd from the past!

The above family activities are included in the price of admission. You must purchase an admission ticket to the Depot Open Weekend to take part in these activities.

Tickets: £10/ £8

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Panel Discussion: In the Frame - Stories behind the Posters

Date: Tuesday 23 April 2013
Time:  18.30 – 20.30
Location: Cubic Theatre
Join broadcaster and BBC London Radio presenter, Robert Elms, and the expert panel who selected the 150 exhibition posters, for an evening of conversation and film during which the panel explain how and why these posters made the cut, and also reveal their favourite posters from the whole exhibition. The evening will consist of two short films each followed by a panel conversation to delve into the history and background of poster art and design on the Underground and explore the role of commissioners and commissioning. To round off the evening there will also be the opportunity for a Q&A with members of the poster exhibition selection panel

The In the Frame audience can enjoy a 20% discount on the purchase of an exhibition catalogue and 20% off any Transport for London and/or London Transport Museum commissioned posters with your event ticket on the night of the event. Your ticket also will also allow you entry to the Museum and the Poster Art 150 exhibition until 18.00 on Tuesday 23 April and until 23 May 2013.

Tickets: Foyer tickets available at £10 (£8 concessions) - includes one free drink

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Friday Late - Brightest London

Date:  Friday 17 May
Time:  18.45 to 22.00

Visitors can enjoy twilight tours of the Museum’s latest exhibition Poster Art 150 - London Underground’s Greatest Designs, and listen to author Andrew Martin discussing his latest book Underground, Overground - an anecdotal and humorous take on the history of the London Underground from the passengers’ perspective; perfect for the non-trainspotter. Get quizzical with the Brightest London quiz and unleash your creative side with make-and-take workshops – create a small botanical inspired papercut with artist Claire Brewster, or screen print spring and Brightest London poster inspired designs on to canvas bags with Artyard Handmade. See some of the posters in the Museum’s poster parade display brought to life with short animated films by students from Central Saint Martins and dress up for a photoshoot to recreate the Brightest London poster – come glammed up with fabulous dresses and shawls, top hats and bow ties and join in the quiz.

The exhibition, Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs features a dazzling variety of poster styles, showcasing designs from the late 19th century to the present, created to advertise the London Underground. Selected by a panel of art and design experts and historians, 150 of the best designs are displayed in themes ranging from days out in the city and London’s countryside, to famous capital landmarks and events. Featured posters also show how the Underground has kept London on the move with improvements in reliability, frequency and new technology. Posters on way-finding and etiquette show us how passengers have navigated the Tube. The public will be able to vote for their favourite posters in the Siemens Poster Vote at the exhibition and online. The most popular posters will be revealed at the end of the exhibition.

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

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Walk the Original Line

Dates 22 and 23 June
Time 17.00 -19.30

Join Mark Mason, author of Walk the Lines and consummate purveyor of Underground and London trivia as he takes you back in time to the building of the world’s first underground railway line. The first walk will follow the route of the Metropolitan line from Paddington to Euston. On Day Two the walk will take you from Euston to Farringdon. Meeting details will be sent with your ticket.

Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions)


Semi-Detached Holden – Holden’s stations and the new suburbs

Dates: 29 June (14.00-17.30) and 6 July (10.30 -14.00)

Charles Holden was responsible for the design of a remarkable series of stations in the early 1930s creating a distinctive ‘house-style’ for the Underground’s Piccadilly line extension stations in north and west London. These stations are now recognised as the best examples of the restrained style of ‘British Modernism’.

This tour starts at Oakwood and visits the futuristic Southgate and the iconic Arnos Grove.   Considering the elements of the ‘Holden style’, we will explore how all aspects of the functioning of a busy tube station were dealt with in the design.

To compare Holden’s work and place it in its local context, we will visit some contemporary buildings, of different styles near to the stations, and relate the impact on the locality of the arrival of ‘the Tube’.

Tours include an hour’s optional walk through Arnos Park to some modernist housing

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)

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Brightest London

Date: Friday 17 May
Time: 18.45 to 22.00

Visitors can enjoy twilight tours of the Museum’s latest exhibition Poster Art 150 - London Underground’s Greatest Designs, and listen to author Andrew Martin discussing his latest book Underground, Overground - an anecdotal and humorous take on the history of the London Underground from the passengers’ perspective; perfect for the non-trainspotter.


  • Brightest London quiz
  • Creative make-and-take workshops
  • Central Saint Martins short animated films
  • Fancy-dress Photoshoots
  • Fully Licensed Bar
Get quizzical with the Brightest London quiz and unleash your creative side with make-and-take workshops – create a small botanical inspired papercut with artist Claire Brewster, or screen print spring and Brightest London poster inspired designs on to canvas bags with Artyard Handmade. See some of the posters in the Museum’s poster parade display brought to life with short animated films by students from Central Saint Martins and dress up for a photoshoot to recreate the Brightest London poster – come glammed up with fabulous dresses and shawls, top hats and bow ties and join in the quiz.

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Friday Late Tickets: £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)


Walking Tour - Walk the District Line: Victoria to Embankment

Dates 17 and 18 August
Time 14.00 – 16.00

Join Mark Mason on a walk from Victoria to Embankment for a fun trivia-packed section of London's second-oldest Tube line. Taking in the Unknown Warrior, Dame Nellie Melba and one of the original 'Mind the Gap' voice artists, learn why Westminster Bridge is painted green, why James I used to let his elephants drink wine in St James's Park, and why David Lloyd George couldn't tie his own shoelaces. Discover an original vintage Tube map and a secret place from which you can spy on District Line trains, the story of the curiously-titled Of Alley, and an incredible trick you can play with Big Ben and a portable radio.

Tickets: £15/ £13

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Poster Playground: Siemens' Friday Late

Date: Friday 20 September
Time: 18.45 - 22.00

  • Wandering magician and Victorian-style fortune telling
  • Balloon sculptures by Miss Ballooniverse
  • Giant games and face-painting
  • Make-and-take playing-card design workshop
  • Scavenger hunt and Poster Playground quiz
  • Evening viewing of the Poster Art 150 exhibition with guided tours
  • The Siemens Inspiro cocktail 2-for-1
  • Unique 3D street art in Covent Garden Piazza
Celebrate the extension to London Transport Museum’s Poster Art 150: London Underground’s Greatest Designs exhibition join in the special Siemens Poster Playground Friday late on 20 September.

Revellers can enjoy guided twilight tours of the Poster Art 150 exhibition, which is sponsored by Siemens and has been extended by popular demand until 5 January 2014. Have your photo taken on giant 3D street art outside in Covent Garden Piazza; join in with giant games, a scavenger hunt and the Poster Playground quiz; have your face painted with transport inspired designs, make fun-sized playing cards and meet the colourful Miss Ballooniverse as she creates fantastic balloon sculptures for guests to keep. And enjoy curator-led tours of some of the posters that got away – the ones that didn’t make it into the final selection for the Poster Art 150 exhibition.

What’s more, you can visit a traditional fortune teller to see what the future has in store for you and be spellbound by our wandering magician as you find out what tricks he has up his sleeves. There will also be a short talk about some of the Poster Art 150 posters, music and a bar.

Don’t forget to choose your favourite Poster Art 150 poster in the Siemens Poster vote and sample the specially created Inspiro cocktail, named after Siemens’ visionary idea for how trains might look in the future, with an exclusive 2-for-1 offer.

The exhibition and Poster Playground Friday Late has been sponsored by Siemens a part of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground celebrations.

Poster Playground Scavenger hunt

Thanks for taking part in our Poster Playground Scavenger hunt, we hope you had fun! The answers are here:

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And if you’d like to win a prize, you’ve got two weeks to upload your most exciting and creative pictures to our Poster Playground Flickr Group!

Upload your favourite pictures by 5pm on 4 October 2013. Our favourite will win a London Transport Museum goody bag! Winners will be notified by Flickr Mail by Friday 11 October 2013.


£8 adult (£6 concession) Over 18s only

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The Ultimate Guide To Secret London

Date: Thursday 10 October 2013
Time: 18.00-20.30 (Talk starts at 18.30)

Matt Brown, Editor of London website, will share his knowledge of little known and unconsidered places and spaces in the Capital. From a haunted plague pit beneath London Bridge to the lights above Piccadilly Circus, Matt’s got the low down on London’s hidden side. The talk takes place on the top floor of London Underground's landmark headquarters at 55 Broadway, a room with a view that the public rarely gets to see.

£15 adult (£12 concession)

Ticket Price includes:

  • A drink on arrival
  • A return visit to the London Transport Museum within a month of the talk

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Tube150 Behind the Scenes Week

Date: 28-30 October

From Monday to Wednesday we have a range of creative workshops and tours taking place at the Museum Depot, plus the chance to get in the driver’s seat on some of our vehicles. Every activity includes a visit to the newly restored Metropolitan Jubilee Carriage 353. With something happening for all ages, book your place today!

Please note, you must book in advance to attend any of the activities during the week.


Tube 150: Behind the Scenes Week - Adult workshops

Date: 28-31 October

Tickets can be booked online or via our booking office on 020 7565 7298.

Photography Classes with The Mango Lab

Date: Monday 28 October
Time: 14.30–18.00
Description: The team from The Mango Lab return with a workshop exploring the museum depot through the medium of photography. With exclusive access to the vehicle collection, you will learn how to take photographs in different lighting conditions, as well as developing skills to tell stories through your photography. Includes a special tour of Carriage 353. Participants must have their own digital camera. Over 16s only.
Tickets: £35 adult, (£33 concession) - A combined ticket for the workshop session and entry to the Photography Evening (below) are available priced at £45 (£41 conc.). Please call 020 7565 7298 to book your combined ticket.

Photography Evening

Date: Monday 28 October
Time: 19.00–21.30
Description: Come and get a shot of our wonderful heritage vehicle collection without anyone getting in the way. An exclusive event for a limited number of people, this event is ideal for train enthusiasts. We’ll leave you to it as we open the doors and let you start snapping! The newly restored Met No.1 and Carriage 353 will be on display.
Tickets: £20 adult, (£18 concession) - A combined ticket for the workshop session (above) and entry to the Photography Evening are available priced at £45 (£41 conc.). Please call 020 7565 7298 to book your combined ticket.

Animate this!

Date: Tuesday 29 October
Time: Afternoon
Description: Calling all budding animators! Join us at the depot for a stop frame animation workshop exploring the stories behind our collection. Be inspired by historic and unfamiliar designs including, carriage 353, and share your vision for the future of travel by creating your own short film. No previous experience required and all equipment is provided on the day. This workshop is for people aged 16 -24 only.
Tickets: Free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance

Cab It Day!

Date: Wednesday 30 October
Description: Our popular cab it day is back. It’s your chance to get in the driver’s seat and see things from a new perspective. Experience underground trains from the driver’s cab, in a variety of vehicles, including the recently decommissioned A-stock, and take a closer look at Carriage 353. Places are limited, so book early!
Tickets: £20 adult, (£18 concession)

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Tube 150: Behind the Scenes Week - Family workshops

Date: 28-31 October

Tickets can be booked online or via our booking office on 020 7565 7298.

Travelling Time Capsules

Date: Monday 28 October
Time: 14.00–16.00
Description: In this creative workshop, design your own travelling time capsule to tell future travellers how we get around London today.  Be inspired by our collections and capture your experiences and memories through mixed media.  Don’t forget to bring along your ideas, photos, and any other memento of modern public transport – be as imaginative as you like! Suitable for children of all ages with their parents or carers.
Tickets: FREE (Advance booking required. Maximum 20 people per workshop)

Depot explorers: family tours

Date: Monday 28 October and Tuesday 29 October
Time: 12.30–13.30 and 16.00–17.00
Description: Go behind the scenes on a special family tour of the depot.  Hear about the Victorian train carriage that used to be somebody’s home, see a special Underground train the Queen once drove, and board a 75-year-old tube train. Suitable for children aged 5–15 with their parents or carers.
Tickets: £3 (Advance booking required. Maximum 15 people per tour)

Snapshots of the future

Date: Tuesday 29 October
Time: 14.00–16.00
Description: Develop your creative photography skills with experts from MangoLab.  Let the transport of the past fuel your imagination, and design a ‘future probe’ kit to prepare yourself for travel in the future.  Have a go at ‘story-cubing’ to create collaborative photographic stories.  Bring your own smartphone or camera. Suitable for children aged 8 + with their parents or carers.
Tickets: FREE (Advance booking required. Maximum 20 people per workshop)

Cab it! Family tours

Date: Wednesday 30 October
Time: 14.00–15.30 and 15.30–17.00
Description: A rare chance to get into the driving seat of our historic trains at London Transport Museum’s Depot.  Travel through time and see what it’s like to be the driver of a Victorian steam train, a tube train from 1938, a recent A-stock Metropolitan line train and more. Please note: these are historic vehicles and many have restricted access including steps and tight spaces. Suitable for children aged 5 – 15 with their parents or carers.
Tickets: £4 (Advance booking required. Maximum 12 people per tour)


Talk: Frank Pick’s London

Date: Monday 4 November 2013
Time: 18.30-20.00

Frank Pick changed the face of London in the twentieth century through innovative design.. Described by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘the greatest patron of the arts whom this century has produced in England’, he was managing director of the Underground in the 1920s and the first chief executive of London Transport from 1933-40. Pick’s passion was for good applied design in everything from posters and graphics to station architecture, from bus engineering to tube trains, giving London the best public transport system in the world.

Oliver Green is London Transport Museum’s former Head Curator and now its Research Fellow. In this talk he will be introducing his new book Frank Pick’s London: art, design and the modern city, published by the Victoria & Albert Museum in association with London Transport Museum. The book will be available at the event for purchase and signing.

£10 adult (£8 concession)

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Poems on the Underground

Date: Tuesday 5 November
Time: 18.30-20.30

An exciting mix of poetry, music and film celebrating the 150th anniversary of London Underground.

Come and join John Hegley, train buff, poet and comedian and fellow poet Cicely Herbert, as they read a selection of poems celebrating London and trains. The Apollo Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Chernaik, provides the music, performing ‘Betjeman’s London,’  - a series of London poems by Betjeman set to music by Jim Parker.

The evening also features archive Underground film clips and extracts and a screening of the iconic 1936 Southern Railway film ‘The Way to the Sea.’ With a complimentary drink with your ticket, this evening promises to be a delight for all the senses.

£15 adult (£12 concession)
Price includes one drink after the performance and chance to buy books and CDs

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1938 Tube stock on the Piccadilly line

Date: Sunday 29 September 2013

We have a new opportunity to travel on the west end of the Piccadilly line in September with our Art Deco tube train.  The train will travel from Acton Town to Heathrow, going round the Heathrow loop by visiting Terminals 4, 123 and 5, reverse in the sidings and returning back to Acton Town.


12:35     Acton Town (platform 1)
13:06     Heathrow Terminal 4
13:12     Heathrow Terminals 123
13:18     Heathrow Terminal 5
13:56     Acton Town (platform 4)


Tickets for this journey are priced at £20 per person. Due to popularity early booking is advised. Tickets can be booked online or via our booking office on 020 7565 7298.

As with the nature of running heritage trains, journey times may be changed or cancelled at short notice.


The Dethroned 'King of the Underground'

The rise and fall of Sir Edgar Speyer 

Date: Tuesday 19 November
Time: 18.30-20.00

In 1902 Edgar Speyer (1862-1932) co-founded and from 1905 chaired the UERL (Underground Electric Railways Company of London), the syndicate which financed the construction of London`s deep-level tube lines and was soon running the whole Underground network. Described as "King of the Underground", by 1914 Speyer controlled London`s entire transport system.

A generous philanthropist, he rescued the ‘Proms’ from bankruptcy and ensured their survival by subsidising them himself. He also organised the fund-raising for Captain Scott’s expeditions. He was a friend of Prime Minister Asquith, who secured for him a baronetcy and membership of the Privy Council.  

All this changed with the First World War. A naturalised British subject of German parentage, Speyer became the immediate object of a relentless press and political campaign to hound him out of public life. He took refuge in America in 1915.  In 1921 a judicial tribunal found him guilty of disloyalty and disaffection. He was stripped of his citizenship and his name was struck from the Privy Council roll. Tony Lentin explores the rise and fall of Sir Edgar Speyer, `a minor tragedy of the war’. 

Tony Lentin is a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge, a former Professor of History and law tutor at the Open University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a barrister. His books include Guilt at Versailles: Lloyd George and the Pre-History of Appeasement (1985), Lloyd George and the Lost Peace (2001), The Last Political Law Lord: Lord Sumner (1859-1934) (2009) and General Smuts (2010). His latest book is Banker, Traitor, Scapegoat, Spy? The Troublesome Case of Sir Edgar Speyer (Haus Publishing, 2013) and he will be available for book-signing from 19.30.

Further information:

Tony Lentin discusses Edgar Speyer on the Robert Elms radio show:Listen Now

£10 adult (£8 concession)


Friday Late: A Logo for London

Date: 29 November 2013
Time: 18.45 - 22.00

Join us for a late night celebration of London’s favourite symbol – the roundel – one of the world’s most famous icons. David Lawrence, author of the recently published book, A Logo for London, will be guiding you through the roundel’s evolution and how it has come to represent not only London’s transport network but also the city itself, and how it is often perceived as being ‘cool’, with its use extended to other fields including fashion, pop music and counter-culture.

Make edible Roundels for your Christmas Tree with The Bicuiteers

Guinness World Record Holder, Geoff Marshall will be talking about his recent feat visiting all the Tube stations in record time. Quizmaster Andy Thompson is back to catch you out with a Tube themed quiz, you can make your own roundel inspired Christmas tree decorations and sample our fabulous new cocktail.

With tours of our current special exhibition PosterArt 150, live music from our house band The Relics, and balloon sculptures from the quirky Miss Ballooniverse, it promises to be a sparkling evening.

September 2013 Friday Late: Poster Playground

£8 adult (£6 concession)


Aldwych Underground Station Tours

Dates: 7 November - 1 December 2013

Deep below the streets of London lie the disused platforms and tunnels the disused Aldwych Underground Station. Usually closed to the public, London Transport Museum has arranged public tours to take place in November 2013.

Aldwych is one of London’s mysterious places, holding secrets and memories of London’s forgotten life and work underground. It opened to the public in 1907 was never heavily used as originally intended and closed nearly 100 years later in 1994.The station has had a varied history; it provided shelter to Londoners during the Blitz and has been used for film shoots including Patriot Game, Mr Selfridge and Atonement.

The tours start on 7 November and will involve groups of up to 40 people being escorted by volunteer tour guides into the ticket hall and then down to the platforms and inter-connecting walkways – including some that have very rarely been seen by the public.

£25 adult (£20 concession)

Tickets must be booked in advance by booking online or calling 020 7565 7298.

All tickets include a free entry to London Transport Museum to be used within one month of the stated Aldwych station tour date and 10% off items in the Covent Garden shop for up to a month after their visit (on production of a valid ticket).

Important access information

  • Access to the platform is by staircase only and there is no working lift in operation. 160 stairs connect the ticket hall level to the platform level - there is no step-free access.
  • Visitors should wear sturdy shoes. Guests wearing open toe sandals, shoes or high-heels will be refused entry due to a health and safety requirements.
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    Tube150 Behind the Scenes at Acton Depot

    Date: 28-30 October and 1-3 November 2013
    Time: Doors open at 11:00am

    Join us for our behind-the-scenes events at Acton Depot as we continue to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the London Underground.


    Tube150 Behind the Scenes Open Weekend

    Date: 1-3 November

    This year we have a three day Acton Open Weekend with doors opening on Friday 1 November. Visitors will be able to explore the Depot’s impressive historic collection of over 400,000 objects with posters and artworks – which form one of the most important collections of graphic art in the world – engineering drawings, signs and ephemera and our marvellous collection of historic road and rail vehicles.

    As well as having a rare opportunity to explore the Museum’s treasures there will also be a number of activities for families and adults to enjoy throughout the three day Open Weekend. These include:

  • Creative workshops and activities for families and for adults
  • Miniature tram rides
  • Miniature railway rides
  • Talks and film screenings
  • Heritage bus rides
  • Artist Ross Ashmore live painting of the Metropolitan Locomotive No.1 and Jubilee Carriage 353
  • Curator-led tours of the small object collection
  • Costumed interpreters  - look out for a Victorian steam train traveller, an 1880 tunnel miner and a 1930s suburban housewife
  • Signalling frame demonstrations – help operate signals using the Westinghouse power frame from Marble Arch which dates back to approximately 1906 and the Westinghouse style N lever frame circa 1936
  • Talk by Ross Ashmore about his project to paint pictures of all London Underground stations
  • You can add your photographs of the Depot Open Weekend to our Flickr group; the one that gets the most “likes” will win a prize.
  • Retail from the Acton shop including decommissioned original luggage racks, train models from Bachmann, Hornby and Exclusive First Editions.

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Open Weekend Activities

Storytelling: Sally Steam and her time machine
Time: 11.30 and 14.00
Sally Steam longs for some excitement – and her wish is granted when she meets time-travelling carriage 353.  Join Sally as she hurtles through time to meet all sorts of characters, and even has an encounter with royalty!  Help tell the story with songs and actions. Drop-in, suitable for children of all ages with their parents or carers.

Transport yourself into the future!
Time: 11.45 – 16.30
Imagine what travel around London might look like in the future and create your own 2D models of vehicles, passengers and use your ideas about futuristic transportation – your imagination is the limit!  Then make your creations come to life with stop-frame animation specialists Chocolate Films.  Your creation could make it into a film to be displayed at London Transport Museum. Drop-in, suitable for children of all ages with their parents or carers.

Flickr Photo Challenge
Explore the hidden treasures of the Depot on this Flickr trail.  Take your own creative snaps to answer the ‘clues’, and be as imaginative as you can!  Upload your masterpieces to our Flickr stream.  Will your photograph be the most popular and win a goody bag?  Bring your own camera or smartphone. Self-guided, suitable for families, young people and adults.

Sending the right Signals
Discover how signalling works by building your own working Lego signalling track. Get hands-on with engineering behind the scenes by exploring the signalling handling trolley and meeting TfL signalling engineers.

Open Weekend Tickets

£10.00 Adult, £8.00 concessions

Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Depot. Children under 16 free. Tickets are valid for entry on all 3 days of the Open Weekend.


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Underground: 70 years on Film

Date: Sundays 10, 17, 24 November and 1 December
Time: 15.00-17.00

Tickets can be booked online or via our booking office on 020 7565 7298. Those holding an Annual Museum Ticket are entitled to free entry, however these tickets are limited and must be booked by phone.

Underground (1928)

Date: Sunday 10 November
We continue to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground with the BFI’s restoration of Anthony Asquith’s subterranean tale of love, jealousy and murder. Neil Brand’s orchestral score, recorded live in 2012, perfectly complements the film’s richly detailed evocation of 1920s London and Tube travel. The screening includes an introduction by Curator Simon Murphy and DVDs of this film will be on sale in the Museum shop.
Tickets: Free with Annual Museum Ticket or £5 adult.

London Transport Cine-Gazette films 1 to 8 (1947-1949)

Date: Sunday 17 November
A rare opportunity to see this group of London Transport staff newsreel films from the London Transport Films Section. From experimental buses and trains, new canteens and radio systems and sports roundups, the Cine-Gazette series was intended to keep LT’s 100,000 staff informed of developments in the organisation.
Tickets: Free with Annual Museum Ticket or £5 adult.

Victoria Line Report series, British Transport Films (1962–1969)

Date: Sunday 24 November
A comprehensive record of London’s biggest civil engineering project of the 1960s, the Victoria Line Report films cover the years of work in four accessible themed films, from the early tunnelling work to the finishing touches in stations and the ground-breaking automatic train operating system. Now available on DVD from the BFI.
Tickets: Free with Annual Museum Ticket or £5 adult.

Jubilee Line Extension Project video reports (1993–1999)

Date: Sunday 1 December
Much like the filmed record of the Victoria line thirty years before, Surrey Media Services were commissioned to record the construction of an extension to the Jubilee line from Green Park to Stratford. Video updates were produced quarterly for the six years of work, again including a new signalling and control system. These videos were circulated within the Underground, and to the media, but have never had public screenings until now.
Tickets: Free with Annual Museum Ticket or £5 adult.

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Panel discussion: Oh Dr Beeching – what have you done? 

Date: Monday 2 December 2013
Time: 18.30 – 20.15

In 1963, the British Railways Board published the Beeching Report on the reorganisation of Britain’s rail network which was to result in the closure of 6,000 miles of line and over 2,000 stations. Despite a number of suburban lines being included in the report, London escaped significant cutbacks, with the North London Line surviving to be transformed into the busy and successful London Overground route created by Transport for London in 2007. Join our panel of experts to find out what British Rail’s thinking was, why London fought against the cuts and how the Overground survived to achieve its current success.

The panel:

  • Emma Hogan, Britain correspondent at the Economist, (Panel Chair)
  • Wayne Asher, author of A Very Political Railway: A History of the North London Line post 1945 (due to be published early 2014)
  • Jonathan Roberts, transport public policy consultant
  • Chris Austin, former Director of British Rail Policy
You can download our audio walking tours to discover the local areas along the London Overground line, from Dalston Junction to New Cross.

£10 adult (£8 concession)

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Uxbridge Heritage Steam Rides

Relive steam travel on the Uxbridge branch of the London Underground Metropolitan line. Final heritage rides of 2013

Date: Sunday 8 December 2013

On Sunday 8 December 2013, for the first time since 1992 and possibly the last time ever, London Transport Museum will be running steam trains to Uxbridge along the Metropolitan line. Recently restored Metropolitan Locomotive No.1 and the Victorian ‘Jubilee’ carriage 353 will team up for the last time this year in a fitting finale to the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.

These special journeys will take place between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Uxbridge and are a rare opportunity to experience steam along this particular route and the last time this is likely to happen on this section of the line. Metropolitan Loco No.1 will pull the train from Harrow-on-the-Hill to Uxbridge, while passengers have the chance to witness the power of a Class 20 diesel on the return leg. They can choose between travelling on the meticulously restored 1892 ‘Jubilee’ Carriage 353 or London Transport Museum’s 1950s ex-British Rail 4TC coaches.

Journey times and Tickets

There will be five trips in total which will be steam hauled from Harrow to Uxbridge and Diesel hauled from Uxbridge to Harrow (the return part of the journey)

Times on Sunday 8 December: 10.50, 11.50, 12.50, 13.50, 14.50, 15:50

Ticket prices includes a free limited edition souvenir brochure. Children under the age of 3 can travel free of charge, but will need to sit on their parent or guardian’s lap.

Travel in Metropolitan ‘Jubilee’ carriage 353: £25
Please note that children under the age of 11 are not allowed to travel in the 353 coach

Travel in Former British Railways 1950s 4TC carriages: £15