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Dates: October 2019 - January 2021
Location: Global Gallery
Tickets: Free with your Museum admission pass - it's valid for a year, so come back and visit as many times as you want!
Visit an 'abandoned' Tube station underworld and discover what secrets lurk beneath our busy streets in our new Hidden London exhibition, now open!
Hidden London: the Exhibition takes you on an immersive journey of some of London’s most secret spaces in the oldest subterranean railway in the world. These ‘forgotten’ parts of the Tube network have incredible stories to tell about Britain’s wartime past - such as the Plessey aircraft underground factory which had 2,000 members of staff, mostly women, working in the two 2.5 mile-long tunnels on the eastern section of the Central line during the Second World War.
You can enjoy - some for the very first time - the largest number of rare archive photos, objects, vintage posters, secret diagrams and decorative tiles from disused stations that have been brought together in one location.
Discover stories about how Churchill took shelter at the height of the Blitz in the Railway Executive Committee’s bomb-proof headquarters deep underground at Down Street station. See how shelterers at Clapham South lived, where they slept and how they kept entertained, including some archive photos showing shelterers down in the tunnels.
You can also explore other iconic locations which we're recreating in our Global Gallery, including the historic abandoned ticket hall at Aldwych station with an original 1930s ticket booth, and its famous Leslie Green tiles.
Take a sneak peek at some of the objects you'll see...
The exhibition uncovers why these ‘lost’ quirks of the Underground network exist; changes in population, new and expanding Underground lines resulted in lower passenger numbers at certain stations such as Aldwych, economic priorities and political pressures have all led to spaces being abandoned. But they rarely stay that way. While some sections of the Tube system lie ‘forgotten’, many have been repurposed for new activities and are used for special Hidden London tours, growing salad leaves, and for filming locations.
If you're a film buff, you will love exploring the film section, where you can discover the films that use abandoned Tube stations as filming locations, including V for Vendetta and Skyfall.
Official media partner
Discover Britain magazine reveals the iconic history, hidden treasures and rich culture of the British Isles through stunning photography and expert guides.
The exhibition takes place in the Global Gallery which is sponsored by Global, once of the world’s leading media and entertainment groups.
It is Europe’s largest radio company and one of the leading Outdoor companies in both the UK and Europe. We are grateful for Global’s long standing support.
More from Hidden London...
We're excited to announce our new series of Museum Lates. Join us throughout 2020 to enjoy exploring the Museum after hours while learning more about the disused tube stations that inspired the exhibition. You can enjoy talks, a bar, music, fun talks and workshops, and special tours of the exhibition.
Get up to 20% off when you book more than one at once!
The Tube is an ever-expanding network that has left in its wake hidden places and spaces. Hidden London opens up the lost worlds of London’s Underground and offers a fascinating analysis of why Underground spaces have fallen into disuse and how they have been repurposed.
Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground is now available online and in our shop.
Hidden London is our exclusive programme of tours and events at disused stations and secret sites across London. Led by experienced guides, ready to share unusual and little-known stories surrounding the stations’ varied histories, these visits offer an exciting opportunity to explore locations rarely seen by the public.
One of London Underground's most distinguishing features is its tile designs. Some designs are hidden in closed stations, while some you may still see on the network today - and some you can find on our beautiful range of homeware.