Clapham South

Explore one of London’s deep-level shelters

Clapham South: Subterranean shelter

Dates: February - March
Duration: 75 mins
Location: Clapham South deep-level shelter
Tickets: Adult £35.00, Concessions £30.00, Matinee £30.00*

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Journey 11 stories underground to explore one of eight deep-level shelters that exist below the streets of London.

Opened to the public in July 1944, Clapham South deep-level shelter has over a mile of subterranean passageways that reveal the extraordinary stories of those who sheltered here, from Londoners seeking refuge during the Second World War, to hopeful Caribbean migrants arriving on the Empire Windrush, and even thrifty visitors to the Festival of Britain.

Clapham South: Subterranean shelter tours will be run on Wednesdays - Sundays between 28 February and 29 March. Matinee tickets are available for tours taking place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays starting before 16:00. To find out more about what tours are available, please click the book now button above.

* Your ticket price includes a Clapham South  station tour, as well as a half-price** one-day pass to London Transport Museum and 10% off all Hidden London-inspired products at our shop, valid within one month of your Hidden London event date. Booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies. **Applies to on the door price. Full terms and conditions.

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Hear from the people who sheltered at Clapham

Clapham South: Tour & film clip

Dates: February - March
Duration: 105 mins
Location: Clapham South deep-level shelter
Tickets: Sold out

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Almost a mile of winding tunnels at Clapham South deep-level shelter provided shelter for Londoners during the Blitz, Windrush migrants and even thrifty Festival of Britain visitors.

Join our special Hidden London package to hear from some of the people who sheltered here through a collection of film clips curated by London Transport Museum curators, including first-hand oral histories from people who sheltered here during German V1 and V2 rocket attacks.

Clapham South: Subterranean shelter tour & film clip tours will be run on Fridays between 28 February and 27 March. To find out more about what tours are available, please click the book now button above.

* Your ticket price includes a Clpahm South station tour, as well as a half-price** one-day pass to London Transport Museum and 10% off all Hidden London-inspired products at our shop, valid within one month of your Hidden London event date. Booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies. **Applies to on the door price. Full terms and conditions.

Siddy Holloway, Hidden London Engagement Manager, talks to London Live about Hidden London Tours and the Clapham South Deep Level Shelter and members of the Windrush generation who sheltered there after their arrival in London in 1948 (June 2018)


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Why not combine your ticket with one of our exclusive Hidden London-inspired products - now available to buy online and in London Transport Museum shop in Covent Garden.

Each Hidden London ticket entitles the holder to a 10% discount on all Hidden London merchandise at our shop, online and in store, within one month of your Hidden London event date. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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Please note

  • Children under 14 years of age are not permitted onto the tours due to health and safety restrictions & the tour narrative being designed for an adult audience.
  • Visitors must wear flat sturdy shoes. Guests wearing open toe sandals or shoes, or high-heels, will be refused entry due to health and safety restrictions.
  • Hidden London Clapham South tours are approximately 75 minutes long. If you have booked the film clip package, the film clip is approximately 30 minutes long additionally.
  • There are 22 places available on each tour.
  • There are 180 steps connecting the street level entrance and tour level. There is no step-free access and no working lift on site.
  • There are no public toilet facilities available once on the tour.
  • We request that all guests meet at the exit of Clapham South Underground station, 15 minutes before the tour time shown on their ticket.
  • A member of the Hidden London team will welcome and register you on the tour, talk through the Health & Safety requirements, issue guests with a wristband and check that everyone has the appropriate footwear.
  • You will be sent an event reminder email up to a week before your event with all the information you will need to arrive on time and enjoy the tour. You will be sent an event reminder email up to a week before your event with all the information you need to arrive on time and enjoy the tour.
  • Upon purchase, you will receive your ticket(s) via email to the email address you provided. It is your responsibility to check the accuracy of the details in advance of your booking as mistakes cannot always be rectified, especially at short notice. Please contact London Transport Museum if your contact details change after you purchase your ticket(s).

Contact us

For Hidden London enquiries please contact the Museum booking office.

Tel: +44 (0)343 222 5000 (open 10.00 to 17.30 daily)
Email: [email protected]

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