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Down Street

Experience the warren of tunnels where Churchill sheltered

Down Street: Churchill's Secret Station

Dates: June – August
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Down Street, W1J 7AS
Tickets*: Adult £85, Concessions £80

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Get an intimate peek into one of London’s most intriguing hidden spaces.

Located in Mayfair between Hyde Park Corner and Green Park stations, Down Street had a short life as a working station from 1907 to 1932 but became critical to winning the Second World War when covertly transformed into the Railway Executive Committee's bomb-proof headquarters.

Experience the warren of narrow tunnels where the nation's railways were coordinated, and where Prime Minister Winston Churchill secretly took refuge at the height of the Blitz.

Down Street: Churchill's Secret Station tours will be run on Mondays – Sundays between 10 June and 23 July and on 26 and 27 August. Please click the Book now button to find out what tours are available

What our visitors say...

"Amazing evening yesterday experiencing the old disused London Underground tunnel at Down Street. The @ltmuseum tour which which around the old rooms talked through how the site was used in the Second World War and what went on there. Some proper history!"

"Amazing place to visit with the most fantastic tour guides of Hidden London"

* Your ticket price includes a Down Street station tour, a free 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.

These offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies. Full terms and conditions.

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Add a lunch package

Book one of our special Hidden London and lunch packages to see the tunnels below Down Street station where Churchill took refuge in the Second World War before making your way to a nearby restaurant a lunch. Choose from a meal and glass of wine at the Ormer Restaurant at the Flemings Hotel or tapas and a soft drink at El Pirata of Mayfair.

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Ormer restaurant lunch

Dates: 10, 15, 17 and 22 July
Tour duration: 90 minutes
Location: Down Street, W1J 7AS, Ormer Mayfair, Flemings Mayfair Hotel, W1J 7BH
Tickets*: Adult £106.50, Concessions £101.50

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Once you’ve finished your Down Street tour, head to the luxury boutique Flemings Hotel to enjoy a main course and a glass of wine**.

* Your ticket price includes a Down Street station tour, a main course and glass of house wine or soft drink alternative (**no alcohol will be served to under-18s) at the Ormer Restaurant, a free 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.

These offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies. Full terms and conditions.

Down Street Tapas Pirata Block

Tapas at El Pirata

Dates: 22 - 23 June, 20 - 21 July, 26 August
Tour duration: 90 minutes
Location: Down Street, W1J 7AS, El Pirata of Mayfair, W1J 7AQ
Tickets*: Adult £97, Concessions £92

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Enjoy a tapas lunch at El Pirata once you’ve discovered Down Street. Choose two tapas from the set menu and a soft drink.

* Your ticket price includes a Down Street station tour, a choice of 2 tapas and a soft drink at El Pirata, a free 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.

These offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies. Full terms and conditions.

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Indulge in afternoon tea

Down Street: Tour and tea

Dates: June - August
Tour duration: 90 minutes
Location: Down Street, W1J 7AS and Galvin at The Athenaeum, W1J 7BJ
Tickets*: Adult £124, Concessions £119

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Make a day of it with a tour and afternoon tea package. Discover the narrow tunnels below ground before making your way to The Athenaeum Hotel for afternoon tea at Galvin at the Athenaeum. Indulge in sandwiches, cakes, pastries, scones accompanied with artisan teas and coffee (or upgrade to a glass of champagne for an extra £10).

Down Street and afternoon tea packages will be run on Thursdays and Sundays between 11 June and 23 July and on 27 August. Please click the Book now button to find out what tours are available.

* Your ticket price includes a Down Street station tour, afternoon tea at Alvin at the Athenaeum, a free 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.

These offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies. Full terms and conditions.


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Hidden London shop

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

Tour

  • 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.
  • There are 12 places available on each tour.
  • There will be no cloakroom or toilet facilities available during the tour.
  • 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.
  • There are 122 stairs connecting ground and platform level. There is no step-free access to the tour, and there is no lift on site.
  • We request that all guests meet at the Hyde Park Suite, Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, W1J 7BJ, 15 minutes before the tour time shown on your 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. Each member of your group must bring photographic proof of ID along with your ticket to be permitted entry.
  • Upon purchase, you will receive your ticket(s) via email to the email address you provided. This may take up to 24 hours. If you have not received your e-ticket(s) after 24 hours, please check your junk mail folder and if you have still not received confirmation, contact the Museum booking office on +44 (0) 343 222 5000 or email [email protected]
  • 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. Please contact London Transport Museum if your contact details change after you purchase your ticket(s).

Ormer Restaurant lunch

  • Please read the above notes for the tour portion of your event.
  • At the time of purchasing your ticket, you will be automatically booked into the Ormer Mayfair restaurant at Flemings Hotel directly after your tour.
  • Please arrive at the hotel after your tour between 12.30 and 12.45. Your table will be reserved until 13.00. If you arrive after this time you may be refused entry.
  • Present your Hidden London tour ticket at Ormer Mayfair, as the ticket entitles you to a main course with a glass of house red or white wine or soft drink alternative. No alcohol will be served to any guests under the age of 18.

Tapas lunch

  • Please read the above notes for the tour portion of your event.
  • At the time of purchasing your ticket(s), you will be automatically booked with El Pirata for the tapas lunch.
  • Your table will be reserved for you until 12.45. Please make your way to the restaurant directly after your tour. If you arrive after this time your table cannot be guaranteed.
  • Present your Hidden London ticket(s) at El Pirata on arrival. Your tour ticket entitles you to a choice of 2 tapas and a soft drink from the tapas lunch set menu (the menu may differ slightly due to supplies). Alcohol is not included in this package, but it can be added an additional charge. No alcohol will be served to any guests under the age of 18.

Afternoon tea

  • Please read the above notes for the tour portion of your event.
  • At the time of purchasing your ticket(s), you will be automatically booked with Galvin at the Athenaeum directly after your tour. Please arrive at the hotel directly after your tour between 14.35 and 14.50. Your table will be reserved for you until 15.00. If you arrive after this time your table cannot be guaranteed.
  • Present your Hidden London ticket(s) at Galvin at the Athenaeum on arrival. Your tour ticket entitles you to the afternoon tea. Alcohol is not included in this package, however guests can upgrade at the hotel on the day to include a glass of champagne for an additional £10.00. No alcohol will be served to any guests under the age of 18.

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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