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Piccadilly Circus

See the engineering and architecture marvels at the heart of London

Piccadilly Circus: The heart of London

Dates: May - July
Duration: 75 minutes
Location: Piccadilly Circus station
Tickets*: Adult £41.50, Concessions £36.50

Tours until 31 May have been postponed. Find out more.

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Join us for an exclusive tour of one of the most iconic stations on the London Underground: Piccadilly Circus. Located directly underneath the celebrated landmark, Piccadilly Circus station opened in 1906 serving the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines.

Extensively modernised between 1925 and 1928 to meet passenger demands, the station is an engineering marvel and boasts one of the finest examples of subterranean architecture on the London Underground.

This timeless grade II listed building serves over 40 million passengers a year in style. Redesigned by celebrated architect Charles Holden and reopened in 1928 it was nicknamed the “New Heart of London”.

Visitors will go behind secret doors, to passageways and lift shafts closed to the public since 1929 and discover the original Edwardian design features, the fascinating stories of wartime sheltering and top-secret storage of priceless artefacts. Piccadilly Circus offers a unique perspective of how the London Underground has grown and adjusted to Londoners’ needs for over a century.

Piccadilly Circus: The heart of London tours will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 29 May and 19 July. Please click the Book now button to find out what tours are available.

* Your ticket price includes a Piccadilly Circus station tour, half-price entry (one-day ticket, applies to on the door price) 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.

Hard Rock Cafe - Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus and lunch that rocks!

Piccadilly Circus: tour and lunch

Dates: May - July
Tour duration: 75 mins
Location: Piccadilly Circus station, W1J 9HP and Hard Rock Cafe, Piccadilly, W1J 9HR
Tickets*: Adult £65.00, Concession £60.00

Tours until 31 May have been postponed. Find out more.

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Treat yourself to a meal at the Hard Rock Café Piccadilly Circus after your Piccadilly Circus station tour.

Located directly underneath the celebrated landmark, Piccadilly Circus station opened in 1906 serving the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines. Extensively modernised between 1925-1928 to meet passenger demands, the station is an engineering marvel and boasts one of the finest examples of subterranean architecture on the London Underground.

This timeless grade II listed building serves over 40 million passengers a year in style. Redesigned by celebrated architect Charles Holden and reopened in 1928 it was nicknamed the “New Heart of London”.

You’ll go behind secret doors, to passageways and lift shafts closed to the public since 1929 and discover the original Edwardian design features, the fascinating stories of wartime sheltering and top-secret storage of priceless artefacts. Piccadilly Circus offers a unique perspective of how the London Underground has grown and adjusted to Londoners’ needs for over a century.

Piccadilly Circus: tour & food that rocks packages will be run on Wednesdays and Sundays between 31 May and 12 July. Please click the Book now button to find out what tours are available.

* Your ticket price includes a Piccadilly Circus station tour, half-price entry to London Transport Museum (applies to on-the-door price) 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.


Hidden London Shop

White and green tile-pattern mug with Charing Cross on the inner lip

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.

Hidden London Shop


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 20 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 is no step-free access to the tour, and there is no lift on site.
  • We request that all guests meet at the bottom of the stairs of exit 4 of Piccadilly Circus Underground station 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 high-vis jacket, 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).

Hard Rock meal

  • At the time of purchasing your ticket, your table will be booked by Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus directly after your tour.
  • Please make your way to the restaurant directly after your tour. Your table will be reserved for 15 minutes before it may be released. If you arrive after this time your table cannot be guaranteed.
  • Present your Hidden London tour ticket at Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus which entitles you to the Gold menu. You will have a choice of main courses from Original Legendary Burger, Moving Mountains Burger (vegetarian), Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Twisted Mac Chicken and Cheese, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich or Tupelo Chicken Tenders and a dessert of Chocolate Brownie. You will have the choice of one beverage: soft drink, coffee or tea.

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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