Walking tours

An illustration of Covent Garden from the 1880s

Discover Central London's secrets on our new walking tour

Secrets of Central London

Dates: 30 September - 31 October 2020
Duration: Up to 120 minutes
Location: Meet outside London Transport Museum
Tickets*: Adult £20, Concessions £17.50

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See a side of the City you've never even thought about before.

Discover the secrets of London in our brand new walking tour of Covent Garden, Kingsway, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Victoria Embankment.

Join our expert guides on an tour off the beaten path, down hidden back streets and find hidden secrets you've never even noticed. Find out how the area has transformed over the last 200 years since the birth of public transport, and see abandoned transport infrastructure and remarkable feats of engineering that have shaped London. 

Covent Garden walking tours will be held on Wednesdays through Sundays from 30 September to 31 October at 11:30 and 14:30.

From September 14th 2020 in line with government guidelines for the visitor economy and the ‘Rule of Six’, guided tours of up to 30 guests are permitted.  However LTM has taken the decision to cap numbers on the tour to eight guests.  You may book a maximum of six tickets for the tour.  You will be asked to keep two metres apart from other guests outside your ‘bubble’.

* Your ticket price includes a Covent Garden walking 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.

Station Architecture Tours

Farringdon Station

Explore the City's unique Metropolitan architecture

Gateways to Metroland

Date: 5 May and 4 August
Time: 13:30 (duration 150 minutes)
Location: Meet at Thameslink ticket hall of Farringdon station
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While Charles Holden was developing his world-famous modernist station architecture for the Underground Group in the 1920s and 1930s, the Metropolitan Railway was perfecting its own unique style.

Architect CW Clark designed stations in two distinct designs for locations in the City or suburbs of ‘Metroland’ – areas in the north-west suburbs of London that were built as the Metropolitan Line expanded.

The City stations acted as the ‘gateway’ to these newly built suburbs. Discover some of these stations on this tour, including Farringdon, Great Portland Street and Baker Street.

Learn about the legacy of the Victorian stations along the line and how Clark’s urban designs reflected the distinct character of the Metropolitan Railway.

* Your ticket price includes a Metroland 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.

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Uncover Holden’s bold architectural principles

Holden Goes West

Date: 2 June
Time: 13:30 (duration 2.5 hours)
Location: Meet at Sudbury Town ticket hall
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Uncover the bold architectural principles behind Charles Holden’s Piccadilly line extension. How does design solve the tricky logistical problems posed by busy stations?

Overseen by Frank Pick, Holden’s western Piccadilly line extension stations are today widely regarded as fine examples of British Modernism. Learn about their shared style of ‘fitness for purpose’ as we venture through Sudbury Town, Alperton, Park Royal and Acton Town.

* Your ticket price includes a Holden Goes West 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.


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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

Secrets of Central London

  • Children under 10 years of age are not permitted onto the tour due to the tour content being designed for an audience over the age of 10. Children aged up to 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • There are 20 places available on each tour.
  • The tour takes place across public locations. There will be no cloakroom or toilet facilities available during the tour.
  • The tour is an outside walking tour, so conditions on the tour will be affected by the weather.
  • Please meet outside London Transport Museum 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. 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]

Holden Goes West and CW Clark's Gateways to Metroland

  • Children under 14 years of age are not permitted due to health and safety restrictions & the tour narrative being designed for an adult audience. Children aged up to 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • There are 12 places available on each tour.
  • The tour takes place across public locations. There will be no cloakroom or toilet facilities available during the tour.
  • Please note the ticket price does not include the cost of travel. Please ensure you have sufficient funds available on your Oyster or contactless card, or that you have purchased a travelcard in advance of the tour.
  • These tours are outside walking tours, so conditions on the tour will be affected by the weather, and access to some areas may be restricted due to adverse weather conditions.
  • The tour includes walking and stair climbing and is not accessible for those with mobility issues.
  • Please meet at the specified meeting place above 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]

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