London Transport Museum is adding an exclusive new tour of Shepherd’s Bush Underground station to its popular Hidden London series, which takes ticket holders to fascinating secret locations across the capital’s Underground network that are usually off limits to the public.
For the first time, people will be able to explore historic sections of the original Shepherd’s Bush station dating to 1900 that lie concealed behind doorways and grilles of the modern day station.
Stepping through these secret gateways to the past, visitors will see examples of early Central line station design features – such as corridors and lift shafts lined with the station’s original white glass tiles.
As they explore, guests will learn why Shepherd’s Bush was once west London’s most important transport hub and discover what the station’s early 20th century ticketing system had in common with today’s Oyster card.
The new tour will be the first Hidden London location on the Central line, with expert guides ready to impart fascinating stories about London’s third oldest deep-level railway and its evolution over the years to accommodate today’s Londoners.
In-person tours of the disused sections of Euston, Moorgate and Piccadilly Circus Underground stations will also go on sale, offering visitors the chance to go where few have ventured before and explore underground locations with unique stories to tell about London’s past.
The new tour season includes locations featured in UKTV’s popular TV Secrets of the London Underground series, as seen on the Yesterday channel.
Led by expert guides with a wealth of fascinating facts and tales to share about these forgotten parts of the London Underground, visitors will explore disused tunnels, platforms and lift shafts that lie concealed just a stone’s throw away from unknowing modern-day commuters.
Tours for Shepherd’s Bush Underground station will run from October 5-30, with more tour dates to be announced later in the year.
Tickets go on public sale Wednesday August 3 via ltmuseum.co.uk/hidden-london
Pictured: A tour of Shepherd’s Bush Underground station has been added to the London Transport Museum’s popular Hidden London series
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