It’s time to explore the Secrets of the London Underground

Get ready to set your reminders, as Secrets of the London Underground starts on Yesterday TV on Monday 19 July at 8 pm.

This new six-part series, developed in partnership with London Transport Museum and Yesterday TV, will explore hidden areas of the London Underground that – despite being just feet away from where millions of people regularly travel – hardly anyone knows about.  

The TV series is hosted by Siddy Holloway from London Transport Museum and railway historian Tim Dunn, and during the series, the pair will venture into abandoned tunnels, secret bunkers and hidden staircases that have been concealed from public view for years.  

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Alongside the launch of the new TV series, London Transport Museum is excited to be kick-starting the summer season of its popular Hidden London tours, including a mixture of in-person and virtual tours.

For the first time in over 18 months, the team are excited to be running physical tours again, this time in the unique Kingsway tram tunnels which served Londoners for some 46 years.

Despite its relatively short active life, the Subway underwent several major upgrades, and during each tour, visitors will be able to explore the remaining tunnels and the former Holborn tram station.

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These exclusive in-person tours are running for just six weeks from 12 August. 

Another option for those looking to explore the Capital once again, is to join the Museum’s Secrets of Central London walking tour and see a side of London you’ve never even thought about before.

During the tour, expert guides will describe how the areas around Covent Garden, Kingsway and Victoria Embankment have transformed over the past 200 years since the birth of public transport and how remarkable feats of engineering have shaped the city we know and love today.  

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Alongside its physical tours, the Museum is launching a new virtual tour of York Road station, one of the most beautiful stations on the Piccadilly line during its short working life between 1906 and 1932.

Today, York Road helps act as a ventilation shaft for the Piccadilly line, but was considered as the location for a secret war time bunker for London Transport executives in WW2.

This virtual tour from the comfort of your living room will explore the unique surviving features of this station as well as modifications in never before seen footage.

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The Museum will also continue to run its other popular virtual tours of Euston, Aldwych, Holborn (Kingsway), King William Street and Brompton Road this summer, perfect for London Underground fans to enjoy from anywhere in the UK or overseas.  

Tickets for the next season of tours go on public sale on Friday 9 July. London Transport Museum enewsletter subscribers get early 24 hour access to book tours on Thursday 8 July.

All physical tours will be running with appropriate social distancing requirements in place in order to keep visitors and tour guides safe.  

For more information about the Secrets of the London Underground TV series and Hidden London tour programme visit: ltmuseum.co.uk/secrets 

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