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You Can Buy Tickets to Visit an Abandoned Tube Station

This promises to be creepier than the London Dungeon, and no less brilliant.

Three abandoned tube stations are going to be opened up to the public, for a limited time. Guided tours are on offer for Down Street in Mayfair, which lies between Green Park and Hyde Park Corner, Aldwych station, which lies on the Strand and then finally closed-off sections of Charing Cross.

Down Street will be open from 26 November to 20 December (sadly already sold out despite only going on sale this morning, but you can sign up for returns/updates), Aldwych from 21 January to 21 February (£31.75) and Charing Cross between March and April (also sold out already).

The stations all have a fascinating history. Down Street was closed in 1932 before being used during the Second World War as a bunker for Winston Churchill and his cabinet. Aldwych was shut in 1994 but has been used since then for a variety of films such as Atonement, 28 Weeks Later and V for Vendetta; in addition, one platform was also used as a store for the National Gallery during the War, with the Elgin Marbles amongst many priceless works that briefly lived there. The rest of the station was used as a bomb shelter during the Blitz. Meanwhile, the Charing Cross tour will take in the disused Jubilee Line platforms where filming took place for the likes of Skyfall, the most recent series of 24 and Paddington.

You can get your tickets here, and in the meantime, take a look at some pics in the gallery below and watch a video of Down Street station below that.

(Images: London Transport Museum/Rex)



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