London is a city that possesses one of the most advanced public transport systems in the world. One of the city’s greatest successes is the London Underground. Commuters can access the 32 boroughs of London in a matter of minutes, thus avoiding the city traffic and the high prices imposed for parking space. While most of the city’s tube stations are fully operational, several London Underground stations suffered ghosting throughout the years. In this article, we will explore some of the abandoned tube stations of London and how visitors can explore these historic sites. Here is your guide on how to explore London’s abandoned tube stations.
Let’s rewind to the 19th century where it all began for the evolution of transport in London. The construction of the Metropolitan railway was the beginning of what’s to be the most efficient mode of transportation for both Londoners and visitors to the city.
The foundation of the London Underground shaped modern-day transport across the globe. The city of London is home to several tunnels, and in previous years much of these underground tube was the gateway to much of the town. During World War I, the people of London used the Bakerloo and Central London railway stations as a shelter against air raids.
The first underground railway opened in January 1863 and ran between Paddington and Farringdon. This also happened to be the first of its kind in the world. The gas-operated carriage carried 38,000 passengers on its first day of operation, and it was only uphill from then onwards. Paddington Station is still one of the most popular stations to date and is the gateway to London Heathrow Airport via the London Express. Most of the participating properties of the Best Hotel Rewards Program are strategically appointed to a tube station.
Touring the Abandoned Station
More than 40 of the city’s 270 stations have been abandoned over the past years for varied reasons. However, to ignite people’s curiosity, the London Transport Museum has made it possible for visitors to explore these stations and keep their memory alive. From October to December the museum will be conducting tours to London’s Underground where you will get to explore and learn about the history of London transport. While most of the tickets have already sold out, curious minds can still make last-minute bookings. If you are planning on visiting London from out of town, check out the Park Grand London Hyde Park which gives you access to all the major attractions in London.
Abandoned Tube Stations
- King William Street – closed in 1900
- City Road – closed in 1922
- Down Street – closed in 1932
- Brompton Railway – closed in 1934
- Swiss Cottage – closed in 1940
- Wood Lane – closed in 1959
- Mark Lane and Tower Hill – closed in 1967
- Blake Hall – closed in 1981
- Aldwych – closed 1994
- Charing Cross – Closed in 1999
While some of these stations may be closed, some of them still serve a purpose in London’s cultural scene. Aldwych has served as a location for some famous film productions like 28 weeks later and Firestarter.