Hidden London: The Exhibition

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Opening 11 October

Visit an 'abandoned' Tube station underworld and discover what secrets lurk beneath our busy streets in our new Hidden London exhibition, opening this October.

Hidden London: the Exhibition will take you on an immersive journey of some of London’s most secret spaces in the oldest subterranean railway in the world. These ‘forgotten’ parts of the Tube network have incredible stories to tell about Britain’s wartime past - such as the Plessey aircraft underground factory which had 2,000 members of staff, mostly women, working in the two 2.5 mile-long tunnels on the eastern section of the Central line during the Second World War.

You'll be able to enjoy - some for the very first time - the largest number of rare archive photos, objects, vintage posters, secret diagrams and decorative tiles from disused stations that have been brought together in one location. 

Discover stories about how Churchill took shelter at the height of the Blitz in the Railway Executive Committee’s bomb-proof headquarters deep underground at Down Street station. You'll be able to see what sheltering was like for Churchill in a recreation of the secret dining room where he was served the best caviar, champagne, brandy and cigars, courtesy of the railway hotels. 

You can also explore other iconic locations which we're recreating in our Exterion Media Gallery, including the historic abandoned ticket hall at Aldwych station with an original 1930s ticket booth, and its famous Leslie Green tiles.

The exhibition will uncover why these ‘lost’ quirks of the Underground network exist; changes in population, new and expanding Underground lines resulted in lower passenger numbers at certain stations such as Aldwych, economic priorities and political pressures have all led to spaces being abandoned. But they rarely stay that way. While some sections of the Tube system lie ‘forgotten’, many have been repurposed for new activities and are used for special Hidden London tours, growing salad leaves, and for filming locations.

If you're a film buff, you will love exploring the vintage film posters section, where you can discover the films that use abandoned Tube stations as filming locations, including V for Vendetta and Skyfall.

Museum Lates

Hidden London Museum Lates

We're excited to announce our new series of Museum Lates. Our first Hidden London Late will be held on 11 October, where you can join us for the exhibition launch evening where we’ll be celebrating the opening with a bar, music, fun talks and workshops, and special tours of the exhibition. 

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Hidden London: the book

The Tube is an ever-expanding network that has left in its wake hidden places and spaces. Hidden London opens up the lost worlds of London’s Underground and offers a fascinating analysis of why Underground spaces have fallen into disuse and how they have been repurposed.

Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground comes out on 10 September.

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Hidden London tours

Hidden London is our exclusive programme of tours and events at disused stations and secret sites across London. Led by experienced guides, ready to share unusual and little-known stories surrounding the stations’ varied histories, these visits offer an exciting opportunity to explore locations rarely seen by the public.

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Hidden London-inspired homeware

One of London Underground's most distinguishing features is its tile designs. Some designs are hidden in closed stations, while some you may still see on the network today - and some you can find on our beautiful range of homeware.

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New mini lightbox

Our fan-favourite London Underground roundel lightbox just got a new younger sibling. This cute smaller version is just 7 inches tall and comes with three interchangeable inserts. Exclusively available at our shop!

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NEW! Piccadilly Circus tour

Join us for an exclusive tour of one of London's most iconic stations. Go behind secret doors to passageways and lift shafts closed to the public since 1929 and discover the stunning Edwardian architecture.

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Object of the Month

Country walks were marketed as a healthy antidote to a week spent in an office or factory. This embroidery of a young couple enjoying a picnic was created for a poster to encourage people to get out and about. 

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