Heritage vehicle events

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What better way to experience London Transport Museum’s collection than to travel on it?

We regularly run a variety of heritage rail and road events, from art deco Tube trips in Metroland, to steam train events at locations in and around London.

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Jubilee 40

Prince Charles on the Jubilee lineThe Jubilee line, named for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, was opened in 1979. This year marks its Ruby anniversary - 40 years in service, as well as the 20th anniversary of the extension from Green Park to Stratford, which opened in 1999.

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In celebration of this momentous anniversary, the Jubilee Line, in conjunction with London Transport Museum’s Hidden London programme, are offering you a rare and exclusive opportunity to travel on the line, including a section that’s not usually open to the public.

You’ll be able to journey on a 96-stock train between Stanmore and Charing Cross, the original route of the Jubilee line when it first opened in 1979. On the journey, you’ll hear from Hidden London experts Chris Nix or Siddy Holloway about the history of the line.

At Charing Cross, you’ll get the unique opportunity to stay into the train whilst it manoeuvres into the overrun tunnel and the chance to visit the drivers cab for a photo (share them with us using #Jub40), as well as join our Hidden London guides for a tour of the tunnels underneath the station.

Journey 1

Date: Sunday 10 November
Location: Stanmore – Charing Cross
Time: 9:00 – 11.45
Tickets: £90 adult, £85 children and concessions*

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Journey 1

Meet outside the ticket barrier at Stanmore station at 9am.

You’ll then depart Stanmore on a 96 stock at 9:39 to travel to Charing Cross station, with experts giving a talk on the history of the line during the journey.

At Charing Cross, you’ll enjoy a Hidden London tour of the station’s tunnels and get the chance to stay in the train as it goes into the overrun tunnel and take a photo in the drivers cab.

Please note the event ends at Charing Cross station.

Journey 2

Date: Sunday 10 November
Location: Charing Cross – Stanmore
Time: 13:00 – 15:45
Tickets: £90 adult, £85 children and concessions*

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Journey 2

Meet at Charing Cross Underground station at the bottom of staircase exit 3 at 13:00.

You’ll start with a Hidden London tour and get the chance to stay in the train as it goes into the overrun tunnel and take a photo in the drivers cab.

You’ll then depart from Charing Cross at 15:00 and enjoy the journey to Stanmore on a 96 stock train, with experts giving a talk on the history of the line during the journey.

Please note the event ends at Stanmore station.


  • Tickets by advance purchase only. There are a limited number available due to health and safety restrictions. Book early to avoid disappointment.
  • *Ticket price does not include £1.50 booking admin fee (per transaction).
  • You will not be allocated a specific seat. Guests will travel in 2 groups on 2 designated carriages.
  • Trains will leave promptly from Stanmore and Charing Cross stations as per schedule. Latecomers will not be able to join the train once the train doors are closed and the train is departing.  Latecomers will not be able to board the train at any other station along the route. The train is direct between Stanmore to Charing Cross.
  • The journey between Stanmore and Charing Cross will take approximately 40 minutes. The Hidden London tour, journey into the overrun tunnel and drivers’ cab experience will last for approximately 75 minutes.
  • Sturdy footwear (no open toe or heeled shoes) must be worn.
  • No alcohol to be consumed prior to the event. Food and drink will not be permitted on Charing Cross tour (bottled water is fine).
  • Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to take part in the event. All children aged 14 to 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Both children and adults must be in possession of a valid ticket.
  • Concession priced tickets are valid for children aged 14-16

Download the full terms and conditions: Journey 1 [192KB], Journey 2 [195KB]

Christmas Lights and Sights tours

Dates: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 December 2019
Times: Family tours from 14:30 onwards; adults-only tour (over 18s) starts at 20:30
Meeting point: Covent Garden
Standard tickets*: Adults £17; Under 18s £10, Concessions and Friends £15

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See the sights – see the lights! Climb aboard our cosy original RT bus and experience the wonder and excitement of the city at Christmastime. Wind past spectacular displays and illuminated landmarks, to the sound of classic festive songs.

You'll start at the Museum where you can get into the festive spirit with a festive film screening, crafts and treats before heading off through the sparkling West End seeing some of the stunning lights around London including Regent Street, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus (to name a few) on an historic bus. 

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*Premium and discounted tickets are also available. A 15% discount is applicable for small party bookings.

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Steam on the Underground – District 150

A Victorian steam train carried passengers on the Underground for the final time in central London on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June as part of London Transport Museum and Transport for London’s plans to celebrate 150 years of the District line.

Three-commemorative steam-powered journeys took place each day between Ealing Broadway and High Street Kensington, giving people the opportunity to experience what it would have been like to travel on District line when it first opened on Christmas Eve, 1868.

This was the final time a heritage steam train will travel in central London on the Underground due to the installation of a new signalling system on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

The train ran from Ealing Broadway to High St Kensington and was comprised of:

  • Met No.1 steam locomotive (hauling carriages towards Ealing Broadway), owned by Quainton Railway Society
  • Bluebell Chesham Coaches
  • District Railway Coach No.100 from the Kent and East Sussex Railway
  • London Transport Museum’s Met Jubilee Coach 353
  • Sarah Siddons electric locomotive (hauling carriages towards High St Kensington)

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Join us on one of our exclusive day trips to iconic attractions around the Capital - excursions inspired by the tradition of the great British day trip.

Starting and ending your day at the Museum, you can hop on board a vintage bus, see the sights of London, explore classic destinations and enjoy a delicious lunch - all included in your ticket.

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