Wednesday, 11 January 2012

It's A London Thing No.60: Ghost Stations on the Underground

It’s a London Thing is our Wednesday series in which we turn the spotlight on a unique aspect of London – perhaps a curious shop, sometimes an eccentric restaurant, a hidden place, book or oddity. The subject matter will be different every week. The running theme, however, will remain constant: you have to come to London to enjoy it. It’s A London Thing.

LW Guide Richard III writes…

On the Knightsbridge Pub Walk we go to Brompton Road, the ghost station tucked away by the side of the Oratory.

There are 26 abandoned stations on the London underground system, the largest and the oldest in the world. The facades are Grade Two listed so they have survived, dotted around the streets of the capital.

Often, when the tube train you are in slows down in the middle of a tunnel, you can make out tunnels and even platforms out there in the gloom. The trains are still running through the stations, some perfectly preserved, though disused – such as the Aldwych station, regularly used as a film location, we go by there on the Da Vinci Code walk on Thursdays.

The Old London Underground company is applying to re-open some of these, beginning with Brompton Road, to develop them as visitor attractions with bars and restaurants. You can see footage of trips down into these stations on their website.

Macabre and unexplained things have happened down there; but if you want to find out about them, you'll have to join me on the Knightsbridge pub walk.

Richard leads the Knightsbridge Pub Walk on Fridays at 7pm. NB. The walk meets at South Kensington Station

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