A Chance to See the Secrets of Shepherd's Bush Tube Station

London Transport Museum adding it to its Hidden London tour series

Access will be given to areas the public normally can't see

London Transport Museum is adding a tour of Shepherd’s Bush Underground station to its Hidden London series, which takes ticketholders to secret locations across the capital’s Underground network that are usually off limits to the public.

Shepherd’s Bush is the original western terminus of the railway that would later become the Central line and was once west London’s most important transport hub, on a pioneering line that transported the public from London’s western suburbs to the City of London for the first time.

The tour will provide an opportunity to see original Central line design features from 1900 that lie hidden from modern day commuters behind unassuming doorways and grilles.

Visitors will see examples of corridors and lift shafts lined with the station’s original white glass tiles and learn why the station’s early 20th century ticketing system had in common with today’s Oyster card.

The new tour will be the first Hidden London location on the Central line, with expert guides ready to impart stories about London’s third oldest deep-level railway and its evolution over the years to accommodate today’s Londoners.

Tours for Shepherd’s Bush Underground station will run from 5-30 October 2022, with more tour dates to be announced later in the year. Tickets go on public sale Wednesday 3 August and cost £44 for adults or £39 for concessions. They can be booked via ltmuseum.co.uk/hidden-london.

Tickets will be available to London Transport Museum’s enewsletter subscribers ahead of general release, sign up via ltmuseum.co.uk for priority booking.

The new tour season includes locations featured in UKTV’s popular TV Secrets of the London Underground series, as seen on the Yesterday channel and available to watch on UKTV Play. Fans of the show can follow in the footsteps of presenters Siddy Holloway and Tim Dunn to explore these special sites for themselves.

A new season of virtual Hidden London tours will also be available to book, with a vast array of experiences to pick from. Join from anywhere in the world via Zoom to get up close to out-of-bounds areas on the capital’s transport network that tell tales about London’s past and present. From explorations of the highly restricted King William Street station – closing in 1900 to become the first ‘disused’ deep level Tube – to behind the scenes tours of some of London’s newest stations on the Elizabeth line.

For those who prefer their cultural experiences above ground, a new season of Hidden London walking tours of Covent Garden, Kingsway, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Victoria Embankment will also be on sale.

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July 26, 2022