Join us on this small group walking tour to discover the secrets behind the world’s first underground railway. See the exterior of disused stations such as Down Street through which Churchill would travel during the Blitz.
Here is the emotional story of the ‘Mind the Gap’ widow, the spark behind The Tube map and a glimpse of ‘ghost’ platforms shut off from the world. From the beauty of the world clock in Piccadilly to the modern day, this tour has something for everyone.
Days of operation: Apr-March Tues, Thurs, Sun except 24-26 December and 1st January
Baker Street Station, Marylebone Road, London, UK
Please meet the guide by the Sherlock Holmes statue outside Baker Street station.
Undergound London Experience
The London Underground, or the 'Tube' as it is more commonly known, is more than just a transport network- it is an icon of London and the lifeblood of the city; every year, more than 1.3 billion passengers journeys are made across its 270 stations.
Beginning with the construction of the Thames Tunnel in 1843, the world's first tunnel built underneath a river and dubbed 'The Eighth Wonder of the World', the 175-year history of the London Underground is an eventful one full of world-firsts, stories and urban legends.
The Experience begins at the historic Baker Street Station, one of the original stops on the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway. During the course of the Experience, your Expert Guide will bring the fascinating history of the London Underground to life as they tell the story of the 'Tube's' evolution, including:
• How trains moved from steam-powered to electrified rails • How the very first tunnels were dug and built by hand before advancements in technology were made • The evolving nature of the underground over the years, from the world's most popular tourist attraction to the cargo network and public transport system • Why more than 40 stations have been left abandoned • The story of the famous 'roundel' underground symbol
With such a long and varied history, there's also something for fans of trivia and fun facts, including:
• Which station lies above the remains of 1000 bodies • How it was re-purposed and used as a refuge for over 170,000 people during the Blitz of WWII, as well as an aircraft factory and storage for the treasures of the British Museum • The variety of animals spotted on the system, including a species that can only be found on the underground • Who was the first Monarch to ride the 'Tube' • Which stations are reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of a murdered actor, a Pharaoh’s daughter and even a nun Your Experience will conclude at Westminster Underground Station, serviced by the Jubilee, Circle and District Lines.
Westminster Underground Station - Your Experience will conclude at Westminster Underground Station, serviced by the Jubilee, Circle and District Lines.