Hidden London: the Exhibition
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 Global Gallery, including the historic abandoned ticket hall at Aldwych station with an original 1930s ticket booth, and its famous Leslie Green tiles.
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