With the sprawling tube system running underneath London, it’s no surprise that there are a few secrets lurking underground. Amongst the 270 underground stations are a handful of abandoned ghost stations that have been deserted over the years after having been closed for various reasons including underuse or being destroyed by bombs in the Second World War. Some of the stations that have been kept attended to have been used as filming locations for movies such as V for Vendetta and James Bond.
Opened in 1907 by the Hyde Park Corner and Dover Street – now called Green Park. Because of its location in such an affluent area, it was massively underused as the wealthy residents of the area refused to travel on the underground, as such, Down Street was closed down in 1932.
Aldwych station, which was also opened in 1907 was part of the Piccadilly Line. Over the Second World War the Piccadilly line was closed so that the tunnels could be used for storing national treasures from the British Museum and also as an air raid shelter. The station was built on the site of the Royal Strand Theatre and it is said to be haunted by the ghost of an actress.
Mark Lane station was active from 1884 – 1967, and had its name changed to Tower Hill in 1946, though to add confusion, the current Tower Hill station is down the road. Its purpose was to replace the Tower of London station, which was only open for 2 years. Some of the station can be seen when travelling eastbound between Monument and Tower Hill.
Closed in 1938 due to its proximity to the Aldgate East Station St Mary’s, which had been open from 1884 – 1938, and served the Metropolitan and District lines. The old station was used as an air raid shelter during World War II with platforms being bricked up, separating the different shelter areas, however in 1940, two years after it shut down, the building, which was in Whitechapel, was severely damaged by the bombing and closed down. The platforms that were bricked up are still able to be accessed through a door on Whitechapel Road.
The British Museum tube station was open between 1900 and 1933 and ran on the Central line, but was closed once Holborn station was expanded. Following its closure, it was used as a military office and an emergency command post, before the building was demolished in 1989, though some of the eastbound tunnel is used for storage, and it’s rumoured to be haunted by Amen-ra, the ghost of the daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh who is said to scream loud enough to be heard in the tunnels to adjoining stations.