Last December Master J and I went on a guided tour of Aldwych tube station. This station was built in 1907 and closed due to low passenger numbers in 1994. Much of the station is original, from the tiling in the ticket office to the archaic (but unique) lift system. The station and tour had lots of things I love; Victorian brick tiles, great examples of Johnston’s 1916 Underground font, vintage posters with comedy slogans and old men passionate about trains, timetables and ear hair.
Five ‘fascinating’ facts about Aldwych tube
1. The station tunnels are now used to test tile patterns for decorating new tube stations.
2. If you get to level 12 of Tomb Raider (which may or may not be easy, I have no idea) you will have to help Lara kill rats in the Aldwych tunnels.
3. Aldwych has been used in films such as Atonement and 28 days later and Doctor Who has had to escape robotic Yeti down there (Daleks could have totally used the lift, I dunno if they’d’ve fitted through the ticket barriers though).
4. The Elgin Marbles were stored there during the war.
5. 2,500 people used the tunnels for protection during the Blitz (something I can never comprehend).
If you want to know when the next guided tour is keep an eye on this website, an excellent resource full of things to do in London if you don’t want to go to Westfield or Madame Tussauds.