Monday 09 February 2015
One evening over the weekend Sophie went on a tour of the disused Aldwych tube station; run by the London Transport Museum. The disused stations of London have often been thought of mysterious places, holding memories and secrets of London’s forgotten lives.
These tours do not run very often and it is a rare experience to be able to visit the hidden location with its original features and boosting some lovely old posters and signage throughout.
Aldwych, or Strand station as it was previously known, opened in 1907 and was shut in 1994. Throughout its history the station has been used for many things such as a Blitz shelter in the wars, a place for storage of museum artefacts, a space for emergency planning and most recently for TV and film productions, such as The Prodigy’s video for ‘Firestarter‘.
One of the two platforms the station hosted was previously used to test different paint, glue and tile techniques to be rolled out onto the network’s underground stations, it was lovely to see the variety of these techniques and spot the ones still in use today.
To find out more about Aldwych station’s history and other London transport related events please look at ltmuseum.co.uk