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Secrets Of The Central Line

Secrets Of The Central Line

Secrets of the Underground is one of Londonist's most-watched series, racking up millions of views. In it, Geoff Marshall, former Guinness World Record holder for visiting all stations on the Underground in one day, explores the city's iconic transport network uncovers trivia you can impress your friends with.

If you've never seen the series, enjoy this classic about the Central Line. Where can you find the only remaining wooden escalator? Which is the least-used station on the network? And where can you wait at an award-winning bus shelter?

Presenter/Writer: Geoff Marshall, @geofftech
Camera/Director: James Taylor, @jteav

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Last Updated 21 September 2016

Mark Walley

I've heard it say (and said it to others) that when you stand on the Central Line platform at Liverpool Street you're standing below a plague pit. Is this true? I think I heard it on some "haunted tube" pseudo-documentary.

Nigel White

Great video as always.

Greenford and Stratford are not the only two Underground stations on the network where you go up to the platform by escalator. The same is true at Canning Town. However, I think they are the only two where you go up from street level to the platform by escalator. At Canning Town after entering the station, you have to go down to the Ticket Hall area, then up again by escalator to the Jubilee Line platform.


I covet that clock every time I am in Bethnal Green station.

Dani Dicklicker

At snaresbrook if you flash your dongle at a certain cCtv camera you will be hauled in by security, although if you speak in the right way to the right guy he will reward you with £20 Oyster credit!

Dave K

Always enjoy these little short 'secrets' films - more please!


Nice film - enjoying this series. But Bank of England printing works is at Debden, not on the Hainault loop.

Carlos N Velez/Lacerta Bio

These are great videos

Robert Lordan

Absolutely love these videos... keep up the good work.

Jazz For Hire

These videos are really amazing but are far too short ! The editing.. You jump too fast from one thing to another without explaining things properly.. For example, you didn't mention that the small round bit in the corridor at Tottenham Court Road (or was it Oxford Circus?) used to be the lift shaft which is why it is that shape - the bit when you shouted out 'echo...'

Love London

Great videos Love the underground

Whovian Marvel Tube Life

Where's the bit where you said about the doors opening both sides at Stratford?


Fantastic video Geoff, as ever. One thing worth mentioning: between Marble Arch and Lancaster Gate the track passes alongside thousands and thousands of bodies of the Tyburn dead; martyrs and others who were hanged at the gallows there. If you visit the Tyburn convent (which you can by appointment), the nuns will tell you all about this. Much as TfL are dealing sensitively with the Crossrail skeletons now further along the Central line at Liverpool Street, so 100 years ago they had to deal with many more between those two stations.

Richard H.