Secrets Of The Piccadilly Line

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 20 months ago
Secrets Of The Piccadilly 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 and uncovers trivia you can impress your friends with.

If you've never seen the series, enjoy this classic about the Piccadilly line, in which he pays tribute to architect Charles Holden, who gave many of the stations their character. He also reveals an abandoned escalator, the station with a Tesla coil roof, and a population of Tube gnomes.

And here's a bonus video showing the complex development of the stations in the Hounslow area.

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

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Last Updated 14 October 2016

Andy Drizen

Great work Geoff, best one yet!

Dave K

Another great video Geoff! Full of new stuff for me to keep my eye out for - excellent work, even if you do sound out of breath at doing the entire line!

Roger Manser

I thought the old Hounslow Barracks is on the BR line from Whitton to Feltham, where there is a foot tunnel alongside the River Crane? Close to Hounslow Heath?


Surely this man deserves a plaque from London Underground...(BTW look out of the window between Green Park and Hyde Park Corner and you might just glimpse part of Down St station - after the siding lights)


Lord of the geeks! :)
great video. Thank you, Geoff.


Secrets of the London Overground .... Now there's a few dead, moved and re formulated stations and lines there ... With a recent twist of adding suburban line out of Liverpool street on years to come!

Gareth Sturdy

There's a fantastic section about the old Aldwych interchange at Holborn in Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household, a classic and highly influential spy novel of the 1930s. Being almost as equally geeky as (our) Geoff, I visited Holborn recently to retrace the steps of the novel's protagonist as he hurries through the warren of the station evading capture, but I couldn't make it work with the modern layout. Thanks to Geoff's explanation of where the escalator was I can now go back and do it properly! Rogue Male has just been re-published too - highly recommend it, you won't be disappointed