Explore Holborn's Two 'Secret' Platforms On This New Hidden London Tour

Explore Holborn's Two 'Secret' Platforms On This New Hidden London Tour
Holborn tube platform
Did you know Holborn had four Piccadilly line platforms, not just two? Image: London Transport Museum

A new Hidden London tour explores the 'secret platforms' of Holborn tube station.

Millions of Londoners pass through the Central/Piccadilly line station each day, but Holborn: The Secret Platforms — which launches July 2024 — leads to you off-piste areas usually persona non grata, including the two shuttered platforms of the former Aldwych branch. These haven't been seen by the public for almost 30 years.

People in a tube tunnel with torches
Go in search of vintage posters and original Leslie Green design. Image: London Transport Museum

Holborn first opened as a Piccadilly line station in 1906, with four platforms. Two of these served the nub of the Piccadilly line which extended to Aldwych station (another Hidden London tour), but that branch closed back in 1994, the platforms becoming redundant. On this latest Hidden London tour, guides will lead you through Holborn's tunnels, picking out vintage posters, original Leslie Green Edwardian design, and an early 20th century signalling cabin. Stories will be spun about scientific laboratories, and how a model rail club used to operate down here.

Tickets for Holborn: The Secret Platforms are on sale now, £45/£42

Last Updated 21 February 2024

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