Every time I’m stuck in traffic on a bus on the Strand, I gaze at the shiny tiles of the disused Aldwych tube station and wonder how I can find my way in there to have a nose around. Today that long-awaited moment arrived as I had managed to get a hot ticket on one of the rare tours of the old station. Tickets were few and far between so for those of you who missed out this time. Here are a few choice snaps.
After queuing with my fellow tube geeks, we were finally allowed in for our hour slot. This is the stuff London dreams are made of.
We had a quick peak at the ticket office with its lovely wooden details and polished tiles before we took the spiral descent down the 160 steps to the platforms.
As you can see, I was pretty excited to finally be down on the amazing old platforms.
There is an eclectic mix of posters from throughout the last century littered on the platform walls. It was hard to tell which ones had been added later for vintage posterity, but that didn’t really take away from the nostalgia-fest they induced.
The ends of one of the platforms are now entirely bricked up, which makes it feel even more surreal and spooky.
I can’t even imagine what it would have been like sleeping down here during the Blitz. Actually, looks rather jolly…
Seems like someone has been testing out some jazzy tiling designs.
The other platform had a ghostly train going nowhere fast. Apparently, this is a 1970’s Northern Line train which would never have actually been used on this track.
On the way out, we took a gander in the dark caverns of the old lift shafts before hiking back up to the surface. Sonya Barber
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