There’s a lot of action going on underground in London at the moment – we recently shared the news that part of the Thames Tunnel is being turned into a new arts venue, and now an old ‘ghost’ station might be the latest underground space to get a revival. Down Street tube station opened in 1907 in Mayfair as part of the Great Northern Piccadilly & Brompton Railway, but it was closed down in 1932 because people were using the nearby stations Hyde Park Corner and Green Park instead.
As part of TfL’s plan to generate some extra cash to reinvest in the transport network (a mere £3.4 billion, since you ask), businesses are now being invited to lease out the area. It won’t be the first time it’s been used as something other than a tube station – apparently Winston Churchill and his war cabinet set up an underground bunker on the site, with meeting rooms and accommodation for 40 people. But TfL has ruled out turning it into offices or flats, which is probably a good move as we’re not sure how appealing living or working with zero natural light would be.
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