Disused underground stations
Our network includes 272 functioning Tube stations, but at least another 40 Overground and Underground stations exist that are no longer used for travel.
Closed for a variety of reasons, from low passenger numbers to re-routing, these stations have had interesting histories.
A vital refuge in wartime
During World War II, many stations became public shelters and underground offices for London Underground and government staff. Down Street station was transformed into an underground facility with phone lines, and even hosted a meeting of the War Cabinet. Another, Brompton Road, was sold to the War Office in 1938 and is still used by the Ministry of Defence today.
Stations have also played a part in Britain's cultural life. Aldwych station, for example, was used to house the National Gallery's collection during World War I and British Museum artefacts (including the Elgin Marbles), during World War II.
Busy film locations
Aldwych may be closed for travel but it's popular with filmmakers, hosting productions as diverse as The Prodigy's 'Firestarter' music video and box office hit 'The Mummy'.
Disused stations (partial list)
A complete list of stations, and additional research material, is available in our Corporate Archives collections section.
|King William Street||City & South London Railway||1900|
|City Road||City & South London Railway||1922|
|Down Street||Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway||1932|
|Brompton Road||Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway||1934|
|Swiss Cottage||Metropolitan and St John's Wood Railway||1940|
|Wood Lane||Hammersmith and City||1959|
|Mark Lane and Tower Hill||Circle||1967|
|Blake Hall||Epping-Ongar and Central||1981|
|Aldwych||Great Northern Piccadilly and Brompton Railway||1994|