Going Underground online at Clapham South

Underground at Clapham South
Underground shelter at Clapham South

Clapham South station, once a temporary home to Caribbean emigrants from the Empire Windrush, many of whom moved to Brixton, stars in a London Transport Museum video released at 6pm today (18 April).

It is part if a weekly YouTube mini-series where you can learn about London’s “ghost” stations and other hidden sites across the capital, and meet the team behind London Transport Museum’s Hidden London tours of rarely seen Underground locations.

It premieres every Saturday at 6pm on the Museum’s YouTube channel, hosted by self-confessed “Tube geek” Alex Grundon.

Each episode is a light-hearted, informal discussion with members of the museum’s Hidden London team about their work and their store of intriguing tales and historical facts.

London Transport Museum Hidden Hangouts illustrationA different site in the Hidden London tour catalogue stars in each episode – From Clapham South’s eerie passageways, once a subterranean shelter for people seeking refuge during World War II, and a temporary home to Caribbean migrants arriving on the Empire Windrush, to the wilderness of Highgate station, now reclaimed by nature, or Piccadilly Circus where tunnels were once used for top-secret storage of priceless artefacts.

The first two episodes of the Hidden London Hangouts series are already available on the Museum’s YouTube channel. They explore the history of Aldwych and the disused spaces of Charing Cross Underground station.

Episode one Aldwych

Episode two Charing Cross

Viewers can tune in from 6pm today (18 April) to catch the third episode on Clapham South’s intriguing deep-level shelter.

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