London is a city whose history is packed with interesting characters, strange phenomena and cataclysmicunheilvollcataclysmic events. Here, we invite you to discover more about London’s fascinating past.
Locations — spooky stations
London has the oldest underground rail system in the world — the first line opened in 1863. Since then, some 40 stations have been to abandonverlassenabandoned, although most of them still exist.
1. British Museum. Built to serve the British Museum in 1900. rumour has itman munkeltRumour has it that there was a tunnel directly connecting the museum to the station and that the station itself is home to a ghost — the daughter of Amun-Ra, honoured by Egyptians as the king of the gods and divinegöttlichdivine father of the pharaohs. The station closed in 1933.
2. Down Street. Opened in 1907 in Mayfair, where residentEinwohner(in)residents were rich and didn’t travel much by underground. Closed in 1932, it was made into a bombproofbombenfestbombproof bunker during the Second World War. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet shelterSchutz suchensheltered there. The platforms remain and the London Transport Museum offers visits as part of a Hidden London tour.
3. The Strand/Aldwych. Opened in 1907 as The Strand, it was on a line that should have extended to Waterloo station. The Strand/Aldwych closed in 1994 and is now a film setFilmkulissefilm set that has been used in many films, including Sherlock, V for Vendetta, Patriot Games and Atonement.
4. North End. This station was built underground, but no entrance was created. It stored secret archives in the 1940s and was London Transport’s emergency headquartersHauptquartierheadquarters during the Cold War. Had it opened to the public, it would have been London’s deepest underground station at 67 metres below ground.
Legends — unusual lives
Great metropolitan centres have always produced interesting characters, and the British capital is no exception. Here, we present four very unusual and extraordinary Londoners.