HAUNTING pictures have revealed the long-forgotten abandoned London Underground stations that lie deep below the city. The snaps were taken by a London-based urban explorer known as Bowroaduk. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com

London Ghost Stations

By Mark McConville

HAUNTING pictures have revealed the long-forgotten abandoned London Underground stations that lie deep below the city.

Euston Underground station. Former N/B Northern Line (Bank branch) tunnel north of station. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com
Euston Underground station. Former N/B Northern Line (Bank branch) tunnel north of station. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com

The eerie images show the empty dusty Aldwych Underground station, which closed in 1994 and has been used as a film set for several high-profile productions including Sherlock, MR Selfridge and V for Vendetta.

Aldwych Underground station. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com
Aldwych Underground station. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com

Other shots show other disused platforms and bricked up entrances to the former underground station including at Euston where the entrance closed in 1914 and the graffiti-clad Shoreditch station which closed in 2006.

Euston Underground station. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com
Euston Underground station. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com

The snaps were taken by a London-based urban explorer known as Bowroaduk.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the Tube’s ‘ghost stations’,” he said.

Brompton Road Underground station Leslie Green tiling. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com
Brompton Road Underground station. Leslie Green tiling. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com

“They can be glimpsed from passing trains if you know where to look but I often wondered how much more there was behind the scenes.

South Kentish Town Underground station S/B platform looking south. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com
South Kentish Town Underground station. S/B platform looking south. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com

“It offers a window into the past and I have the privilege of witnessing something that is hidden to most Londoners.”

Piccadilly Circus Underground station. Former staircase entrance to Piccadilly Line lifts. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com
Piccadilly Circus Underground station. Former staircase entrance to Piccadilly Line lifts. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com

Bowroaduk took the photographs with a Canon EOS 500D and made use of a tripod and time exposure.

London Underground can lay claim to being the world’s first underground railway as the Metropolitan Railway, opened in 1863, is now part of the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

Euston Underground station. Old LT poster in disused passage. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com
Euston Underground station. Old LT poster in disused passage. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com

There are 270 function stations on the tube but there are at least forty over ground and underground stations still in existence that are no longer used for travel.

Highbury and Islington Underground Station. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com
Highbury and Islington Underground Station. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com

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