If I’ve learnt anything from my time editing this here blog, it’s that Londoners love abandoned tube stations. They also really like doing cool stuff like going to galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. Therefore we were so super excited by the news that a disused tube station in Mayfair may soon be transformed into a cool new underground event space that we had to go down and check it out.
Down Street station was built in 1907 but closed in 1932 because people were mainly using the nearby Green Park and Hyde Park Corner stations instead. You can still hear the Piccadilly line trains rumbling past.
Currently it looks like little more than a damp, dark old empty tube station. But with some lighting, a lick of paint and some imagination, this has the potential to be one of the most exciting venues in London, and TfL is looking for commercial partners to lease out the space. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
Oooh – lovely classic Leslie Green-designed ox-blood red tiled entrance.
The wonderfully eerie and cool lift shaft that could soon be a bar/theatre/who knows.
Here’s the not-so-inviting-looking tunnel that could also be rented out. Don’t let the dinginess fool you, this could scrub up well.
There are also lots of lovely details to be found down here including these logos of the company who made all of the iconic London Underground tiles.
There’s also signage from when the space was used as the war time headquarters for the Railway Executive Committee.
The old station was also used by Churchill and the War Cabinet while the Cabinet War Rooms were being prepared. His bath (or maybe just someone else’s bath!) can still be found down here.
There are lots of other cool areas that won’t be up for grabs like this old telephone switchboard room.
And finally, the classic spiral staircase that leads you back to the fresh air.
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