Down Street

The still extant entrance to the London Underground's former Down Street station, on 22nd August 2020. This opened on 15th December 1906 with the Great Northern, Piccadilly & Brompton Railway (now part of the much extended Piccadilly Line) and closed on 21st May 1932. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, it never paid its way being surrounded by high class hotels whose patrons probably had their own transport, plus its close proximity to Hyde Park Corner station made it an easy target for early closure. Clearly the work of Leslie W. Green, the Underground's Chief Architect of the Edwardian period (who died in 1908 at the tragically young age of 34), the station went on to have an afterlife during WWII when the underground rooms were converted into a secret bunker for Churchill and the War Cabinet. From time to time, TfL conduct guided tours into the subterranean depths of this ghost station; alas I have not yet managed to go on one.

Location: Down Street

Company: Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway

Photographer: David Bosher

Contact photographer: David Bosher

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Date: 22/08/2020

Image number: 74413

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