Inside abandoned London Underground station you can hire out for £3,000 an hour


There are 40 abandoned Tube stations in London with some converted into flats, but many are disused and provide an ideal environment for filming below ground where crews cannot be disturbed

Aldwych Underground station
Aldwych Underground station

A look inside an abandoned tube station has been revealed and it’s yours to hire out for £3000 an hour.

Any film or TV series set in London is likely to feature the Underground at some point.

And many productions may want to use a modern-day Tube setting, but others will want something darker or even abandoned – like Aldwych Underground station, which lies desolate.

There are 40 abandoned Tube stations, with some converted into flats, but many are disused and provide an ideal environment for filming.

This makes them an ideal location for film crew seeking somewhere more dingy.

But MyLondon says the “exclusive spaces” are not open to the public and will really cost anyone who wants to hire them.

A tunnel stands empty at the Aldwych Underground station
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Any film or TV series will feature the Underground at some point, but plenty of filmmakers want something darker or abandoned.

London has at least 40 abandoned Tube stations, and while some have been converted into flats or even an escape room, many of them really are abandoned and disused.

This makes them the perfect location for film producers seeking somewhere discreet to film.

A stairwell stands empty at the Aldwych Underground station in London
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But hiring the “exclusive spaces” that the public cannot access will really cost you.

“We have several exclusive areas,” says the TfL guide, “Aldwych, Bank (Waterloo & City Line branch) and Charing Cross.”

Aldwych “has the most flexible access and does not have any restrictions with timings” – which makes sense, since it was closed in 1994.

Many films and TV series have been shot there, including Sherlock, Atonement, V for Vendetta and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

An old subway map and a “station closed” sign at Aldwych Underground
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One platform on the Waterloo & City Line branch of Bank station can be made available – as it was to the crew of the film Sliding Doors – plus a ticket hall if you want to film on a Sunday, as it’s closed.

Since the Jubilee line stopped its service to Charing Cross in 1999, the two disused platforms and three escalators are “completely segregated from the rest of the station” and, for an extra charge, bulky equipment can be brought to the station during off-peak hours on a specially-organised train.

Signs left on the walls of the Aldwych Underground station before it closed
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Charing Cross has been used for films such as 28 Weeks Later and Skyfall and others such as Killing Eve and Spooks.

But hiring an underground station is not cheap and will cost film producers who want to.

“Charges for exclusive areas currently start at £2,000 an hour (plus VAT) for the station or £3,000 an hour (plus VAT) with the additional use of your own train.”

But an abandoned Tube station where people won’t be inconvenienced could cost that much per hour.

Locations would rather you didn’t use their electricity.

The Film Office says they “generally request that film crews use battery-operated equipment as they operate on a different voltage system to the standard domestic set-up and connections to their power supply must be supervised by a specialist electrician.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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