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Hidden London - Clapham South: Subterranean Shelter

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Descend 11 levels under London and explore the historic shelters under Clapham South station. The cavernous, industrial shelters were finished in 1944, the last year of WW2, after a public call for more effective air raid shelters. Around 8,000 people could be housed in the tunnels, and the rudimentary bunk beds are still in place down there. Completed after the worst of the Blitz, the shelters were put to use housing people who migrated from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom on the HMT Empire Windrush after WW2.

Explore underground tunnels with almost a mile of winding corridors. War time signs on the walls point you in the direction of the medical aid post and the subterranean canteen, and don’t forget to look out for the upside down writing on the walls, scribbled by people lying on the bunk beds.
Additional Information

What's Included in the tour

  • Entry to the Clapham South underground shelter
  • A 75 minute guided tour
  • Illustrated booklet as a souvenir of your tour

What's Excluded in the tour

  • Gratuities
  • Refreshments
Please Note:
  • You will need to show your tickets on entry
  • This product cannot be cancelled
  • This product can be amended up to 2 weeks before the tour
  • Please wear sensible shoes – heels or open shoes will not be permitted
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 14 years old
  • Tours are not step free and involve a lot of walking - It’s advisable that you have an adequate level of fitness to undertake this tour
  • A photo ID is required for all guests including children 
  • Please see the full list of terms and conditions from the London Transport Museum before your tour
Activity Code : HLSS