Take a trip into secret underground London with the Mail Rail and more
File this one under ‘history’ and ‘secret London’. Because London is full of underground places. And it’s not just the tube. In fact, the last hundred years has left a warren of secret places underneath the capital. From defence bunkers from the Cold War and earlier, to Victorian foot tunnels under the Thames. And, yes, even disused tube stations. Of course, most of them are closed to the public. But guess what? We’ve found some that aren’t, and we’ve got all the details here.
What is the Mail Rail?
The world beneath London is full of surprises. You may have heard of the Cabinet War Rooms, or the Greenwich foot tunnel. But did you know the Post Office railway?
This railway system was built in the 1920s. Of course, it was designed to take mail quickly across London, underground. And in fact, it operated right up until the early 2000s.
Now you can head down into the depths of the Mail Rail system and travel on the railway itself by taking a short trip through the tunnels. There’s plenty to find out and get immersed in as well, such as what it was like to work there in its early years.
Head to the Postal Museum near Farringdon for this experience.
Other underground attractions
The Cabinet War Rooms are one of the most famous attractions below London. Here you can see the bunkers which functioned as a command centre for Churchill and others in World War Two. Some of the rooms are exactly as they were left in 1945. It’s an exciting and atmospheric attraction, with plenty to see.
Alternatively, if you’re visiting Greenwich, make some time to step into the Greenwich foot tunnel. This tunnel has been open since the early 1900s and allows you to walk under the Thames. If you walk all the way you’ll emerge in Island Gardens park, on the north side of the river. We think it’s worth it for an amazing view of Greenwich.