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View lightallure's Instagram London traffic 🚗🚙🚕 1431937004517932355_1340247317

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View petezetash's Instagram View over the Thames #londonlifecontest #london #thames 1431923735560141822_242016895

View over the Thames #londonlifecontest #london #thames

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram This was Down Street Underground station on the Piccadilly Line. Opened in 1907 it saw very little passenger service due to its location in wealthy Mayfair where the local residents would never dare set foot in an Underground train full of the 'working classes'... As a result, by 1932 the last train stopped here for good and it was closed. And it would have stayed that way if it weren't for World War II. For in 1938, a good year an half before Britain entered the War, this station was being looked at as the bomb proof Headquarters for the Government operations of R.E.C., the Railways Executive Committee, an organisation tasked with running the whole of the country's rail network and supplying troops, goods, passengers and bombs from A to B..... obviously just in case World War II were to happen. On the off chance... possibly. So by late 1938, it was being converted into offices, boardrooms, accommodation, bathrooms and telephone exchanges fit for a full working staff of 40 people. #DownStreet #Underground #downstreetundergroundstation #HiddenLondon 1431102064159541629_3073964

This was Down Street Underground station on the Piccadilly Line. Opened in 1907 it saw very little passenger service due to its location in wealthy Mayfair where the local residents would never dare set foot in an Underground train full of the 'working classes'... As a result, by 1932 the last train stopped here for good and it was closed. And it would have stayed that way if it weren't for World War II. For in 1938, a good year an half before Britain entered the War, this station was being looked at as the bomb proof Headquarters for the Government operations of R.E.C., the Railways Executive Committee, an organisation tasked with running the whole of the country's rail network and supplying troops, goods, passengers and bombs from A to B..... obviously just in case World War II were to happen. On the off chance... possibly. So by late 1938, it was being converted into offices, boardrooms, accommodation, bathrooms and telephone exchanges fit for a full working staff of 40 people. #downstreet #underground #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram So at the outbreak of war, the Railway Executive Committee of 40 staff entered Down Street Underground Station via the Emergency Staircase, since the lifts to the Platform level had been removed during renovations in the months prior to moving in. 120 steps take you front street level to the entrance of this secret world. #DownStreet #Underground #downstreetundergroundstation #HiddenLondon 1431117785996442469_3073964

So at the outbreak of war, the Railway Executive Committee of 40 staff entered Down Street Underground Station via the Emergency Staircase, since the lifts to the Platform level had been removed during renovations in the months prior to moving in. 120 steps take you front street level to the entrance of this secret world. #downstreet #underground #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram At the foot of the stairs a sign directs you to the Enquiries & Committee Rooms bypassing the Typing Room, the sound of which echoes in the tunnel walls. Clocks remind you of the time. Useful for operating a train network but also useful for knowing if it's day or night time since your shift Underground lasted 14 straight days. Nobody could leave the top secret shelter. #DownStreet #Underground #downstreetundergroundstation #HiddenLondon 1431121256254410217_3073964

At the foot of the stairs a sign directs you to the Enquiries & Committee Rooms bypassing the Typing Room, the sound of which echoes in the tunnel walls. Clocks remind you of the time. Useful for operating a train network but also useful for knowing if it's day or night time since your shift Underground lasted 14 straight days. Nobody could leave the top secret shelter. #downstreet #underground #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram The typists worked here. You can see how the floor to the room had been made horizontal to allow for chairs, tables, typewriters and pencils. The walls long since demolished give an indication of the size of the space they worked in, quite claustrophobic inside the old tile covered underground tunnels. #DownStreet #Underground #downstreetundergroundstation #HiddenLondon 1431123085801411379_3073964

The typists worked here. You can see how the floor to the room had been made horizontal to allow for chairs, tables, typewriters and pencils. The walls long since demolished give an indication of the size of the space they worked in, quite claustrophobic inside the old tile covered underground tunnels. #downstreet #underground #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram During the early years of World War II, the warren of small rooms built into the fabric of Down Street Underground Station were busy, frenetic and I'd imagine very stressful places to work. Overnight bombing raids would need to be detailed, damage documented and rail supplies rerouted to their destinations from A to B via C, D and E. These two gentlemen were responsible for the organisation of the Rail Services from London to the South Coast, including the marshalling of equipment and troops for D-Day. #DownStreet #downstreetundergroundstation #Underground #HiddenLondon 1431132541557702422_3073964

During the early years of World War II, the warren of small rooms built into the fabric of Down Street Underground Station were busy, frenetic and I'd imagine very stressful places to work. Overnight bombing raids would need to be detailed, damage documented and rail supplies rerouted to their destinations from A to B via C, D and E. These two gentlemen were responsible for the organisation of the Rail Services from London to the South Coast, including the marshalling of equipment and troops for D-Day. #downstreet #downstreetundergroundstation #underground #hiddenlondon

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram The accommodation in this underground world wasn't luxurious by any means. This bath since covered in decades of dirt was one of the better facilities used by the staff. Its rumoured that Winston Churchill also used this during his frequent stays here at the height of the Blitz on London. #DownStreet #downstreetundergroundstation #Underground #HiddenLondon 1431138047177505400_3073964

The accommodation in this underground world wasn't luxurious by any means. This bath since covered in decades of dirt was one of the better facilities used by the staff. Its rumoured that Winston Churchill also used this during his frequent stays here at the height of the Blitz on London. #downstreet #downstreetundergroundstation #underground #hiddenlondon

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram Suddenly the tunnel fills with the noise of an approaching train and just inches from the blacked out war time office of the Railway Executive Committee passes a modern day Piccadilly Line train heading into the West End of London. It's commuters completely unaware that you are there, or even a station itself. The dark tunnel covering everyone's tracks... #DownStreet #downstreetundergroundstation #Underground #HiddenLondon 1431143308914860642_3073964

Suddenly the tunnel fills with the noise of an approaching train and just inches from the blacked out war time office of the Railway Executive Committee passes a modern day Piccadilly Line train heading into the West End of London. It's commuters completely unaware that you are there, or even a station itself. The dark tunnel covering everyone's tracks... #downstreet #downstreetundergroundstation #underground #hiddenlondon

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram In the gloom of the old disused offices cramped into the tunnels you suddenly chance upon signs showing you it's previous incarnation as an Underground Station. #downstreet #underground #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon 1431223948444206369_3073964

In the gloom of the old disused offices cramped into the tunnels you suddenly chance upon signs showing you it's previous incarnation as an Underground Station. #downstreet #underground #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram This dimly lit corridor covered in dust and dirt from decades of passing tube trains was fascinating... Just to the left hand side, almost lost in the darkness was an alcove cut into the tunnel wall. Deep inside it were the remains of a top secret telephone exchange between Down Street tube station and unbelievably Selfridges Department Store on Oxford Street. Why Selfridges? Well in the basement of that building was the top secret bunker of the American Armed Forces in Europe. The secure phone line allowed a certain British Prime Minister a secure line direct to the White House via the Selfridges telephone switch board... #DownStreet #hiddenlondon #downstreetundergroundstation #underground #londonist 1431235545871073367_3073964

This dimly lit corridor covered in dust and dirt from decades of passing tube trains was fascinating... Just to the left hand side, almost lost in the darkness was an alcove cut into the tunnel wall. Deep inside it were the remains of a top secret telephone exchange between Down Street tube station and unbelievably Selfridges Department Store on Oxford Street. Why Selfridges? Well in the basement of that building was the top secret bunker of the American Armed Forces in Europe. The secure phone line allowed a certain British Prime Minister a secure line direct to the White House via the Selfridges telephone switch board... #downstreet #hiddenlondon #downstreetundergroundstation #underground #londonist

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram Like many Londoners who took refuge in the Underground during the War, Churchill slept in this tunnel during a particularly heavy night of bombardment during the Blitz. Bunk beds and camp beds were arranged near the wall. #downstreet #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon #londonist 1431240772477170444_3073964

Like many Londoners who took refuge in the Underground during the War, Churchill slept in this tunnel during a particularly heavy night of bombardment during the Blitz. Bunk beds and camp beds were arranged near the wall. #downstreet #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon #londonist

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram After 14 straight days working with the Railway Executive Committee it's time to leave the top secret offices and head up the 120 stairs to street level. #downstreet #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon #londonist 1431241968491269592_3073964

After 14 straight days working with the Railway Executive Committee it's time to leave the top secret offices and head up the 120 stairs to street level. #downstreet #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon #londonist

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View nelsonsnose's Instagram Remember: Careless Talk Costs Lives. Tell No One. #downstreet #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon #londonist 1431242912595658387_3073964

Remember: Careless Talk Costs Lives. Tell No One. #downstreet #downstreetundergroundstation #hiddenlondon #londonist

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