Yesterday I asked readers to work out why I had chosen Trafalgar Square & British Museum as my favourite tube stations. Interestingly, although there were hints of a correct answer nobody actually got it right.
Both are now closed, and have now passed into London mythology.
Trafalgar Square – which I can remember using – was closed with the construction of the Jubilee Line, which rendered it superfluous. It was incorporated into Charing Cross, but several of the side tunnels leading to the old ticket hall became the subway. One of them is a dead-end incorporating Davenports magic emporium, which has been going since the end of the 19th century and used to be opposite the British Museum.
British Museum was also real, but closed in 1933 because there was another station, Holborn, less than a hundred yards from it. The station is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of the daughter of the Egyptian Pharaoh Amen-Ra. She would appear and scream so loudly that the noise would carry down the tunnels to adjoining Holborn.
The station appears in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ and in the 1972 movie ‘Deathline’ (see articles passim). For a full list (and photographs) of London’s lost underground stations, go here.