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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Aldwych station opens for history buffs

11th November 2011

Visitors to luxury London hotels interested in taking in some of the city's history can buy tickets to tour the disused Aldwych underground station from November 25th to December 2nd.

The London Transport Museum will allow visitors to look around the inactive station, originally named Strand, which has a unique history, having served as a public air raid shelter in World War II.

Furthermore, the site may be recognisable to film-fanatics with the station being used as a location in movies such as Atonement and V for Vendetta.

Visitors have been forewarned that they will need to be fit to access the station, with the only path being a 160-step staircase, which comments the ticket hall level to the platform.

"Aldwych Underground station has a mystique surrounding it as it was used as a public air raid shelter during the Second World War, including throughout the Blitz," connects the museum.

"The station was originally named Strand as it was built on the site of the Strand Theatre, but was later renamed to Aldwych meaning 'old village'."

Tickets to see the time-capsule cost £20 per person, which also includes a free one-day pass to the London Transport Museum.

The organisation looks to explore and preserve the heritage of London's transport system, presenting the stories of the people who have travelled and worked in the city over the past 200 years.

Among the museum's collections, visitors can see original artworks and posters that have been used to promote the city's transport services, as well as real vehicles and objects of "times gone by".

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