Hidden Tube Tour - Clapham South: Subterranean Shelter

Join expert tour guides to discover journey and beneath Clapham South station, to explore over a mile of subterranean passageways and hear extraordinary stories of those who have sheltered here since 1944.

75 minute guided tour of the Clapham South disused Second World War subterranean air raid shelter
Travel to and from Clapham South Station
Important Information
Where is the meeting point?

The meeting point for this tour is outside Clapham South Underground station, SW12 9DU. A member of the Hidden London team will meet you on arrival. Please arrive 15 minutes before the time on your ticket.

What should I wear?

Visitors must wear flat sturdy shoes. Guests wearing open toe sandals or shoes, or high-heels, will be refused entry due to health and safety restrictions. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended as there are uneven underfoot conditions throughout the tour.

Are children allowed?

Children under 14 are not permitted on the tour. 14-16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

How long will the tour last?

Your tour will last for 75 minutes and will involve walking for most of this time, including 180 steps from the entrance at street level to the platforms below.

Are there toilets or cloakrooms on the tour?

There are no cloakroom facilities or public toilets available on the tour. Please do not bring large or heavy bags.

What is the tour like? Are there stairs or lifts? Is it accessible?

There is no step-free access on the tour, and there is no working lift on site. There are 180 steps connecting the entrance at street level to the platforms below. It is advisable therefore that you should have an adequate level of fitness to undertake this tour. You may be refused entry if you appear to not meet this requirement. The tour will include access to confined areas which may be unsuitable for people with claustrophobia. There will be areas which have low lighting and may be dusty. Due to the nature of the tours, we are unable to accommodate visitors with wheelchairs.

About your tickets

Once you’ve booked your tickets, you will receive your order confirmation to the email address you provided at checkout. This may take up to 24 hours - please check your junk mail folder after this time. Tickets are non-transferrable. Please bring your email confirmation and ticket (preferably on an electronic device) as well as photographic ID for each ticket holder to be permitted entry.


Journey 11 stories underground to explore one of eight deep-level shelters that exist below the streets of London.

Opened to the public in July 1944, Clapham South deep-level shelter has over a mile of subterranean passageways that reveal the extraordinary stories of those who sheltered here, from Londoners seeking refuge during the Second World War, to hopeful Caribbean migrants arriving on the Empire Windrush, and even thrifty visitors to the Festival of Britain.

Hidden Tube Tour - Clapham South: Subterranean Shelter
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