London Mayor Boris Johnson and London Transport Museum chiefs have announced that tickets to this weekend’s Blitz-themed tours of Aldwych Underground station have already sold out.
The station was used as an air-raid shelter during aerial bombings on London between 7th September 1940 and 11th May 1941.
The tours of the disused station brings visitors face to face with 1940’s Londoners affected by the Blitz including spivs and wardens and also includes a lightship to simulate an air-raid and recorded memories of real WWII Londoners.
The station has been dressed to provide an authentic wartime atmosphere and visitors to the experience will find a period RT8 London Bus parked outside the entrance.
Speaking on Thursday Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “We must never forget the bravery and dogged determination of the men and women who battled to keep London moving in the face of a terrifying and unremitting bombardment which sought to destroy our great city during the Blitz. This tremendous spirit and resilience remain at the very heart of the capital and we owe a huge debt of gratitude and respect to all those who helped secure London’s future.”
Earlier this month the Mayor joined counterparts from Coventry and Dresden to open a new London Transport Museum exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of the Blitz. The Under Attack: London, Coventry and Dresden Exhibition runs until 31st March 2011.