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10 underground tours full of history and mystery

By: Josh Lew on April 25, 2013, 4:21 p.m.
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London Underground

One of the best ways to get in touch with both London's past and present is to tour its famous Underground. The modern Underground, called the Tube by locals, is one of the best subway networks in the world. Down in the Underground,  more than a century-and-a-half of history comes into view. Many Tube tours start where the first underground train set out from its station in 1863. Most tours also follow the development of the Tube system in the later part of the 19th century (when many of the tunnels were dug by hand). Tour-goers will also get to see stations that were used as bomb shelters during World War II. People who are more interested in seeing the secret side of the Underground should keep their eyes out for planned tours of so-called “ghost stations.”