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Hidden London: The secrets of London Transport's HQ Special

London - London contains many interesting buildings, although many are not open to the public. On a rare occasion, months before it closes, London Transport's headquarters, a magnificent Art Deco complex, was opened to a select group.
 

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File photo: A boardroom at 55 Broadway  NY. A guide explains the history to visitors.
File photo: A boardroom at 55 Broadway, NY. A guide explains the history to visitors.
The marble lobby inside 55 Broadway  with original 1920s features.
The marble lobby inside 55 Broadway, with original 1920s features.
The early marketing for London Transport  including the special Johnston font. On show at 55 Broadwa...
The early marketing for London Transport, including the special Johnston font. On show at 55 Broadway.
One of the rooftop gardens  with solar power cells.
One of the rooftop gardens, with solar power cells.
The group of 20 odd visitors are shown an historic train map within 55 Broadway  London.
The group of 20 odd visitors are shown an historic train map within 55 Broadway, London.
55 Broadway is a Grade I listed building overlooking St. James s Park in London.
55 Broadway is a Grade I listed building overlooking St. James's Park in London.
A couple  on the visit  entering the lobby area of 55 Broadway.
A couple, on the visit, entering the lobby area of 55 Broadway.
Taking in magnificent views of London from atop of the cruciform.
Taking in magnificent views of London from atop of the cruciform.
Some of the original features of 55 Broadway  in London.
Some of the original features of 55 Broadway, in London.
The original executive floor featured walnut veneer. The visitors pause to examine the features.
The original executive floor featured walnut veneer. The visitors pause to examine the features.
The lifts (elevators) within the building a fully operational.
The lifts (elevators) within the building a fully operational.
The London Underground flag flies atop of 55 Broadway.
The London Underground flag flies atop of 55 Broadway.
The building was designed by Charles Holden and built between 1927 and 1929.
The building was designed by Charles Holden and built between 1927 and 1929.
Circular devices used for recording train times across the London Underground  circa 1930.
Circular devices used for recording train times across the London Underground, circa 1930.
A spectacular view from the top of 55 Broadway - the city of London.
A spectacular view from the top of 55 Broadway - the city of London.
To get to the very top  after 14 stories  a series of stairs needed to be climbed.
To get to the very top, after 14 stories, a series of stairs needed to be climbed.
A Hidden London guide shows some old station signage on show within 55 Broadway.
A Hidden London guide shows some old station signage on show within 55 Broadway.
Visitors take in the view from one of the roof gardens  part way up London s historic 55 Broadway.
Visitors take in the view from one of the roof gardens, part way up London's historic 55 Broadway.

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