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If you happen to be passing Goodge street Underground station, then this little bit World War 2 history may interest you.
The 'centre' can be found a block to the East of the Current Goodge Street Station, and it got it's name due to it becoming the headquarters fro general Eisenhower during the war.
Early on in the war Londoners took to sleeping the night on the platforms (and sometime the tracks) of tube stations throughout London. To begin with it was discouraged, but very soon the Government ordered more building work to enable the public to use 'deep level' shelters.
One plan was to open a series of shelters (platforms) along the middle section of the Northern Line. The intention was that after the war, they would be connected up to make a 'express service'. The shelters were built, but the money ran out and the express service never happened - much to the regret (if they knew) of long suffering modern commuters on the 'misery line'.
Outside viewing only - what a pity.
After the war the shelters provided temporary accommodation for troops and nowadays storage facilities.
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