“Union street” – Disused tube station in London


The Escapist is a great film by Rupert Wyatt (2008) about a bunch of desperados running away from a British prison.

Brian Cox and Damian Lewis at The Escapist Source: <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0961728/">imdb.com</a>
Brian Cox and Damian Lewis at The Escapist
Source: imdb.com

Frank Perry and his inmates escape by oppressive underground tunnels. One of it is an abandoned tube station in Central London, Union Street.  The station is the perfect stage for a moment of suspended reality in the film. It looks phantasmagorical and just as sad and hopeless as the drama of the film.


Union Street tube station Source: <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2014/sep/25/london-underground-abandoned-tube-stations-bradley-garrett-in-pictures">The Guardian</a>
Union Street tube station
Source: The Guardian

I have not found any information or picture about the station. It is not on the list at http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/. It might as well just be a fictional stage of the film.

2 thoughts on ““Union street” – Disused tube station in London

  1. I can add a bit more information to this, after a bit of sleuthing. The London Underground map that’s shown on the wall of the station in the film has been subtly altered to include the fictional station. The station has been inserted into the Northern Line between Borough and Elephant & Castle. Whereas in the actual map it’s a straight diagonal between the two stations, in the film there’s a bend added, with “Union Street” on the bend. After that the map returns to normal. As to where it was filmed (if anywhere other than just a set), I’ve been unable to find out.

  2. I have just watched the DVD, with directors commentaty. The clip of Union St Underground station was filmed in Holborn underpass old tram station. The background and tunnel etc. was CGI

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