Catering staff preparing food for a Second World War Tube Refreshments Special - photograph

When German planes began bombing in 1940, many Londoners sought shelter in the Tube tunnels. Air-raid sirens would warn of approaching bombers. But at the height of the Blitz, some people felt safer spending every night sleeping on the platforms with their families and neighbours. London Underground realised that people would need to be fed and set up the Tube Refreshments Special. Tube trains were filled with trays of cakes and sandwiches, urns of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. These would travel along the line stopping at stations where shelterers were staying. This picture from December 1940 shows catering staff at the Wood Lane depot preparing food. The trays in the foreground contain dozens of current buns.
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Dec 1940
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Photographer : Topical Press
Transport for London

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