Stand inside a 250-year old subterranean ice well
Hidden beneath a small metal grate in a south London park is a 250 year old marvel -- subterranean ice well from the days before modern refrigeration. And it's occasionally open to the public.
Rare film from inside the Tower Subway tunnel
A true hidden marvel of London runs under the Thames next to Tower Bridge, a very early railway tunnel, that's hardly ever been photographed or filmed.
Inside the hidden vaults under the Clifton Suspension Bridge
Experts had long thought the mighty stone foundations of the Clifton Suspension Bridge were as solid as the bedrock they stood upon. The experts were wrong.
A few photos of the “secret” Whitehall cable tunnel
Tunnel enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists will be well aware of a large tunnel running under Whitehall -- often codenamed as Q-Whitehall.
Going inside a decaying WW2 Bunker underneath North London
Hidden under a modern housing estate in North London lies the remains of what was once one of the most secret of military installations built during World War 2. Now needing pumps to keep water down to a manageable level…
The hidden wonders behind closed doors and under streets
A lot of people have a fascination with the disused London Underground, London’s sewers or “secret” military bunkers, and I count myself amongst them, to the point of being a bit of a geek in my degree of interest. However,…
Photos – underground brick vaults by the Mall
The Mall Galleries, housed within the Grade I listed Carlton House Terrace on The Mall, is to have its previously unseen brick vaults restored, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Turning the deep level air-raid shelters into cheap hotels
60 years ago, the Festival of Britain opened, largely at the South Bank in London, but it was actually a nationwide festival with events all across the country. However, London was the focus, and the city was barely recovering from…
Pipes under pavements exposed in all their nakedness
Most people will harbour a mild curiosity about what is under the pavements and roads we walk along, even if such curiosity only emerges blinking into the light of conciousness on the rare occasion that said pavement is dug up…
The Aldwych Tube Station Blitz Experience
First things first, as they say. Tickets to this event sold out yonks ago. However, if you don’t mind the risk of getting nothing after a day of hanging around, and consuming vast quantities of coffee while you wait, then…
Coming Soon – Guided Tours of Aldwych Tube Station
UPDATED 23rd Sept: All tickets are now SOLD OUT and it is highly unlikely that they will let people go in on the day. I am going tomorrow (Friday) and expect to have a report on this blog in the…
Pictures of the Digging of the Fleet Sewer
Another extract from my collection of the Illustrated London News of 1845 – this time a short item on the enlargement of the earlier sewer system running under Fleet Street. As subterranean structures are a long running passion of mine,…
Sub-Brit Lecture at the Building Centre
Was back at the Building Centre in central London this morning for the final of their breakfast talks on subterranean London as part of their current exhibition. This morning’s talk was hosted by Andrew Smith from Subterranea Britannica (sub-brit), an…
Going Underneath the Albert Memorial
This morning I had the pleasure of visiting a structure that most people don't even know exists - despite part of it being quite famous.