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Secret London Tunnel for Sale

The New York Times and the BBC [^] have a story about one mile of secret London Tunnels [^] for sale. The tunnel is expected to change hands for somewhere around the £5m mark.  The tunnel, 30m below the streets, was last put on the market in 1996 and failed to attract a buyer.

London Tunnel

Photo Credit: Steve Forrest for The New York Times [^]

The tunnel was built during World War 2 for use as an air raid shelter for 8,000 people, along with 7 other tunnels. This tunnel was never used by the public and remained a secret.  The Allies used the tunnel to co-ordinate and support the anti-Nazi resistance movements operating in mainland Europe.

After the war the tunnel was used by the Post Office as part of the Washington-Moscow hotline which was established after the Cuban missile crisis.

Plans for a secret central London hideaway are going to be disturbed by a tube line running a few feet above the tunnel, and the need for noisy ventilation fans. Access to the tunnel is by the two lifts, one close to Chancery Lane and the Royal Courts of Justice.

More Photos: BBC Historic Picture Gallery [^].

No Bananas (Left) Today

There are a lot of niche blogs out there.  But I don’t think that I have found a more focused blog than this – London Bananas [^].

london bananas

All it is is photos of banana skins left in public places, so “Yes, We Have No Bananas Today[^].  Sadly there doesn’t appear to be a RSS feed on the site, so I donlt know that I will be checking-back too often.

Photo Credit:  London Bananas [^]

Websites – Walking the Circle Line

Black and white Photography » Walking the Circle Line documents one man’s around London’s Circle Line with a pinhole camera.   The results are captivating, go and check out the 14 instalments.

And so to the final leg of my journey around and above the surface of the 14 mile loop that is London Underground’s Circle Line. While perhaps not the final installment of the project, the circle is complete after 70 published photographs. All these photos have been taken with a primitive 4×5 pinhole camera on Polaroid 55 film, a device born in Victorian times that is little more than a tiny hole in a box.