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Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets
     

Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets

by Stephen Smith
 

What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over; in UNDERGROUND LONDON, acclaimed travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It's a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of underground London, it's also an

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What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over; in UNDERGROUND LONDON, acclaimed travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It's a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of underground London, it's also an exploration through time: Queen Boudicca lies beneath Platform 10 at King's Cross (legend has it); Dick Turpin fled the Bow Street Runners along secret passages leading from the cellar of the Spaniards pub in North London; the remains of a pre-Christian Mithraic temple have been found near the Bank of England; on the platforms of the now defunct King William Street Underground, posters still warn that 'Careless talk costs lives'.
Stephen Smith uncovers the secrets of the city by walking through sewers, tunnels under such places as Hampton Court, ghost tube stations, and long lost rivers such as the Fleet and the Tyburn. This is 'alternative' history at its best.

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“If you want to get under the skin of the city, look no further…Many have tried to write this book before, and Smith is to be congratulated for turning up the real thing.” —Condé Nast Traveller

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748123940
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
12/02/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Steven Smith works for Channel 4 news and writes regularly for the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.

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