London’s Labyrinth

The World Beneath The City’s Streets

 

EXPLORE THE DEEP, DARK SECRETS OF THE HIDDEN WORLD LURKING BENEATH THE STREETS OF LONDON


As people pound the streets of London, they probably never think of what might be just beneath their feet. Fiona Rule, best-selling local London author, provides a look at the history of another hidden world beneath the streets of London. London’s Labyrinth: The World Beneath the City’s Streets is an intriguing and surprising voyage through tunnels, ghost stations, lost rivers, sewers, bunkers and shelters not to mention miles and miles of modern cabling.


The tales and folklore which have sprung up over the years reveal enthralling tales of outrageous robberies, some of the worst tragedies in London history including the Moorgate tube disaster, the Kings Cross fire and mass deaths in World War 2 shelters and modern-day terrorist attacks.


But it’s not all doom and gloom. For fun, readers are encouraged to try the Tyburn River Walk, which traces the subterranean route of the River Tyburn, once famed for its clear waters that never froze even in the depths of winter. From the hills of Hampstead to the River Thames, we can only now imagine how the landscape might have looked when the river flowed above ground.


As modern London enters a new phase of tunneling, what better time to know and understand more about the labyrinthine byways that have grown and evolved beneath our feet, and reflect on the fact that they are the roots of the city and give life to the great Metropolis above.


London’s Labyrinth is available from Amazon and all good bookshops.

This book is now available

Fiona interviewed by The Londonist Out Loud.

A Podcast For London, 5 October 2012


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© Fiona Rule 2012

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