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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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    Lights the dark placesI was worried about reading a Travel book It’s not a genre I’ve ever read beyond stilted guide books in an effort to find that there’s no vegan restaurants in Vienna Montreux Copenhagen etc But this time I needn’t have worried Stephen Smith’s trawls wades duckings crawlings through the land beneath the streets of the capital is fascinatingHe divides the book into historical periods and takes the reader on appropriate journeys in each Thus after introductory chapters looking at The Vertical City and Monster Soup the rivers of London he guides us through the city of the Romans the Anglo Saxons Mediaeval folk the Tudors Guy and his Gunpowder plot the Plague years the Victorian era and into the modern arena with the Underground and finally the Cold War of the 1970sEach chapter has its gems And Smith as man in the street man below the street? gleans tidbits of juicy information from any experts that he can pay bribe or deceive him into parting with their wisdom Indeed one of the great delights of this book is his depictions of these people as much as the stories they reveal about those pars of London usually hidden from sightThus we hear about guide Jane who ‘has an almost Tourettic fixation with the c word’ as Smith describes her theory on the etymologies of the words CTIPOTENT in connection with the place name KENDITCH the name of one of London’s lost rivers Did you know there are at least 13 tributaries of the Thames? And Hedley Swain whom Smith romanticises as a sort of Heathcliff figure having ‘a suggestion of the wind in the hair about his name’ in the chapter on Roman London entitled ‘Within these Stones’ He turns out to look nothing like thisAnecdotes could stretch from here along all 1300 miles of sewers built or revamped by engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette in 1875 The only one I shall repeat here is that in Custom House there exists a collection of artefacts confiscated by HM officials through the ages One such exhibit is a statue of one of the Seven Dwarves hollowed out for use as a container of hashish ‘Yes’ Smith says ‘you’re ahead of me it was Dopey’My only reservation with the book is that it comes with no pictures diagrams or maps All of these would far enhance the great descriptions But Smith’s lightness of touch his eye for the flamboyant the quirky the smelly those parts of history that we all want to know about but rarely get taught have conspired to produce a book that I will take with me next time I visit the capital