Not sure what to do with your kids over this Halloween half-term?
A new interactive map released from City Cruises reveals London’s spooky attractions that are lying underneath the city. From historical venues to abandoned stations and converted bars, there is a lot more to our capital than meets the eye. You can view the content piece here.
London town has a vast history that dates back to the Romans 2,000 years ago. These explorers chose to HQ the majority of their lives around the area due to the river making an ideal port, and it being a great location for settlement. To this day, it still is and homes over 10,000,000 people.
You can visit London and experience all of the main tourist attractions within a few miles of each other: Big Ben, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, to name a few.
Whilst our capital’s iconic attractions, like the London Eye, bring the crowds flocking, how well known are the venues lying underneath the city?
Of course, residents and tourists alike are familiar with the famous London Underground which helps Londoners, commuters and tourists get around the 1,572km square city, but have you ever wondered what else lies beneath the British capital’s surface?
16 Spooky London Landmarks to visit this Halloween Half-Term:
London Underground ‘Ghost Stations’
Kensal Green Catacombs
London’s Post Office Railway
Ladies & Gent’s Underground Bar
London’s Lost Rivers
Clerkenwell House of Detention
Cellar Door Basement Bar
Pindar Government Bunker
Churchill War Rooms
Billingsgate Roman House & Baths
The Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel
The Underside Of The Cutty Sark
Throughout London many Underground stations still remain closed, unused and practically have been left in the era in which the doors to the platform were bolted. Otherwise known as “ghost stations”, experts claim there are 49 abandoned stations in a number of London boroughs you can explore, which considering the entire network takes up about 402 km, that’s a lot of wasted space just out of reach of the city surface.
London has lots of variety when it comes to underground attractions, many of which carry huge historical value and make the average tourist learn a thing or two when visiting, so why not venture to the Kensal Green Cemetery to take a peek into the Catacombs there, or even travel underground to see the Underside of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich – one of the last and fastest British clipper ships built in 1869!
Go and explore them all this Halloween half-term!