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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect guide to the world beneath Londoner's feet, 23 May 2002
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Trench and Hillman's London Under London used to be the only book on the world below the streets of London. But that had errors and is now very out of date: for example the construction of the Jubilee Line extension is a recnt developemnt not included in their book.
Antony Clayton's book is arranged thematically (rivers, rail, secret tunnels, etc.) and is immensely readable and eye opening. London is so much more than what you can see on the surface. If you want to get a complete picture of London, buy this.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subterranean City - revised and extended edition - published in 2010, 12 Dec 2011
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Book is very good. 264 pages, with about 116 photos (old & recent, monochrome & colour) & about 89 detailed sketches (mostly old, pre photo era, some monochrome, some in colour). There are also about 12 maps. Seems to cover everything, from roman remains to Crossrail.

Chapter 1: Exploring the Subterranean City (Geology, Jack Cade's Cavern, Early Archaeology, Burial Grounds & Cemeteries & Catacombs, Crypts & Vaults & Cellars & Basements, Ice Houses & Canals, Railway Tunnels, Moleman of Hackney).

Chapter 2: Buried Waters (Lost Rivers, The Fleet, The Tyburn, The Westbourne, The Walbrook, Lost Rivers South of the Thames, Lost Rivers Revived, London's Water Supply, Thames Water Ring Main, Wells, Sewers, Victorian Pumping Stations, Post Modern Pumping Stations, Thames Tideway Tunnel).

Chapter 3: Pipes and Tunnels (Gas Supply, London Hydraulic Power Company, Electricity, The Michaelangelo of Deptford, New Power tunnels, Victorian Utility Subways, Early Telegraph System, Cable, Limehouse Link, Brunels' thames Tunnel, Tower Subway, More Tunnels under the Thames, Blackwall Road Tunnel).

Chapter 4: Secret Places (Subterranean Life during Wartime, Deep-Level Shelters, Goodge Street and the Tubeway Armies, Underground at War, Citadels & Rotundas, Carry on Broadcasting, Cabinet War Rooms, Padlock & 'Forward Area' Citadels, RAF Uxbridge, Telephone Exchanges & Cable Tunnels, Kingsway, Secret Subterranean Christmas, Subterranean Speculations, Pindar & Cobra, Northwood Bunker, Secret Services & Modern Security Precautions, CCTV).

Chapter 5: Railways beneath the City (Metropolitan Railway, District Line & Completion of the Circle, Reconfiguration of the Circle, City & South London Railway, Waterloo & City Railway, Central Line, British Museum Station, All Change at Shepherd's Bush, Bakerloo Line, Piccadilly Line, 'Ghost' Stations of the Piccadilly Line, Strand/Aldwych Station, Northern Line, Victoria Line, Pneumatic Railways, Mail Rail).

Chapter 6: Jubilee Line Extension (Fleet/Jubilee Line, Decline and Regeneration in Docklands, Jubilee Line Extension, Signal Failures, Jubilee Line Extension Stations).

Chapter 7: Only Connect: Linking Up London Lines (North London Line, West London Line, East London Line, Docklands Light Railway and It's Extensions, High Speed 1: The Channel Tunnel Rail Link, St Pancras International, Thameslink: Past & Future, Trains to Heathrow, Crossrail, Chelsea-Hackney Line: Crossrail 2?).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read, 7 Aug 2008
I found Subterranean City a fascinating and enjoyable read. It is nicely illustrated, although would be better with some good maps of the tunnel networks and locations described. I personally would also have preferred slightly more focus on the structures themselves rather than the reasons for them being built (there are some long historical diversions in places).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! Its like spaghetti under London!, 20 Jan 2011
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Really interesting read, you cant imagine how much stuff is under London! Some stuff is used, disused, re-used, not finished... the list goes on. The book is really up to date detailing some of the most recent subterranean projects underway as well as those from many years ago.

One of the most interesting books I have ever bought, a great read.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating glimpse into the London beneath our feet., 8 Dec 2000
This is a well-researched and extremely readable work which details the "hidden" London beneath our feet. The author obviously has a great gift for imparting knowledge in an accessible and illuminating way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars detailed, 18 Oct 2013
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Very detailed book about many hidden places under the city of london. There is more than meets the eye! Recommended.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very readable history of London's underside, 12 Jun 2004
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This is a very readable book on all that happens under London's streets and buildings. In many ways an up-to-date version of 'London under London', but not quite so detailed and easier to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 25 Jan 2014
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Was perfect for intended present at Christmas. Lots of pics and good information provided. Fascinating facts about underground London. Good purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 Aug 2014
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Interesting, but a bit turgid
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