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4.8 out of 5 stars
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on 23 May 2002
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 But that had errors and is now very out of date: for example the construction of the Jubilee Line extension is a recnt developemnt not included in their book.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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on 12 December 2011
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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on 18 October 2017
Excellent
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on 8 May 2017
I love this book. It's a little dated now but it is still a fascinating book to read. Nice pictures and very easy to read.
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on 16 August 2016
All good
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on 14 March 2016
Good book
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on 27 October 2014
Great product. Fast delivery.
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on 2 August 2015
One of the best books I've read on Londons many fascinating underground systems , well researched and put together as an ex Londoner my self i found this book full of places i well remember ! Highly recommended 5 star !
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on 1 August 2014
Interesting, but a bit turgid
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on 25 January 2014
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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