TOP 3 TOURS UN­DER THE CAP­I­TAL

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Pocket Guide -

1The Mail Rail once fer­ried 4 mil­lion let­ters a day below Lon­don. But af­ter 75 years it closed, only to be res­ur­rected as a ride in 2017. Whizz its tun­nels in a tiny train ( top) as its his­tory is told on film across the walls (postal­mu­seum.org; £17).

2 Hid­den Lon­don tours have led vis­i­tors around aban­doned tube stops, through lost tun­nels and even into Churchill’s bombproof se­cret sta­tion. The set­tings change with each new batch of vis­its re­leased – watch out for the lat­est in Jan­uary (lt­mu­seum.co.uk).

3The hand-dug tun­nels of Chisle­hurst Caves (chisle­hurst-caves.co.uk; £6) stretch 35km. Tours ex­plore a frac­tion of that, but let you ex­plore its past as a me­dieval chalk mine, a shel­ter for 15,000 dur­ing the Blitz, and a cult mu­sic venue (Bowie

and Hen­drix played here).

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