Under the hallowed streets of London, there are many secrets to be found. Underground passageways lead from secret bases to those oft-travelled tunnels of the London Underground…
We begin with what could be described as the most important military installation in London. This installation is called Pindar—a fortress built deep beneath the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. It is said that this underground secret base is connected to Downing Street and the Cabinet Office via a tunnel that runs right underneath Whitehall. The government, of course, denies that these tunnels even exist. Thinking of building your own underground base? Pindar cost 126 million pounds—and that was in 1994.
One of the most famous tourist destinations in London is Buckingham Palace. It has been suggested that the Royal Family have a personal underground train that takes them to 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, and some even say the train takes them all the way to Scotland. It has also been said that this tunnel is actually a simple tunnel that connects with Green Park Tube Station. Nobody really knows where the secret tunnels of Buckingham Palace really go—but the Queen Mother did write in a diary that there were secret tunnels. Perhaps one day we will know the truth?
There’s another tunnel under Whitehall. It’s called Q-Whitehall and runs from Trafalgar Square to King Charles Square. It has been suggested that these tunnels offer an escape during times of crisis for the government. The tunnels were extended in 1951—but there are few details. Everything to do with Q-Whitehall is protected.
The Clerkenwell House of Detention was opened in 1617 and pulled down in 1890. However, underneath where the building once stood, there’s an apparent “labyrinth” of “catacombs” which could by all account house 286 prisoners. The site is now home to a housing project—but the tunnels are still accessible and have been used as a film set.
Back to government buildings—it is public knowledge that a Mail Rail existed under the streets of London. This driverless underground railway was used to move post between sorting offices and ran for years until its closure in the early 2000s. It has been recently announced that part of the network will be opened as a tourist destination with a short train journey and even a museum.
It is more than likely true that there are more secrets under the aged streets of the capital of England. What do you think lurks down there?