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Inside the Fleet: exploring London’s lost rivers

I wrote this piece for Time Out in 2005 and for some reason it’s never been available online. Until now. It’s only as the filthy brown water rises above my thigh-high waders and my feet struggle to...

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More London books

Continuing a bookish theme, a couple of current and forthcoming releases have caught my eye. First is ‘London’s Lost Rivers’ by Paul Talling and published by Random House. This is the first serious...

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London’s lost rivers

There is almost endless fascination with London’s lost rivers, as can be seen with the publication of Paul Talling‘s fine - if brief - new book on the subject. I have written about them a number of...

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Secret London: stink pipes

There is one of these just around the corner from where I live. Herne Hill stink pipe It’s long, thin, green and old and thrusts straight into the air like a giant’s, er, finger. It’s not a telegraph...

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Walking London: rivers and tubes

‘What a bounteous banquet of costly viands is spread before an ardent-minded, grateful-spirited Perambulator!’ Old Humphrey’s Walks In London ‘One must perambulate early and late in all weathers, to...

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Secret Rivers at the Museum of London Docklands

It feel as if the underground is heading overground. At the London Metropolitan Archives, an exhibition celebrates London’s subterranean treasures. Robert Mcfarlane has recently applied his golden Iain...

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