There’s an old and apocryphal London saying that you’re never more than six feet away from a rat. This new map from Stephen Walter shows how you’re never more than a furlong from a subterranean oddity.
Walter has painstakingly charted the buried rivers, Tube lines, bunkers, sewers, government tunnels and other hypogeal secrets of London. He’s also included mysterious and underworld elements, such as unsolved murders, ley lines and pagan burial sites. Like his famed 2008 work The Island, to which this is a companion piece, London Subterranea is a mesmerising tagliatella, combining painstaking research with artistic whimsy.
We can’t reproduce the whole thing in high-res, but you can view the original art work at London Transport Museum’s new Mind the Map exhibition, which opens on Friday 18 May. Parts of the map are reproduced here courtesy of TAG Fine Arts, who represent the artist and have high-quality limited edition prints available.
- Our own (relatively pathetic) map of subterranean London
- Audio of Stephen Walter and other mappers in conversation with Londonist.
- Book review: London Under by Peter Ackroyd.