Stephen Walter’s Map Of Subterranean London

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.

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  • Ridealongnwreckit

    Great map – shame he didn’t think about legibility and using less eye-watering font design, though…

  • hector

    It’s a bit of a mess isn’t it.  It’d be great to see a 3d map of london’s tunnels

  • Green Steve

    Four grand to buy a print or a rip off ticket to the transport museum. meh.

  • Mark Barber

    Wot a shit map.

  • Simes100

    I think it’s great!

  • Pete

    Urgh, an “artist” so he’s just trying to make money from this work, not for sheer interest of sharing the research.

    • MattFromLondonist

      What’s wrong with that?