Londonist Underground: Secret London Rivers

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Continuing our series of original art and photography inspired by subterranean London.

Until today’s entry, from Abi Daker, London’s subterranean rivers hadn’t yet featured in our Londonist Underground competition. But here they are, feeding into the Thames as they did long ago. Abi depicts the Neckinger (left, or south of the river), Walbrook (bottom right), Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne (top left), seeping through a cityscape which includes both modern and ancient features. In real life, these rivers still exist, but now serve as sewers and rarely meet the Thames.

We’re still looking for further entries for the Londonist Underground competition. Draw, paint or photograph anything you like from the world beneath London. It could be a work of fiction and imagination, or an image based on reality…up to you. The best entries will be displayed in a real-world exhibition, which we’ll announce soon…though tomorrow is your final day for consideration for the exhibition.

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  • Footprints of London

    What a watery London that would make. I am not sure every Londoner would want all the hidden rivers to come back to the surface in their current state – but it would be nice if the water quality could be improved. Sounds a dream? – they revived a hidden river in Seoul and it reduced the ambient temperature of the city.
    Footprints of London have some more walks exploring the course of the River Fleet and Walbrook see for details – next walk is on 3rd Feb

  • Roger Manser

    Glad to see the Neckinger, up which King Canute supposedly by-passed London only to be defeated at Brentford in around 1016.

  • George Trinick

    How do you submit?

  • Pete

    When does the comp close?

    • MattFromLondonist

      Pete – it’s now too late to be considered for the exhibition, but we’ll be running the series online indefinitely. We still have quite a backlog of great pieces to publish.