Welcome to the latest episode of Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London, as recommended by The Telegraph. You can listen in-browser, or subscribe via iTunes or RSS. We’re also available on Stitcher.
Londonist Out Loud is presented and produced by N Quentin Woolf.
This week, on recommendation of a listener, N Quentin Woolf meets Robert Hulse, director of the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, which celebrates Marc and I.K. Brunel's great engineering project: the Thames Tunnel. It was the first tunnel to be built under a river, and the feat was even more impressive as it was built in soft earth.
Hear about the pioneering engineering techniques Brunel employed, which have since been replicated worldwide and learn about a ship that was the biggest in the world for 50 years and had to be launched into the Thames sideways. Other titbits on the podcast include a cheat that cobblers used to use to make the boots they made appear better quality than they actually were, and a little-known pop-up cocktail bar in what was once a tunnel shaft.
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Show notes by Laura Reynolds