You know I love a good bunker as much as the next gun-toting, food-hoarding paranoiac. Well, if you’ve got five million in Brit currency (which should be Euros, shouldnt it?) you can have a network of about a mile of underground tnnels making up about 77000 sq. ft. Built by the Brits as air raid shelter during WW2 this thing has evolved over the years to Cold War bunker and communications facility.
The Kingsway Tunnels were built in 1940 as deep air-raid shelters and have since been used as a “reserve war room”, public record library and the telephone exchange which connected the Cold War hotline between the presidents of the US and USSR.
Access to the mile-long system of horizontal and vertical shafts is through unmarked doors in the street on High Holborn, and the site is fully equipped with electricity, water supply and ventilation equipment – making it the perfect place to hole up and hide from 007, though aspiring Blofelds will have to provide their own white cat.
Pretty neat, huh?
However, this isnt the most impressive bit of underground fortification the Brits managed to undertake…no,no,no. They built a huge, sprawling underground complex for munitions and military production during WW2 that is still pretty damn impressive even by todays standards. You can read about it in Secret Underground Cities … a fascinating book about the enormous military facility built by the Brits and still extant today.
These are just the ones we know about. You can bet that in fifty years whatever the heck it was they built under Cheney’s house will be revealed along with all sorts of even cooler secret facilities that are currently hush-hush.
Me, I’d be happy with a nice, simple couple thousand feet of space hidden under a few hundred tons of reinforced concrete.
If you buy the tunnels, please send me an invite.