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WWII Secret London Tunnels For Sale

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Posted December 1, 2008 - By kijibe

Are warehouse and loft living too passé and not edgy enough for you? Do you want to get your espionage on and live the life of a secret service agent?

Well you can for the cool asking price of $7.4 million.

There's an enormous tunnel complex in central London for sale which used to house Britain's secret service, as well as 400 tons of government documents. It was a bed of American and Soviet activity during the Cold War, and it even served as a bomb shelter for London residents during World War II.

The BT Group, Britain's largest phone company, is selling this one mile underground corridor with adjacent rooms. While London's property value above ground is seeing its biggest decline in decades, the company hopes the site's unique factors will lure buyers.



Prime enticements include a bar, two canteens, a billiard room and surprisingly, water and electricity supplies that still work.

It makes sense that would-be buyers making inquiries have been wine collectors, London's police and local electricity companies.

The tunnels were constructed in 1940 to offset the limited size of the subway station's bomb shelters which were used to accommodate local residents during air attacks from Nazi Germany.

But its main purpose was never utilized, as they became a temporary base and headquarters for Gen. Eisenhower and the Allies to counter the Nazi regime.

After WWII, the tunnels have been used primarily for storage by the BT Group.

While the idea of transforming this underground cave into a thumping nightclub or some type of whimsical hotel sounds great in theory, the reality makes it impossible.  There are only two elevators and an old industrial crane. The vibration from the subway above, coupled with the noise of the ventilation fans makes for a deafening climate.

With the right imagination, however, it certainly has the potential to become a modern, mysterious underground world.

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