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Taking advantage of the Extinction Rebellion protests to go check out the Strand Underpass

I had an appointment fairly early in London on Saturday, so I decided to go check out the protesters again. One of the main protest areas for the Extinction Rebellion group, as I’ve mentioned before, was Waterloo Bridge. A friend had pointed out to me however that as Waterloo Bridge is shut, so is the Strand Underpass. This underpass is one-way, with entrance gained via Waterloo Bridge (hence the closure). The end pops out in Kingsway, outside of the barricades.

I went for a wander, and noticed that there was no-one near the entrance to the underpass; no police stopping people from entering. So, I went in!

Evidentially I wasn’t the first, since there were bits and pieces of graffiti down there (as well as some broken bottles).

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Walking along the tunnels was pretty novel though.

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Despite the heat and noise of the streets above, the tunnel was fairly quiet and cool.

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I had some attempts at panorama shots, but Lightroom/Photoshop weren’t able to do much. Oh well!

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A friend that does a lot of model photography has commented on how good of a backdrop this tunnel would make for a photoshoot. I can’t say how long the protests will continue running for, but it might be worth trying to get in to still if you’re interested!

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  1. I have been through that tunel up stairs on a tram.
    The northern section was I think a control room for London flooding. At that end you can still see the rails going down into the tunnel. Just walk north up Kingsway from Holborn LUL station.

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