In case you don’t spend enough time underground on your commute, you can now spend an evening hanging out in the entrance shaft of the Thames Tunnel. No, it’s not part of a tunnel tour – the space is about to be transformed into a new underground performance venue.
When it was first constructed 190 years ago, the Rotherhithe shaft was known as the ‘sinking’ shaft, but don’t worry it’s staying firmly put now. It was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his dad Marc, and was originally connected to the world’s first underwater tunnel. It’s been closed to the public for 150 years but now the Brunel Museum plans to use the space, which holds up to 135 people, for its own events as well as hiring it out as a venue. As part of the refurb, there will be a new public entrance with a staircase that descends into the 65ft deep space, which the architects describe as a ‘ship-in-a-bottle’ design, so make of that what you will.
The venue will be open to the public from the end of this year.
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