About the author

Nick Catford is a world-renowned cameraman and is probably the most accomplished subterranean photographer working today, specialising in sites of cold-war, military and industrial archaeological interest.

He is the custodian of the highly authoritative Subterranea Brittanica website, the accuracy and depth of research of which has gained the respect of the general public, the media and government bodies alike.

Nick Catford contributes frequently to the media on the history of Britain's military and cold-war underground infrastructure.

Reviews on Amazon

"Super book and photographs of places you will never visit. This covers many aspects of an unseen city. Highly recommended."

"Excellent book with some excellent pictures and as a Londoner and a transport and London enthusiast it was great to find out some little details about which I've never been able to find out elsewhere. The only (slight!) drawback is the size and weight of the book!"


Secret Underground London

by Nick Catford

Hardback with dust jacket
224 pages, 250mm x 250mm
ISBN: 978 0 9564405 7 0
Publication date: 8 May 2013 

Price: £24.99

Temporarily out of print. A new, card-covered edition will be available early in the New Year.

'Secret Underground London' is a comprehensive photographic record of a hidden world which lies beneath the capital but which is not generally seen by the public.

Included in this book is a miscellany of sites, from the disused tube stations and closed sections of the London underground railway system, many of which were given some other lease of life, to the secret central government and military bunkers - operations rooms and control centres - which protected London against the German bombers during the Second World War. The book also tells the story of London's Cold War bunkers, never used in anger; and similarly the more modest Royal Observer Corps posts. There are air raid shelters, large and small, public and private; mines and underground quarries, some going back to the 17th century, and tunnels of all sorts: pipe tunnels, horse tunnels, tram tunnels, service tunnels, and the tunnel under the Thames Barrier. Last but not least, and not for the fainthearted, is a collection of photographs showing the capital's creepy Victorian cemetery catacombs.

This large-format volume contains approximately 400 archive and colour photographs, accompanied by comprehensive captions and an authoritative text.

Nick Catford was granted unprecedented access to many of the sites in order to compile the collection of images reproduced in this book.