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August 30, 2013 4:25 PM   Subscribe

For £20 million you can buy your very own London tube station underground military headquarters.

  • More history and pictures of Brompton Road tube station. (2011)
  • Take your own 3D tour of the underground bunker.
  • A not, ahem, wholly lawful look at the less accessible parts of the former tube station.
  • posted by Thing (16 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

     
    I wonder what the planning permission would be for that? MetaFilter clubhouse beckons.
    posted by arcticseal at 4:53 PM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


    Layout of one of the ops rooms. Plus action photo
    posted by Bwithh at 5:08 PM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


    This was supposed to have been converted into a tourist space in time for the 2012 Olympics. I guess this startup didn't work out
    posted by Bwithh at 5:11 PM on August 30, 2013


    I think this is exactly what I need for the next time the Daleks invade.
    posted by happyroach at 5:59 PM on August 30, 2013


    I think this is exactly what I the Producers of Doctor Who need for the next time the Daleks invade.
    posted by oneswellfoop at 6:20 PM on August 30, 2013


    Abandoned Tube/subway stations are fascinating to me, and kind of sad when you think about how much human labor (and how many lives) were spent in making things that just stopped being used. This is true of all old structures, but the underground spaces strike me that way very strongly.
    posted by immlass at 6:49 PM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


    I think this is exactly what I need for the next time the Daleks invade.

    As long as there's no elevator, you're safety is guaranteed.
    posted by doctor_negative at 8:36 PM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


    They probably have an oyster card programmed in the stalk already.
    posted by arcticseal at 8:55 PM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


    > As long as there's no elevator, you're safety is guaranteed.

    Elevate!
    posted by wayland at 9:40 PM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


    This is awesome.

    I will purchase this and remount a British version of the Tomorrow People, and I will do it right.
    I'm just waiting for my funding to come from the Galactic Trig.
    posted by Mezentian at 10:58 PM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


    "The original station closed in the '30s because nobody used it."

    Really? It's like a block from the V&A. Someone must've been going there.
    posted by TWinbrook8 at 11:04 PM on August 30, 2013


    All jokes aside, I am really enjoying silentuk.com. They walk the sewers so I don't have to.
    posted by Mezentian at 11:05 PM on August 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


    MetaFilter clubhouse beckons.

    I'll get the Kickstarter going.
    posted by ODiV at 11:41 PM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


    @TWinbrook8: The problem was that it's only a short walk from Knightsbridge station one way and South Kensington the other (and South Ken is even more convenient for the V&A).

    I used to go to the former Brompton Road station every week as a student, as it was used in part as the training HQ for London's University Air Squadron (UK counterpart of the AFROTC). It's a building with a lot of history attached to it, and I hope that an imaginative and worthwhile use is found for the place.
    posted by Major Clanger at 12:56 AM on August 31, 2013


    They walk the sewers so I don't have to.

    Something I like that they don't mention is that, if you go to Sloane Square tube station, you can actually see the river itself passing over your head, across the open-air slit they dug for the trains. It's bolted up and girded in an inconspicuous ~2m steel chunnel among the sooty ducts and wires, but it's there, the modern river crossing the modern bridge, all manmade and strange and airborne.
    posted by forgetful snow at 1:00 AM on August 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


    Abandoned Tube/subway stations are fascinating to me, and kind of sad when you think about how much human labor (and how many lives) were spent in making things that just stopped being used. This is true of all old structures, but the underground spaces strike me that way very strongly.

    Leslie Green, the designer of this station and many others, is sometimes said to have worked himself into an early grave. A sad twist to the station's fate.
    posted by Thing at 11:00 AM on August 31, 2013


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