The basement at Shoreditch Town Hall is hosting a week-long celebration of London’s underground vaults and tunnels. Secret Subterranean London, which is part of Illumini 2010, presents a historical and exciting look at what lies beneath the paving stones of our capital city. With the help of more than 50 artists, the exhibition re-creates many of London’s underground sites – such as World War bunkers, disused tube stations, crypts and historical waterways – in the suitably labyrinthine setting of the Shoreditch Town Hall basement. On Thursday 9th September a grand opening night – 6pm-10pm and free of charge, like the whole exhibition – will include a range of live acts, such as stilt walkers, light shows, magicians, illuminating dancers, tarot readings and historical costumed performers. Illumini, which sounds a bit like a Dan Brown-style cult, is a not-for-profit organisation which specialises in putting on shows featuring light, visual artists and performers. During the course of this event there will be the chance to hear a number of talks and go on a range of tours to certain secret, long-forgotten underground destinations, including the grand entrance of Brunel’s Thames Tunnel and Shoreditch Church Crypt.
For more information, check the official Illumini website
The Basement Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT
DATES & TIMES
9th Sept 2010 - 15th Sept Open daily 11am-7pm Free
Thursday 9th September 6pm – 10pm Free
Everyone welcome, please arrive early to avoid disappointment
By tube or rail: Old Street (Exit 3 ) 6 mins walk, Liverpool Street 12mins walk
By Bus: Routes 26, 35, 47, 48, 55, 67, 78, 135, 149, 242 and 243 stop nearby.