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Halloween London attractions: Explore the caves of Druids, Romans, Saxons and David Bowie

Published: Thursday 18th of October 2012

People looking for things to do in London this Halloween could consider a trip down into the murky depths of Chislehurst Caves.

Visitors to the ancient caves will be taken on lamp-lit guided tours through the eerie tunnels that were mined by hand for more than 8,000 years.

Mined for flint and lime right up to the 1830s, Chislehurst Caves became a tourist attraction for Victorians, with the macabre generation learning about the Saxons, Druids and Romans that are thought to have once roamed the caves.

However, the attraction has also got a particularly fascinating recent history, being used for several purposes over the past century.

During the First World War they were used as an ammunition depot, while the Second World War saw them become a massive air raid shelter for Londoners. In the thirties, between these two conflicts, the dank conditions were put to good use with people cultivating mushrooms in there.

In the pop culture revolution of the 1960s, artists including David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd all performed there.

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Posted by Georgina Black

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