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London attractions: Chislehurst Caves have seen Romans, Druids, Saxons and David Bowie

Published: Monday 3rd of September 2012

People looking for spooky London attractions as we head into autumn and towards Halloween will love a trip to Chislehurst Caves.

Deep underneath Chislehurst lie 22 miles of tunnels with a murky and mysterious past - although they are called 'caves', all the tunnels were manmade in years gone by.

Today they function as a tourist attraction, but once upon a time they were said to be put to use by the Druids, Romans and Saxons who are believed to have created them.

The earliest documented evidence for mining is 1250 AD, but tour guides at the caves will point out what are speculated to be Roman and Druid features.

During the First World War, the caves were used as an ammunition depot, and in the 1930s people started growing mushrooms there.

Attracted by this haunting past, the rebellious music stars of the 1960s left their cosy venues and set up shop in Chislehurst Caves.

Over the years, greats such as David Bowie, Status Quo, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd all performed deep underground at the venue.

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Posted by Samantha Reed

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