Does anyone know of any underground Vaults, crypts or tunnels. I am looking for a space i can hire for a free event for local people. I know of the amazing shunt vaults, I heard these are closing don't know how true this is as cant get a reply from them. something about lease due for renewal. I have been trying to contact the council as i believe they own them but getting no joy.
I have been told there is a lot of vaults in the area. Can anyone shed any more light on this? Anyone have any contact or any ideas? I would be much appreciated.
the more rustic and unusal the better.If you know any contacts of the owners for the shunt vaults or anything else.
Last event was in a crypt so im opened minded about the space. ha ha . Any help no matter how small would be my ideal xmas gift being trying to get contacts for unused spaces for months and pulling my hair out.
Very few "underground" vaults in SE1, unless you go for the crypt of a church like St George the Martyr(not sure if the renovation is finished, but I think they have destroyed any character that it had as well as half the underlying archaeology in lowering the floor of the crypt)
There are plenty of railway arches. The problem is that with the rapid regneration/gentrification of the area, Spacia who manage most of them are looking for well-heeled commercial tenants, and have been waterproofing/recladding them to make them less vault-like.
Post credit-crunch they might have a few on which renovation has been indefinitely postponed.
I guess the arch where London SE1 had it's birthday celebration might be an option on Great Suffolk St. I was unable to attend but passed it a couple times prior and it looked to be still 'in character'. No doubt others here could confirm that, hardly underground though.
Yesterday I visited a friend who was showing her work at the SE1 Gallery at 1 Crucifix Lane. She let me park in the vaults behind which appeared to be a labyrinth of interconnecting sections and seemed to be shared by all sorts of businesses (just for parking and storage). The entrance was just around the corner in the Bermondsey St tunnel.
I know nothing more but my friend and I were discussing what a fabulous space it would be for a party. I suggest you call the Gallery and ask. Sorry, can't help with a number.