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Subterranean City

Beneath The Streets of London

Antony Clayton

A Victorian underground enthusiast was given tour through sewers by workers. Upon being told that they were directly under Buckingham Palace, he immediately insisted that all the group join him in singing God Save The King. He asked the sewermen whether there was anything special about the sewage that came down from the palace: "Well you can take it from me that what comes down hasn't got "By Royal Appointment" on it" was the reply.

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The sewers have a thriving population of cockroaches which survive on a diet of faeces and food scraps. A species of tropical cockroach is prevalent beneath Chinatown and the major hotel district where kitchens and laundries keep the sewers at a cosy 30 °C.

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