Clapham Common's WWII Shelter is Being Turned Into a Café and Exhibition Hall

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

A World War II shelter on Clapham Common will be transformed into a tourist attraction next year, with TfL set to convert the underground bunker into an exhibition space, and its surface building into a -- presumably heavily-overpriced -- café.

The shelter was given Grade II listed status in 1998 in recognition of its history, and is guaranteed to generate interest amongst both locals and tourists. The bunker, which was designed to hold thousands of people, comprises eight deep-level air-raid shelters, built between 1940 and 1942. Construction work is expected to start in the middle of 2016.

Back in the summer, TfL launched a public consultation on the future of the Clapham Common shelter. It's one of a number of deep-level shelters across the capital, several of which have already been converted. The shelter at Stockwell, for instance, is now decorated as a bright war memorial, while the one at Clapham South forms part of a residential complex. [Ian Visits]

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