Thames Tunnel Virtual Tour
The virtual tour below shows the Thames Tunnel at almost the mid-point of the river. As the image rotates you can see the cross passageways linking the two tunnels. When the Tunnel opened in 1843 there were shops in each of the sixty arches. Before the trains came in 1869 this was the World's First Underwater Shopping Arcade...
As part of a sensitive refurbishment in the 1990's, London Underground preserved the Tunnel's original profile with arches and doric capitals. Brunel had the walls rendered, but the first four arches on the southern side have been left in their original state with brickwork exposed.
On our popular Floodlit Tube Tours these architectural details are all visible from the train carriage. The tours are suspended during engineering works but will resume in 2010.
Copyright of all photography on this website of the interior of the Thames Tunnel is held by the Brunel Museum and Bryan Jones Photography. Reproduction is not allowed without prior permission. All photographs inside the tunnel were taken with the full permission of the authorities involved and were fully escorted visits. Under no circumstances should you attempt to gain entry to the Thames Tunnel without permission. The East London line is currently closed but is still a live railway for contractors trains.