Chislehurst Caves - caves tour and a social

  • August 30, 2014 · 1:30 PM
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One of the most amazing things about London is the variety of things you can find here. From the most glamarous parties, theatres and shows to the underground world of Camden, from green and vast parks to... CAVES. Yes, there are caves you can explore just south of London!

We have visited them with the group last year and it was heaps of fun.

We could go for some drinks/food in town afterwards.

The price is £22.5 and includes a return train ticket to Chislehurst from London Charring Cross, entry fee, guided tour and paypal and admin fees.

The caves at Chislehurst are a labyrinth of man made tunnels forming a maze covering over six hectares thirty metres below the woodlands above. They were dug for chalk used in lime burning and brick-making for the building of London, also for flints to fire the tinderboxes and flintlock guns of years ago.

First open to the public in the start of the 20th century as a showplace, the guides told the Victorian history of Druids, Romans and Saxons, smuggling and murder.

The last 100 years has added amunitions storage for the Woolwich Arsenal in the[masked] war, mushroom growing in the 1920's & 30's and becoming an underground town as one of the largest deep air-raid shelters in the country, protecting over 15,000 people at the height of the blitz. In the 1960's & 70's as a venue for dances and concerts, presenting the foundations of Jazz, Skiffle & Folk music to the most famous names in pop and rock.

Chislehurst is a delightful mixture of the quaint and the historic. Although the town is just 3 miles (4.8km) from the South Circular, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the heart of the countryside.

The inventor of British Summer Time lived in Chislehurst. William Willett was a builder by trade. On this walk you will pass his house, Cedars, which he built himself. It was while out riding in nearby Petts Wood one day that he was inspired by an idea to increase the hours of light in the day 'to improve health and happiness'. He soon became obsessed with the concept. In 1907 he circulated a pamphlet around Parliament and town councils, which argued that the many hours of light wasted while people slept in the mornings should be transferred to the evenings. Although it was met with considerable opposition, a Daylight Saving Bill was introduced in 1909. However, it would take another seven years to pass.

Had it not been for the First World War, Willett's idea may have remained on the shelf but, in 1916, a committee was set up to investigate ways of saving fuel. Consequently Willett's suggestion was given serious consideration. Indeed, it was introduced as a wartime economy measure in many countries on both sides. Sadly, William Willett never lived to see his scheme put into effect as he died in 1915. However, his summer-time legacy lives on and today, Britain keeps Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in winter and British Summer Time (BST) in summer.



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  • sergio

    I thoroughly enjoy the activity and the company. Hopefully we can come back for a haunted rock&roll gig at the cave -and some speed dating with the awesome Chislehurst people afterwards ;-) See you soon x

    4 · August 31

    • Tânia Gil H.

      Who'll b playing there for us Sergio? Some goth or dead metal band? ;) We can all dress up as ghosts and skeletons, create fictional characters and share horror stories or something like that - the winners are the ones who share the darkest stories / secrets!

      1 · September 1

    • sergio

      That sounds terrific -and terrifying :) Let's do that! I think The Cure would be perfect, but The White Stripes will do too! ;-)

      September 1

  • richard g.

    Thank you Tania, I had a great time , and with great company, see you soon :) x

    1 · August 31

    • Tânia Gil H.

      Thanks Richard! So glad you all came and enjoyed it. I had such a wonderful time too. It was truly a promising bunch of cheerful and good spirited people! Thanks thanks for being there, and being one of us!

      1 · September 1

  • Kwok

    Great small group of people, really enjoyed it. Thank you all and Tania. Hope you guys also like the food and the bubble tea after too.

    2 · August 31

    • Tânia Gil H.

      I will be going back for the bubble tea Kwok! And thank you for taking us to that wonderful restaurant! The few silences we had over that meetup were during that meal ;) I think everyone enjoyed it as much as me. Thanks again!

      1 · September 1

  • Tânia Gil H.

    Thank you all for coming! I had an amazing time! Wonderful group of people!!!! Hope you all got home safe and sound! Xxxxx

    3 · August 30

  • Kwok

    I'm on my way but on rail replacement bus. Hopefully be at Charing Cross by 13.30!

    1 · August 30

    • Kwok

      Could be 5mins late

      August 30

  • Tânia Gil H.

    Hi Guys, meet me inside Charing Cross Station at 13.30 opposite the ticket desk. I will be holding the black Curious Kat baloon, so I will be very hard to miss! My number is[masked] 9024. I will be available on this number from 13.30 only. I will wait until 13.45 at which time we will be moving to the platform. (Our train is scheduled to depart at 13.57) Please make sure you are meet me between 13.30 and 13.45 otherwise I might have already moved to the platform and wont be able to give you your ticket. Looking forward to meet you guys there! See you Saturday!



    August 26

    • sergio

      Looking forward to this, Tania. See you tomorrow!

      August 29

  • Libbie

    Hello. Would it be possible to meet you there as I'll be travelling back from Dorset that morning

    August 25

    • Libbie

      Tania, thanks for such a quick reply. Unfort, have found out today that I shan't be back in time....ugh, brothers!! Sorry I can't make it but look forward to next time. Thank. You again, Libbie

      August 26

    • Tânia Gil H.

      No worries Libbie, next time! :)

      August 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi kat,
    is this still going ahead?

    July 4, 2014

    • Tânia Gil H.

      Hi Jethro, it is i'm just gonna have to change to date and push it a little forwards. Im gonna be doing that now. :)

      July 4, 2014

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