Posted by: hiddenlondon | April 15, 2015

The HIdden World of Hatton Garden

diamondstWith new details emerging every day, the ‘heist’ at Hatton Garden is keeping us agog here at Hidden London.  Thieves are supposed to have climbed down a lift shaft, drilled through several feet of concrete and made off with millions of pounds worth of jewels (exact amount is unknown).  It’s hard to imagine it now, but before the second world war, the buying and selling of diamonds was carried out on street corners and in the many cafes that used to be in the area.  Modern security has meant that all that now happens behind closed doors, but there is much more to be discovered about Hatton Garden, not least the labyrinth of underground passageways, disused railway platforms and bunkers.

So now is surely the perfect time to find out more about this hidden world, with Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden by Rachel Lichtenstein, a well written and hugely evocative book about the area, its history and people.

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