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London Underground: The posh street with fake houses that hide an incredible secret | UK | News

London Underground: The posh street with fake houses that hide an incredible secret | UK | News

Two fake houses in Bayswater reveal a massive secret about the London Underground. The London Underground, which allows for well over a billion journeys each year without clogging up London’s already busy streets, is truly a modern marvel. When work first began on this great underground railway more than 150 years ago, it operated quite differently. There were no electric trains back then, only steam trains served the first lines and they have left their mark on the city. If you were to walk down Leinster Gardens in Bayswater, you might not notice anything unusual about numbers 23 and 24. But despite looking like their neighbours, the windows give away that they’re not real. Instead of glass with rooms behind them, from the street, you see just painted plaster. In fact, the entire buildings are fake. Numbers 23 and 24 are just facades designed to match their neighbours. Behind this facade is an exposed section of the Metropolitan line. This strange trick was used to cover a very necessary part of how Underground trains ran …