The first tunnel to ever run under the River Thames has reopened to the public, showcasing a pretty impressive new grand entrance. The Brunel Thames Tunnel, which was designed by Isambard Kingdom and his father, was completed and first opened in 1843. The Grade II-listed entrance was eventually abandoned after it closed to the public. Now, however, the tunnel that once drew a million visitors during Victoria’s reign has reopened for the first time in 150 years.
This week the Brunel Museum have revealed its recent transformation. The staircase itself was designed by architects Tate Harmer. It is to become an entertainment space; in the next few months there’ll be live music, theatre, opera and even a restaurant.
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