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Growing Underground: there's a subterranean farm in a WWII bunker in Clapham

Sonya Barber

We wouldn't normally recommend buying herbs from a ‘secret underground farm’, but we can assure you that the tasty greens sprouting in a WWII bunker 100 feet below Clapham Common are totally legit. Growing Underground is London’s first subterranean farm and it’s just started selling micro versions of red and green basil, celery, salad rocket, coriander, garlic chives, wasabi mustard and radishes, both wholesale and direct to punters. Kitted out with fancy lighting, hydroponics and ventilation systems, it looks more like a lab in a sci-fi film than a market garden, but you can garnish yourself silly knowing that these herbs have the smallest carbon footprint in town (unless you count that wilted basil plant in your kitchen). Co-director Michel Roux Jr is already using them in his restaurant Le Gavroche, so you’ll be in good company. Finally, a herb dealer your mum can approve of.

In other subterranean news, there are 57 tube stations that are at 'high risk' of flooding

And here are 25 things you (probably) didn't know about the London Underground


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