Back in the day, the valley in which London sits was crisscrossed by waterways. As the city expanded, most of them were covered over and became part of the sewer system. But their memories remain, echoing through road layouts, place names (Peckham, Westbourne Park, Fleet Street), novels and art.
This map shows London’s rivers as they are today, noting whether they’re still visible or have vanished beneath the pavements. Intrigued by the capital’s vanished waterways? Then check out the new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, ‘Secret Rivers’. It’s a chance to find out more about these elusive Thames tributaries – and to have a good think about how we treat the London rivers that haven’t been forced underground.
Map by Museum of London, adapted by Time Out. Click here for a larger version.