The Westbourne is one of London’s many ‘buried’ rivers which was made to disappear underneath the streets of the city by building over it and channelling the river through distinctive red brick Victorian built tunnels known as ‘culverts’ of which many have since been tapped for channelling sewage downstream and out of London.
Once named the Kilburn and occasionally referred to as the Serpentine the Westbourne begins its course at Hampstead passing Hyde Park and Sloane square before its troubled waters finally join up with the Thames to be released.
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