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David Fathers

Illustrator, author & map maker of London guide books & more …


A walkers guide to the subterranean rivers of London.

Cover - London's Hidden Rivers

London has many rivers, but they are often hidden under centuries of development. Rivers like the Walbrook, the Fleet or the Effra have left their mark on the city and still form an important part of our subterranean world.

Vale of Health, River Fleet

David Fathers shows the courses of London’s Hidden Rivers in a series of detailed guided walks covering over 75 miles, illustrating the traces they have left and showing the ways they have shaped the capital.

This is the third in the series of guides to the waterways of London.

Holborn Viaduct, London

Above: Holborn Viaduct over the subterranean River Fleet.

Written, designed and illustrated by David Fathers

Published by Frances Lincoln Publishers.

Available from Stanfords, Waterstones, Amazon, and all bookshops

BBC World The Travel Show
Talking and walking the River Fleet, London. A recent video from BBC World News.

BBC The Travel Show


And can I add even if you have no interest in walking London’s hidden rivers you should buy a copy, it’s rather beautifully done.
Feargal Sharkey

Fathers has a mighty talent for combining London trivia with delightful illustrations… This book completes an aquatic trilogy that is so accomplished, we half expect to see a cover endorsement from Old Father Thames himself.
Matt Brown

The clear and attractive maps, and consistency and attractiveness of presentation make this a lovely book just to idly read through, or alternatively it is an ideal guide book to walk the routes yourself. It is clear that the author has considerable passion for the subject, and has created a work of the highest possible quality, design and accuracy.
Oliver O'Brien
Mapping London

In all, 12 rivers are profiled in this sumptuous paperback.
Sarah Henshaw
Waterways World

Listen to me talking to Selma El-Wardany on BBC Radio London about London's Hidden Rivers: interview

London's Hidden Rivers

London's Hidden Rivers

London's Hidden Rivers

London's Hidden Rivers

London's Hidden Rivers

London's Hidden Rivers