There are more than 50,000 cases of wine stored at Locke-King vaults, 30 minutes from South London in Weybridge, Surrey. The cool, dark underground tunnels offer the perfect conditions for storing fine wines. To explore these vaults is to uncover a fascinating history dating back to 1939 and the beginning of the Second World War.
Built as part of the pre-war Brooklands motor-racing circuit, when war broke out in 1939, the site was given over to building military aeroplanes. A fifth of the RAF’s Wellington Bombers and Hurricane fighters were produced at Brooklands and Sir Barnes Wallace, engineer and inventor of the bouncing bomb, also worked here.
The 17 tunnels were vital to protect the 5,000 staff employed in making the military aircraft. At the end of the war the shelter, the UK's largest surviving, lay dormant for 60 years until 2009. The redevelopment team have been careful to retain as many original features from the tunnels as possible including original posters, signs and wall drawings, carefully preserving important pieces of Britain’s war-time history.
Client visits may be arranged on request.