LONDONERS are competing to plunge into quirky, independently-run holes in the pavement.
A woman who fell into a hole in Fulham has been derided as a mainstream, chain-hole wannabe by the capital’s residents, who are plummeting into cool, curated spaces off the beaten track.
Helen Archer of Camberwell said: “I work on the South Bank, but the sinkholes there are crammed with tourists moaning about their broken ankles and don’t have that exclusive vibe.
“While just down the road from me there’s a really neat hole outside an old abattoir that’s so fresh it hasn’t even got cones around it.
“I tumbled in and liked it so much I spent two days there, lying on my side shouting weakly for medical attention along with two tabla musicians and a tech blogger.
“Don’t look for it now though, it was a pop-up.”
Julian Cook of Streatham said: “Anyone can fall below street level. Me and my girlfriend plunged more than 40ft into a Victorian sewer last night, with all the authentic fittings and absolutely dozens of rats.
“There’s a selection of vintage boardgames, they do a bloody marvellous macchiato, and it’s run by a 10ft albino alligator called Simon who makes guerrilla documentaries about skate culture.”