Dummy houses @23/24 Leinster Gardens, Paddington, London W2

Leinster Gardens is a street in Bayswater, London. It has two false façades at numbers 23 & 24, constructed at the time of the original steam engine-hauled underground railway that had a short section exposed to the surface.

Locomotives were fitted with condensers to reduce fumes, but "venting off" was still needed in open-air sections to relieve the condensers and keep the tunnels free from smoke.[1] In this upmarket area, the railway company hid this unsightly practice from residents. The false façade also maintained a continuous frontage along a prestigious terrace.

The façade is 5 feet (1.5 m) thick with 18 blackened windows. The doors have no letter boxes.

In the 1930s, a hoax was played on guests who were sold 10 Guinea tickets to a charity ball at Leinster Gardens, only to turn up in evening dress to discover the address was fake. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leinster_Gardens
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kjfitz picture
@ 2008-09-30 11:29:16
You can clearly see the facade in the west view in BEV and the back of the facade in the east view.
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@ 2008-09-30 12:26:44
Yes I have also tried it, but if I want to get the BEV-permalink, only the north view will be shown. Earlier this was no problem.
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@ 2008-09-30 13:15:17
Sorry, I didn't mean it as a comment that this was a problem. I think it is a cool post. I just wanted to point out where to look for other viewers.
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@ 2008-09-30 13:39:45
I know, I mean that Mircrosoft give no way of doing this anymore (sadly my English (grammer) is not so good)
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@ 2009-07-12 05:47:22
You can see the tunnel from the Porchester Terrace side in street view. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&t=h&q=United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&ll=51.512675,-0.184413&spn=0,359.994507&z=18&layer=c&cbll=51.512574,-0.184371&panoid=0cz6NQnPfMu1GptgspoPCQ&cbp=12,77.36,,0,0.58

There's also a very good user photo there.