Important: This blog is not a user’s guide.
It is unclear why London is such a centre for interdimensional portals. From doors between worlds to spacetime-crunching wormholes, the city’s fabric, dimensionally speaking, seems to be uniquely porous.
But if there’s one thing more striking than the number and diversity of portals in the UK’s capital, it’s the strength of the almost wilful effort by London’s inhabitants to forget that these gateways exist at all.
There are signs that this is changing, however. We have been surprised and gladdened by the amount of people we’ve met who explore, discuss, research and yes, sometimes even use London’s portals. In fact, if it wasn’t for the shared knowledge of this network of portologists, this project may never have begun. Perhaps PoL is carried by the crest of a resurgent wave of interest in the city’s gateways.
This blog is an attempt to collect stories of these phenomena – be they historical or contemporary, well-documented or shrouded in myth – in the hope that one day a comprehensive catalogue or encyclopedia can be put together. Posts will range from relatively well-known portal history, like the electrically powered 19th Century craze for ‘world doors’ or the 1980s academic renaissance, to re-examining local folk tales, historical sources and obscure news stories, in the light of modern-day portal knowledge.
It is important to note that posts won’t always recount died-in-the-wool cases of interdimensional openings. By including speculative examples and highlighting curious anomalies in the accepted reality of our city, we hope to peak the interest of those who have the time and skills to dig around and see what’s there.
There are a lot of stories to tell, but we at PoL also have responsibilities here in ‘base’ London. We hope to post at least once a fortnight. Sometimes this will be just a few photos, or a few words, other times we will have gotten the chance to delve a little deeper into a story.
It’s an incredible history – best of all, it’s ongoing. We hope you enjoy reading the posts, please remember this blog does not claim to be a user’s guide, and if there’s anything you know that we don’t, please do get in touch.