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Last orders in underground pub
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The pub is of the most secure "lock-ins" in the world
A replica pub inside a radiation-proof bunker in Wiltshire is among the most secure places on Earth.

Science magazine Focus says the "1960s Bar" within the Burlington bunker under Corsham is the world's most secure pub.

The bar is part of a replica of Whitehall which includes a copy of the pub still frequented by government officials, the Red Lion.

Also listed by the magazine are Fort Knox, Saddam Hussein's Baghdad bunker and a car park in Derby.

Focus took different crtieria in order to find the "safest" military bases, prisons, banks, homes and forms of transport.

The pub at Burlington - now called the Rose and Crown - was judged to be the most protected pub due to its location - 30m underground.

Built in the late 1950s, Burlington is a 186,000 square-metre base which was decommissioned in the late 1980s.

But it is still maintained by a small number of staff so could be used as a seat of government in the event of a nuclear attack.

Focus says the Rose and Crown's uniquely secluded site makes it ideal for "the ultimate lock-in".

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