Demand is increasing for underground 'Doomsday' bunkers as survivalists fear society could collapse in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes as there has been a boom in luxurious coronavirus bunkers sold to the super-rich escaping from the current global pandemic – with helicopters primed to whisk them away in the event of a full-scale economic or societal breakdown in law and order.

British survivalists meanwhile know of the existence of subterranean hideouts which it's speculated could be deployed again as self-isolation hideouts if the pandemic worsens or leads to civil unrest.

The UK still has a trove of hidden bunkers built to offer protection to top military brass and cabinet officers in case of a national emergency during the Second World War and nuclear attack during the Cold War era.

Although many have been decommissioned and left to ruin over the years, many of these hiding places are still maintained and kept secure from squatters behind lock and key.

Head of global bunker company Vivos, Robert Vicino, sells secure locations complete with supplies across the US and former World War Two sites in Europe.

Speaking about the current pandemic, he said: “The dominoes are falling. We could be a month away from a meltdown.

"What’s everyone going to do when they run out of food and money? It could get ugly. By that time, it’s too late to call me.”

If nuclear warheads had rained down during the Cold War tensions of the 50s, many would have become the bomb-proof HQs for local and central government agencies, including the police and civic authorities.

Hack Green Secret Bunker, a former cold war 35,000 square feet secret underground hideout in Cheshire is still maintained

The idea was if the missiles were detected heading in, a carefully pre-selected group of people would make their way there, go inside, and seal themselves in.

There had to be no chance of any radioactivity leaking inside, so it's likely they would prove a safe place to hide from a virus or zombie plague.

At the end of the Cold War, the nationwide network of bunkers fell into disrepair and many were sold off by local councils.

Yet many of the UK's own military-grade dugouts still exist and are actively maintained and could still be repurposed.

RAF Boulmer, Northumberland is a sprawling facility which is still active – here the Prince of Wales pays a visit

Some bunkers entered military service for training purposes whilst others were sold off to private owners.

UK owned hideouts criss-crossing the country include RAF Air Command, RAF Boulmer, RAF High Wycombe, HMS Northwood, RAF Rudloe Manor and the MoD's Pindar bunker.

One which is now privately owned but well maintained is the Hack Green Secret Bunker, a former cold war 35,000 square feet secret underground hideout.

The vast complex was hidden for 50 years under the Cheshire town.

It was officially declassified and sold off 1993. The site would have been the centre of local government had nuclear war broken out.

It is now site is closed due to the pandemic lockdown alongside most of the UK's attractions on April 7.

RAF Rudloe Manor has a massive underground bunker lair HQ - unfortunately it's been sold off

The top secret RAF Rudloe Manor in Corsham, near Bristol is known to house a huge emergency war HQ.

A tell-tale sign is with mounds of grass with air shafts and steel doors appearing from the ground like sci-fi hobbit holes.

It was a pivotal air force fighter command unit during the Second World War.

Located south-east of Bath, it was sold to developers in 2000 and the base relocated– whoever owns it has a ready made apocalyptic hideout.

RAF High Wycombe is still active and home to a £83 top security bunker for the UK's top brass

RAF High Wycombe, Bucks, remains an active base, originally used as RAF Bomber command in the 30s. There is a large bunker on the site, the use of which remains classified, but it was rumoured to cost £83million to build.

Elsewhere in Wycombe is a three-storey nuclear proof facility under the Daws Hill, this includes a fully reinforced and protected bunker with room for at least 300 personnel.

RAF Daws Hill was sold off in 2007 and could still prove to be an effective place to hideout the coronavirus pandemic. As it has Grade II listed status, it can’t be demolished.

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The military defence bunker and radar station at RAF Boulmer, was used during the Cold War with three secure bunkers used to carry out radar operations. It is still used to this day, as part of UK air surveillance.

Meanwhile if a full-scale emergency hits Britain, the Prime Minister will be whisked to the so-called £128 million Pindar Bunker, allegedly buried four-stories deep beneath the Ministry of Defence.

Downing Street is said to be linked to the emergency lair by a tunnel which burrows beneath the streets of London.

For most of us unable to access a bunker to hunker down in until the government's so-called war on coronavirus is won – the advice is to stay at home.