Guided walk around Roman Londinium (Feb 2017)

Address:
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Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
Every Monday (2 PM to 3.45 PM)
Every Friday (11 AM to 12.45 PM)
Tickets & Cost:
£7
The walk begins at the City Information Centre opposite St Paul's Cathedral
See cityoflondonguides.com for more information

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There's not a huge amount of Roman London left above ground (we can thank Boudicca for that!), but what's left is well worth seeing on a guided tour.

The highlight of the walk is undoubtedly when you see the remains of London's old amphitheatre in the basement of the Guildhall Art Gallery. The room is very dark and quiet inside, and you can see a sliver of the inner ring and the entrance passageway. Have a quick read of Craig's review if you'd like to see some photos of it.

The tour will also show you some substantial walls, and what's left of the military fort near the Museum of London. There is a surprising amount of this above ground, and 99% of Londoners probably don't have a clue that it exists. You can see some photos of it in Craig's review of Roman London.

That's all the information we've got for the walk itself, but if you're interested in Roman London then there are a couple of other places worth visiting. (Note: they aren't included on this walk.) The most impressive remains are underneath an office block in Lower Thames Street, called the Billingsgate Roman House and Baths. There is a also a little piece of Roman flooring in the crypt of All Hallows by the Tower church. There is a famous (but fake) Roman Bath in Surrey Street, and some more Roman wall opposite the Tower of London. We've put together our own walk around Roman London if you'd like to make a day of it.

 

Fish – “I love the Square Mile part of London, but I can't help imagining what it would be like if it wasn't bombed during the Blitz. There is some really great streets and old buildings, but then you turn the corner and come across some new galss fronted monstrosties. The City is a mixture of old London and the new. And most of the new buildings just seem to have been thrown up as quickly as possible for the cheapest possible price. Brick fronts with no character. Square boxes with no shape. There are, of course, plenty of exceptions. I can't help but love new buildings like Lloyds and the Gherkin, but these are few and far between. We need more of them, please Boris, and less of the boring ones!”

josh – “Sure there are some awful new buildings, but you can say that about any city. But the City of London is packed full of old classic buildings. St Pauls, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge... there is plenty of good stuff around if you look for it. You just have to avoid the bits where workers like Holborn because that is just boring offices. Stick to the area around Fleet Street and the Tower of London and there is plenty of good stuff to enjoy”

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Craig’s review of The City – “I thought I'd just hang around The City today, the so-called "Square Mile". That's the bit inside the old city walls where all the big banks and financial institutions live. If you want to make some new friends then try catching the tube from Waterloo to Bank at half-8 in the morning -- when all the bleary-eyed businessmen and women are bustling off to work.… continued”

Read Craig’s The City review

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If you enjoy The City then you might like to visit Bank of England (you can walk it in less than 2 mins), Guildhall (you can walk it in 6 mins), Mansion House (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Exchange (you can walk there in less than 1 min) and St. Paul’s Cathedral (you can walk it 10 mins)

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