The Romans are coming, London

Roman Heritage in London

Throughout the summer of 2017, the City of London is holding a major celebration of its Roman origins.  With walks, talks, and special events; the story of Roman London will be brought to the forefront.

 

This was an era in London’s history because until the advent of the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago; there had been no settlement at this spot on the Thames.  The town grew up because it was a convenient crossing point, with a bridge created approximately where London Bridge is situated today.  That first town disappeared very rapidly as a result of the activities of the warlike queen Boudica, whose army razed Londinium (as it was known) to the ground. 

 

Much of the next Roman city now lies buried under the vast array of office blocks and churches to be found across the Square Mile which forms the City of London.  Yet remains can still be found if you know where to look.

 

Sections of the fortified wall that surrounded the settlement can be seen at Tower Hill and along the aptly named, London Wall Street.  Towering remains of one of the forts as well as chunks of wall can be seen at London Wall, Noble Street and in the gardens of the Barbican.

 

Not too far from Serviced Apartments Marylebone is the Museum of London offers a great viewing point of the Roman remains, as well as displays of numerous artifacts discovered by archaeologists over the years.

 

Over at the Guildhall Art Gallery, the remains of the Roman amphitheatre can be seen. This is where the Romans enjoyed watching games and dramatic performances. So, if you are staying in Holiday Apartments London, must visit the amphitheatre which can be seen free of charge, during normal opening hours. 

 

The devastation caused by bombing during the Second World War led to the discovery of a spectacular Mithraeum (Temple of Mithras).  These are quite rare, not just in the UK but in Europe too.  Building work in the vicinity has led to its closure for a while, but it is expected to be open soon.

 

Also worth seeing while a resident at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair, are the Roman remains hidden in the depths of two City churches.  Just off Fleet Street is St Brides (also known as the Wedding Cake Church due to its tiered steeple).  Within the St Brides crypt is a Roman pavement.  Moving further east to All Hallows by the Tower, you can find a lovely tessellated floor from an ordinary Roman citizen’s house within the museum housed in the church crypt.