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Tours of a Roman London bathhouse resume next month
Tours of a Roman London bathhouse resume next month

Tours of a Roman London bathhouse resume next month

A Roman bathhouse hidden underneath a London office block will reopen for tours next month having been closed to the public for the past couple of years.

Mar
17
Remarkable Roman mosaic discovered in Southwark
Remarkable Roman mosaic discovered in Southwark

Remarkable Roman mosaic discovered in Southwark

An incredibly well-preserved Roman mosaic that may have decorated a room in an important building has been discovered near London Bridge in Southwark.

Feb
22
London’s Alleys: Arthur Street, EC4
London’s Alleys: Arthur Street, EC4

London’s Alleys: Arthur Street, EC4

This is a Roman era alley in the City that was discovered during the soon to be completed Bank tube station upgrade project.

Jan
24
South London’s King Alfred statue has the legs of a Roman goddess
South London’s King Alfred statue has the legs of a Roman goddess

South London’s King Alfred statue has the legs of a Roman goddess

What has long been thought to be London's oldest outdoor statue has turned out to be even older than expected after restoration work uncovered its Roman origins.

Nov
16
2021
Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate’s Roman bath house
Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate’s Roman bath house

Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate’s Roman bath house

Hidden underneath a mundane office block can be found one of London’s largest Roman remains, and it’s open for tours for two days later this month.

Aug
09
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Salters’ Gardens, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Salters’ Gardens, EC2

London’s Pocket Parks: Salters’ Gardens, EC2

This is a sunken garden not far from the Barbican that until recently was a little known space hidden from view by 1970s office blocks.

Jun
03
2021
Mythbusting Nero at the British Museum
Mythbusting Nero at the British Museum

Mythbusting Nero at the British Museum

Almost everything you think you know about Nero is probably wrong. He didn't fiddle while Rome burned, probably didn't kill his wife, might not have killed his mother, and even his suicide is in doubt.

May
26
2021
New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”
New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”

New revelations about the “Spitalfields Roman woman”

A 30-year project to uncover the secrets buried beneath Spitalfields has finally come to a conclusion with new revelations about a Roman burial.

Dec
16
2020
London’s Alleys: Laurence Pountney Hill, EC4
London’s Alleys: Laurence Pountney Hill, EC4

London’s Alleys: Laurence Pountney Hill, EC4

This is a side alley that includes an old church, a Roman palace, and enough stucco carving to fill a small mansion house.

Aug
24
2020
Why the Old Bailey is called the Old Bailey
Why the Old Bailey is called the Old Bailey

Why the Old Bailey is called the Old Bailey

The grand building that houses the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales is often called the Old Bailey. But why?

Apr
14
2020
Map of London’s buried archaeology
Map of London’s buried archaeology

Map of London’s buried archaeology

Another of those maps that will soak up a few hours randomly zooming around - a map of prehistoric to medieval archaeology under London.

Nov
27
2019
Rare inscribed Roman stylus found in London goes on display
Rare inscribed Roman stylus found in London goes on display

Rare inscribed Roman stylus found in London goes on display

Found under the streets of London, a unique Roman stylus, with the most elaborate and expressive inscription of its kind has gone on display.

Aug
07
2019
You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column
You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column

You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column

Ever since it was built in 1873, there's been a tantalizing door inside the V&A Museum that's normally locked, and only very occasionally opened -- but now is open all the time.

Apr
11
2019
Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate Roman House and Baths
Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

Tickets Alert: Tours of Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

Hidden underneath a mundane office block can be found one of London's largest Roman remains, and it's open for tours from next month.

Mar
18
2019
Tomb of a Roman girl at The Gherkin
Tomb of a Roman girl at The Gherkin

Tomb of a Roman girl at The Gherkin

Just behind the Gherkin skyscraper lies a modern grave, of a Roman girl who was reburied on the site just a decade ago.

Dec
10
2018
The tube station with a piece of Roman Wall in it
The tube station with a piece of Roman Wall in it

The tube station with a piece of Roman Wall in it

There's a station on the London Underground that if you look carefully enough, you might spy a chunk of ancient Roman Wall peeking out.

Oct
31
2018
Museums by appointment: The London Roman Wall and Bastion
Museums by appointment: The London Roman Wall and Bastion

Museums by appointment: The London Roman Wall and Bastion

In a basement underneath Merrill Lynch's London office can be found an exceptionally well-preserved section of Roman Wall, and a Medieval Bastion, and they're both free to visit.

Sep
10
2018
The death of Romans reveals the multicultural origins of London
The death of Romans reveals the multicultural origins of London

The death of Romans reveals the multicultural origins of London

An exceptionally rare stone sarcophagus, discovered in Southwark just last year is the centerpiece to this new major exhibition about the dead of Roman London.

May
31
2018
Tours of a Roman bathhouse resume this weekend
Tours of a Roman bathhouse resume this weekend

Tours of a Roman bathhouse resume this weekend

Deep under a 1960s office block can be found one of London's largest Roman ruins, and tours will resume this weekend.

Mar
28
2018
Public access to the medieval ruins of St Alphege church
Public access to the medieval ruins of St Alphege church

Public access to the medieval ruins of St Alphege church

The ruined church was a victim of post-war planning, to build wide roads and move pedestrians away from the streets, but in doing do, the new roads and highwalks isolated the ruined church from public access.

Mar
14
2018
Southwark’s Roman sarcophagus to go on display
Southwark’s Roman sarcophagus to go on display

Southwark’s Roman sarcophagus to go on display

Last year, a rare discovery was made in Southwark, of a Roman sarcophagus -- and later this year it is to go on public display as part of a new exhibition.

Jan
13
2018
Free Book – A short history of Roman London
Free Book – A short history of Roman London

Free Book – A short history of Roman London

To mark the recent opening of the London Mithraeum, a new book has been published offering a short, but quite comprehensive history of Roman London.

Dec
23
2017
See the triumphant restoration of Roman London’s Mithraeum
See the triumphant restoration of Roman London’s Mithraeum

See the triumphant restoration of Roman London’s Mithraeum

After a rude awakening in 1952, and a rather desultory open-air display for the past five decades, the Temple of Mithras has been magnificently restored and returned to its original home.

Nov
08
2017
Roman revels to celebrate opening of the Mithraeum Museum
Roman revels to celebrate opening of the Mithraeum Museum

Roman revels to celebrate opening of the Mithraeum Museum

To celebrate the opening of the new Mithraeum Museum in the City of London, a range of Roman themed events is taking place throughout the late summer months.

Jul
09
2017