Find Roman Remains in London

By Abi King | England

Nov 12

Unusual things to do in London. Among some stunning new buildings, the decadence of the Victorian era and the legacy of ancient Rome live on. - via @insidetravellab

The true City of London, or the Square Mile, forms the financial heart and hub of London. It’s a place of steel and glass, of suits and speed and the habit of gambling on the future rather than rambling on about the past. Yet among some stunning new buildings, the decadence of the Victorian era and the legacy of ancient Rome live on.

Photo of crumbling ancient Roman walls right in the centre of London's financial square mile

Roman walls at the base with medieval walls above

Roman Remains in LondonPhoto from central London in the United Kingdom.Looking up at the Willis Building on a day with clear blue skies

Just a few hundred yards from Tower Hill tube station, these former city walls stand outside the Grange City Hotel. Roman walls form the base, with the more uneven section at the top a remnant of the medieval London boundary.

Photo of tiny St Andrew's Church among the gleaming concrete buildings of the City of London

St Andrew Undershaft – Opposite the Gherkin

Next up is the tiny St Andrew Undershaft church, a medieval building that looks decidedly out of place on St Mary Axe, surrounded as it is by some of the City’s most famous modern buildings. Somehow it survived the Great Fire of London, the bombing of the Blitz and enthusiasm of the property developers and now sits snug and smug between the Gherkin, the Willis Building and the Lloyds Building:

The "inside-out" Lloyds Building reflected in the Willis Building, City of London

The “inside-out” Lloyds Building reflected in the Willis Building, City of London

The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London -a modern symbol of London

The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London

Opposite the Gherkin, you can step back to the 1930s with this Art Deco extravaganza:

Photo of Art Deco in the City of London

Art Deco in the City of London

Then, by disappearing down a few side streets, you reach the Victorian Leadenhall Market…

Victorian London: The Leadenhall Market, City of London

Victorian London: The Leadenhall Market, City of London

..to return right back to the present day with the rather eccentric Stirling Building at 1 Poultry Lane:

Photo of the Stirling Building, City of London

Stirling Building, City of London

Yet there’s one building that will, to me at least, forever represent the City of London: St Paul’s Cathedral.

Photo of St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, with a winter's tree, forever London

St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London

A special thanks to Context Travel* for arranging an extremely intelligent guide to show me the secrets of the City of London. Context Travel* arrange scholarly led tours of the world’s greatest cities and you can find out more about them here.

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