The history of London dates back millennia, and so it might not be a surprise to know that there are plenty of historic sites in the city that reflect its age. From catacombs deep underground to museums unearthing unique secrets, we often overlook these attractions for the more modern.
With a dramatic history beating still in the chest of London, guests at London hotels may opt for Hyde Park or Trafalgar Square for their London history lessons. With high street districts such as the shops in Cardinal Place promising plenty of distractions, you might not think you have time to dig deep into the history of the city and the culture it’s nurtured. Thankfully enough, the city is full to the brim with centrally located historic monuments, and this list of unique attractions to visit will really help you get to know the ancient cultures and traditions of the UK Capital.
The London Wall
The London Wall was built around AD 200 and can still be found at several sites across the city. With one remnant located near to Borough Market, the other near Tower Hill and one close to the Barbican, this Roman Wall made from stone and red tiles originally stretched for two whole miles and enclosed the whole of what was then known as Londinium.
Whilst the London Bridge we know today is just one of the many incarnations, the bridge itself is thought to have first been constructed in the Roman era and first replaced as far back as AD 55. Having been destroyed in the Boudican Revolt of AD 60, and over the centuries in several fires, the bridge was once the only one over London and holds quite a history to it.
Museum of London
The Museum of London is one of the definitive exhibit spaces in which to find an overview of what London was like during the Roman era. With a broad variety of busts, model replicas and artefacts, this is the definitive exhibit for a deep dive into London’s ancient civilisations. Furthermore, you can find exhibits in this Barbican based museum exploring the world of the prehistoric animals known to have lived in what was once a dense wilderness.
Guests at the Grand Royale London are never far from unique exhibits. The London Mithraeum, for instance, stands underneath the commuter district of Bank. Located underneath Walbrook Street, the London Mithraeum was probably built in the middle of the 3rd century and dedicated to the God Mithras, before being rededicated to Bacchus in the early 4th century. The Mithraeum has been reconstructed and is open to visiting, giving guests the chance to explore the worshipping spot of a long lost god.
Based in the Billingsgate area of London, the remains of this Roman Bathhouse was preserved over the 60s’ and 70s’ and gives visitors the chance to explore a range of hypocausts, roman baths and remains, all on the banks of the Thames. These Roman ruins include collections of coins, baths and walled structures and are just a 2-minute walk from Monument Station.