City Walks: Roads to Rome
Today's walk followed the City of London's "Roads to Rome: Step into the heart of Roman London and discover the beginnings of the City" self-guided walk. As the pamphlet says, "The City of London is the oldest part of London, dating back to AD50. Roman invaders built a bridge over the Thames – the only crossing into the City for 1,700 years – and created a settlement around it, named Londinium. The new settlement was well placed on the river, and traders soon flocked to Londinium to buy and sell goods, making it an important commercial centre."
"Today, most of the remains of Londinium are 7m (23 feet) below where you stand: 2,000 years of building, fire and bombs have hidden much of the Roman settlement. Many fascinating items have been discovered during foundation works for new buildings and archaeological digs, and are kept at the Museum of London. This trail takes you to the museum via some of the remains of Roman London that still stand, and also provides the spark for you to imagine what the ancient settlement looked like."
Distance: around 3 miles.