What could be better than roman ruins in the basement of a modern high-rise you ask? How about roman ruins in the basement of a medieval guildhall! London really does have it all.
The amphitheater of Londinium was inside the city walls (unusual for the time), and although now mostly buried/destroyed/underground, what remains is highlighted in a unique display—on Guildhall Yard is a ring that outlines the location of the walls, underneath the Yard is an imaginative lighting scheme.
I love the Guildhall because it lets me peek into life of fifteenth-century England: medieval vaults, pomp and circumstance, a hint of (imagined) grander that might have existed in 1411 when building began. Although significantly rebuilt after the fire in 1666 and the Blitz, stepping through the doors allows me to leave modern life behind, if just for a few minutes!
Go to the Guildhall Art Museum. It’s a true hidden gem!
London is like Rome: dig down a few feet and you’ll run into something ancient: from houses and baths to entire amphitheaters – stay tuned!
Who doesn’t love half-buried stones that now barely resemble what they once used to be? Apparently, it’s not just me.
The longest (and only!) queue I stood in during the Open House London 2019 was to see the Roman house and baths. Of course, they're buried in the basement of modern high-rise building.
I read a lot and I hope to help authors with the craft of writing. I share good examples of difficult aspects of writing: point of view, narration, world building and more.
Occasionally I give editing tips and share insights from the world of publishing.
England's Queens: The Biography
Keeping Up With the Editors
Happy Birthday, Poe!
Appreciate a Dragon Day
I Was Wrong – Or What I Learned from a Year on the SYP London Committee
Shortlist of the Best Books I Read in 2020
V for Vendetta
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen
The Mandibles: A Family 2029–2047
The Diary of a Bookseller
The Dutch House
The Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort
Becoming a Writer
Things Fall Apart
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