Think you know the City? Roman London is all around us yet much of it hidden away and its story untold. Discover and explore the City’s fascinating roots through a series of four tours led by award winning and best selling historian, archaeologist, author and broadcaster, Dr. Simon Elliott.
1. Billingsgate Roman House and Baths – Tuesday 30 April 6:00pm to 7:30pm
2. Roman Amphitheatre at Guildhall Yard & Drinks Reception – Thursday 30 May 4:00pm
3. Tour of Roman London – Saturday 6 July
4. London Mithraeum – Wednesday 16 October 6:00pm
Experience parts of Roman London as they are brought to life by the City of London Corporation’s Roman expert, Dr Simon Elliott. His compelling story telling will leave you with a vivid and rich view of the City’s Roman past. Tickets are £30 – £40 per tour, buy all four to secure the discounted price of £110. Tickets available to purchase at the bottom of this page.
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths
Tuesday 30 April 6:00pm to 7:30pm, £30
Explore Billingsgate Roman Bathhouse beneath the cobbled pathways of the Square mile, discovered in 1848 it lies out of sight beneath London’s office buildings. You will see the remains of this fascinating Roman Bathhouse and hear what ancient life in the City was like on this exclusive tour with Dr Elliott. After the tour we will go to The Walrus and The Carpenter pub (which takes its name from a poem by Lewis Carol – Tweedledum and Tweedledee in “Through the Looking Glass”). A table is reserved in the Cellar Bar, guests will need to purchase drinks (or food) at the main bar upstairs. The pub is located at 45 Monument Street, London EC3R 8BU.
Roman Amphitheatre at Guildhall Yard & Drinks Reception
Thursday 30 May 4:00pm, £40
Discover London’s only Roman Amphitheatre, built originally in AD70 and finally rediscovered by archaeologists in 1988 hidden beneath Guildhall Yard. It was used for public events, animal fighting, public executions and gladiatorial combat! Following this exciting tour drinks will be served in the Jon Stow Room at Guildhall Library.
Tour of Roman London
Saturday 6 July, £30
On this tour Roman London expert Dr Simon Elliott takes guests back in time to the 2nd century AD when Roman Britain was at its height. Starting at the south eastern corner of the City, Dr Elliott will show how the walls of Roman London were built, before leading guests across the provincial capital taking in all the key sites and finishing in the Museum of London at the north western corner of Londonium.
Wednesday 16 October 6:00pm – 7:00pm, £30
Join us to hear from London’s Roman expert, Dr Elliott and discover the remnants of an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the Goddess Mithras. See first hand a selection of remarkable Roman artefacts found during recent excavations. The site lies over the course of one of London’s lost rivers, the Walbrook. Nearly 2,000 years ago when Londinium was founded by the Romans, this river marked the limits of their first settlement. In the 3rd century AD, nearly 200 years after the founding of London, a Roman Londoner, built a temple to the god Mithras on this reclaimed ground, next to the river. After the tour guests will convene for drinks at The Candlemaker, located in the Wallbrook Building, 99 Cannon Street, EC4N 5EA.
Short Biog of Dr Simon Elliott
Dr Simon Elliott is an award winning and best selling historian, archaeologist, author, broadcaster, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent, Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology and Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology. He has written a wide variety of books on themes regarding classical history, including Septimius Severus in Scotland, Sea Eagles of Empire, Empire State: How the Roman Military Built an Empire, and Roman Legionaries. He is co-Director of a Roman villa excavation in the Medway Valley.