Discovering A Secret London

In the heart of the City of London stands the Gherkin, its unusual bullet shape making the 41-storey building one of the most recognisable skyscrapers in the metropolis.

While thousands of commuters traipse past what is actually called 30 St Mary Axe, only a handful will have ever noticed an inscription carved into stone at its rear.

For here lies the grave of a teenage Roman girl, whose skeleton was found while the Gherkin was being built in 1995. Her body was reinterred in 2007 and her burial, originally carried out between AD 350 and 400, is marked with a plaque.

The Gherkin in London. April 2015. Photo by Natalie Marchant

This is just one of the many hidden gems revealed in the wonderfully quirky Secret London – an Unusual Guide. It is the perfect compact guide for even the most knowledgeable Londoner to learn more about their city.

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4 Responses to Discovering A Secret London

  1. This sounds fantastic – I’ve lived in London for 15 years and don’t think I knew any of these.

    • admin says:

      The mosaics really caught me out as I’ve walked over them dozens of times. It’s such a great little guide. My uncle lent it to us last weekend and he’s used it loads too. I’ve got a similar guide for Vienna – which I’ll have to do a post on the next time I’m over there!

  2. martin says:

    Normally these ‘secret’ things are fairly well-known, but for a change I didn’t know most of these!

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