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.
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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