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Hidden Roman ruins in a hair salon in the City of London

For the hidden Roman ruins series, we are today in Leadenhall Market, one of the most beautiful and oldest markets in London, dating from the 14th century.

London Roman Ruins Hairdresser
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To find what we are looking for, we have to enter this shop which is located right at the entrance of the market.

This is the Nicholson & Griffin hairdresser’s. Head downstairs and you’ll find a fragment of the Roman basilica and forum that were built in the 1st century.

Yes, you understood correctly, right inside the hairdresser’s salon!



London Roman Ruins Hairdresser
© Wonders of London

Just imagine, the building would have housed the Roman town hall and law courts, and it was bigger than the current St. Paul’s Cathedral.
 
The remains of this small piece of ancient Londinium were discovered during the construction of Leadenhall Market between 1880 and 1882, and are now preserved by the Museum of London.

If you’re curious you can watch the video of the Roman ruins in the hair salon on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin!


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