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Missing Italy? Here’s a taste of Roman history right in the heart of London

Legionaries from Spain and Hungary rubbed shoulders with merchants such as Lucius Tettius, a trader from North Africa who imported the Romans’ favourite fish sauce from the south of France. Less than 20 years later, disaster struck – Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni, led her tribe to battle against the Romans, slaughtering the inhabitants of Londinium before burning the city to the ground. Following the eventual defeat of the Iceni, Londinium was rebuilt, and soon it was booming again.

By the second century it had become the capital of Britannia, welcoming the emperor Hadrian among others.

If you want to follow in the footsteps of emperors, here’s a quick guide to Roman Londinium.

Roman City Walls

A large portion of the Roman Walls can be visited, but those who just want a quick look should head to Tower Hill. Just outside the entrance to the Tube station you’ll see a fairly representative section of the wall at almost full height.

Somewhat surprisingly, Londinium didn’t have any permanent city walls until late in the second century AD, after a renegade general, Clodius Albinus, declared himself emperor and led the British legions into Gaul against the real emperor, Septimius Severus. The revolt was quickly crushed, and Severus ordered the construction of walls around the city to keep out any marauding locals who might have taken advantage of the period of chaos.

Don’t be fooled by the statue of Trajan, by the way – he never came to Britain. The council bought the statue from a junkyard and thought it would look good against the Roman wall!

If you want to see one of the remaining chunks of wall in an unusual spot, head to London Wall car park nearby and bay 52, where the wall never has to pay for parking.

Find it: Tower Hill, Barbican and Noble Street

Tube: Tower Hill

All Hallows by the Tower

The oldest church in the City, All Hallows dates from the 7th century. Over the years it’s played host to the bodies of those executed by irate monarchs in the Tower of London, including Sir Thomas More. But long before such grisly happenings, this was a bustling part of the Roman town. Roman tiles have been re-used in the Saxon brickwork, and in the crypt there’s a small museum of finds dating back to the 2nd century AD.

Find it: Byward Street

Tube: Tower Hill

Billingsgate Bath House

The remains of a late second century AD residence with its own private bath house. Originally a luxurious waterfront abode, it boasted underfloor heating and a full suite of baths, including a warm room with a bathing pool, a steam room, and a cold plunge bath.

Find it: 101 Lower Thames Street

Tube: Monument, Tower Hill

Roman legionary fortress, Barbican

Roman tower at Barbican (snigl3t)

Roman forts were shaped like a playing card, with curved corners. See one for yourself at the Barbican, where you can explore the remains of a second century tower that marked the north-western corner of Londinium. You can also follow the line of the fortress wall, which was re-fortified as part of the city wall in the medieval period. The 1,000 legionaries stationed here likely had a cushy job most of the time – they served as bodyguards and messengers to the governor of the province rather than frontline soldiers.

Find it: In the gardens off Wood Street.

Tube: Barbican.

St Magnus the Martyr

There’s been a church at this location for more than 900 years, but before the advent of Christianity this site, right on the edge of the Thames, made it an ideal spot for Roman merchants to establish their shops and warehouses. Outside St Magnus’s is a remnant of the very first London Bridge. Carbon dated to 75 AD and made of long-lasting alder, it’s thought to be a piling from either the bridge itself or the river wall of the docks close by.

Find it: Lower Thames Street

Tube: Cannon Street

Southwark Cathedral

On the other side of the current London Bridge lies Southwark Cathedral. In Roman times, this would have been a lively settlement of native people, foreign visitors, and soldier’s families. As the city grew in importance the inevitable gentrification took place along the South Bank, and fashionable villas sprouted on the shoreline. In the aisles of Southwark Cathedral are fragments of mosaic from the Roman villa which once stood here.

Find it: London Bridge

Tube: London Bridge

Roman amphitheatre, London Guildhall

Inside the amphitheatre attraction (Luke McKernan)

Eight metres beneath the medieval Guildhall lies a Roman amphitheatre. The extent of the seating area is marked with a black line on the pavement in Guildhall Yard; down below you can tread the sands and imagine the roar of the crowd. Some 8,000 spectators could have packed into the amphitheatre, expecting a gruesomely entertaining day out. Beast fights were held in the morning – probably wolves, bears, or packs of wild dogs – although the emperor Claudius did bring elephants to Britain, so it’s possible more exotic animals would have been on display. Then at lunchtime the arena was used for the executions of criminals before the big ticket gladiatorial fights in the afternoon. The burial of a wealthy female gladiator was discovered in Southwark and she probably fought, and maybe fell, in this amphitheatre.

Find it: Guildhall Yard

Tube: Bank, Mansion House, St Paul’s

The London Stone

It’s hard to believe that this unimpressive lump of rock inspired so much devotion in times gone by, but for centuries it was used as the medieval equivalent of Speaker’s Corner. It even bagged a brief role in Shakespeare’s Henry VI as a rallying-point for action against the Crown. One thing’s for sure, the London Stone has been around for a long time. It’s thought to date from the rebuilding of Londinium by the governor, Julius Classicianus, in the AD60s, and it’s been suggested that it formed part of the governor’s palace, which once stood beneath Cannon Street station.

Find it: 111 Cannon Street.

Tube: Cannon Street.

The Mithraeum

Inside the Mithraeum attraction (It’s No Game)

Leave modern London behind as you descend into another era, and glimpse the mysterious eastern cult of the god Mithras.

Temples to this deity were constructed underground or in cave-like buildings, and you’ll experience the awe of the initiate as you enter the shadowy space with its immersive experience for all the senses.

A secretive cult open only to men, Mithraism was popular with soldiers across the empire. An interactive exhibition helps you explore the artefacts found on site, and during a visit to the temple itself you’ll hear whispered conversations and an atmospheric light display.

Find it: 12 Walbrook

Tube: Cannon Street

Another site just outside of Zone 1 is Crofton Roman Villa at Orpington

The only Roman villa to survive in London, Crofton once had an estate of 500 acres and was occupied for almost three hundred years from the mid-second century AD. Ten of the rooms can be seen today, with hypocausts and tessellated floors. Many of these large country estates were built as money-spinning enterprises (the Roman army ate a lot of sausages, so pig-breeding was extremely profitable!) as well as a place for a wealthy senator to escape the noise of the city.

Interested in learning more? Check out the permanent displays in the Museum of London, where you can see the head of Mithras discovered in the Mithraeum, and a pair of leather bikini pants, probably worn by a gladiator in the amphitheatre.

There’s also the permanent collection at the British Museum, which houses inscriptions and artefacts from Roman Londinium. Look out for the mosaic of Bacchus riding on the back of a tiger, from Leadenhall Street.

Author: Daily Express newspaper
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Holidays 2021: Quirky or just plain bonkers, museums for every taste

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With hundreds of hand-made pieces advertising discos, cocktails and casinos, as well as old fairground lights and movie props, the kaleidoscopic collection occupies every inch of space in a warehouse on the Ravenswood Industrial Estate. Its late owner, Chris Bracey the “Neon Man”, got his start by making signs for Soho strip clubs before his talents were spotted by Hollywood and he began creating props for directors including Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan. Functioning on many levels, it’s a free art gallery, signage dealership, prop shop for film and photography – and it houses The Rolling Scones cafe bar. Free, godsownjunkyard.co.uk
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire

This zoo and amusement park for young children contains a hidden gem – an unrivalled collection of vintage fairground rides, machines and side shows from the turn of the 20th century to the 1970s.

Painted in dazzling colours, there’s a 1922 Galloper, classic Flying Chair, Speedway rides, Waltzers, a 1960s’ ghost train as well as a ride based on 1950s’ British TV puppet Muffin the Mule.

Each attraction is accompanied by an information board that gives details of its manufacturer and history of ownership.

£19.95 adult/£17.95 child, folly-farm.co.uk

Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh

Within the Royal College of Surgeons’ William Playfair building lies the most extraordinary of pathology collections. The Wohl Pathology Museum, the History of Surgery Museum and the Dental Collection form Scotland’s largest medical museum, which opened in 1832.

The History of Surgery Museum traces the key dates in Scotland’s surgical advances. Visitors can also learn about murderers and bodysnatchers Burke and Hare and drop by the dedicated Anatomy Theatre with interactive dissection table. “Object of the Month” has included a 19th-century Craniotomy Set which includes a trephine and skull saw.

£8 adult/£4.50, museum.rcsed.ac.uk


God’s Own Junkyard is packed with neon signs (Image: Getty)

Derwent Pencil Museum, Cumbria

Located in Keswick, home of the first pencil, visitors enter this museum through a replica graphite mine which would have served as the source of the pencil industry more than three centuries ago.

Discover the secret Second World War pencils with hidden maps; the Queen’s diamond Jubilee pencil; miniature pencil sculptures and one of the largest colour pencils in the world, measuring almost 26ft. There’s also a fine art retail shop, art workshops and a coffee shop with free wifi.

£4.60 adult/£3.70 child, derwentart.com/en-gb

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Worcs

In the 1960s, Britain believed it was building its way to a better future by carving out motorways and constructing shopping malls. But historic buildings and structures were bulldozed in the process.

To make way for a bypass, such a fate was destined for a medieval house in Bromsgrove until a local landowner decided to step in and save it. The house was carefully deconstructed, the parts labelled and packaged, before it was transported to a field outside the town where it was reassembled.

The operation was such a success that an assortment of other doomed buildings around the Midlands and Wales were then saved. This became the basis for the museum, which opened in 1967.

Set in 19 acres of parkland in Stoke Heath, the collection of 30 exhibits includes a windmill, a highway toll house, a post-Second World War prefab and an 18th-century outdoor toilet. It is also home to the British National Telephone Kiosk Collection.

£5, avoncroft.org.uk


Avoncroft Museum was built in the 1960s (Image: Getty)

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History, Norfolk

Before the discovery of the North Sea natural reserves, gas was manufactured locally using a process called coking. Popular until the 1960s, the process was phased out and sites demolished, but Fakenham town gasworks survived.

Now deemed a scheduled monument, its on-site museum tells the story of how the precious energy source was produced and houses equipment such as condensers and purifiers used to manufacture gas from coal. There’s also a remarkable collection of gas appliances used in homes.

Free, fakenhamgasmuseum.com

British Lawnmower Museum, Southport

Enter the mow-mentous world of ex-lawnmower racing champion Brian Radam. His interest stems from early involvement in his family business which started in 1945 and developed into Lawnmowerworld, catering for all aspects of sales, spares and service of the machine.

The museum is one of the world’s leading authorities on vintage lawnmowers. Step inside the lawngreen shop front to be in the same room as a solar-powered robot mower and the first ever Flymo.

It also houses lawnmowers owned by Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Brian May, Eric Morecambe, Hilda Ogden actress Jean Alexander, and Alan Titchmarsh.

£3 adult/£1 child, lawnmowerworld.com

Dog Collar Museum, Leeds Castle, Kent

Did you know that King Henry VIII’s palace with Catherine of Aragon is also home to the world’s largest collection of historic dog collars?

Featuring more than 130 examples, the earliest is a 15th century Spanish iron herd mastiff’s collar worn for protection against wolves and bears roaming across Europe.

Others include 16th-century German iron collars, ornate ones from the Baroque period, finely chased 19th-century silver examples and 20th-century versions made from tyres, beads and plastic.

£28 adult/£19.50 child, leeds-castle.com

Land of Lost Content, Shropshire

With 37 displays spread over four floors of a former 17th-century market hall, this lovingly put together collection features everything that grandparents, parents and children once owned, used, played with, threw away and forgot about.

Indulge in a million memories of 20th-century pop culture with obscure and ordinary objects from the pre-digital era, such as pots of Pond’s face powder, boxes of peppermint creams, Meccano, an Etch A Sketch, an Ena Sharples pint glass, an On The Buses board game, an A-Team drinking flask…

Not as obscure as you might think, the attraction in the town of Craven Arms featured in the bright lights of Bargain Hunt in November 2020.

£8 adult/£6 child, lolcmuseumofpopculture.co.uk

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Gut health: Sounds, taste and visual clues indicating poor gut health – how to remedy it

Many people may be surprised to know but you can also taste if your gut is unhealthy.

Sufferers of acid reflux may experience a sour taste caused by regurgitated stomach acid and could indicate poor gut health.

Jo added: “Another common symptom of acid reflux is heartburn, a burning sensation in the middle of your chest and you may also experience bloating and feeling sick.

“Acid reflux and heartburn can be caused or made worse by eating certain food and drink, such as coffee, tomatoes, alcohol, chocolate or fatty/spicy foods, as well as if you smoke, are pregnant, have stress and anxiety, or are obese.

“Simple lifestyle changes can help stop or reduce heart burn and acid reflux, including eating smaller and more frequent meals, losing weight and finding ways to relax.

“Reflux can be very painful but is so straightforward to manage that you should see your GP or a dietitian if you have it regularly.

“However, if left untreated, stomach acid moving up into the base of the oesophagus can, over time increase your risk of developing oesophageal cancer.”

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Meghan Markle 'impeccable taste in style' for first appearance since Oprah interview

Meghan Markle spoke about her unborn child during a virtual speech for the Global Citizen’s VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World. It marked the first time the Duchess of Sussex has spoken publicly about her and Prince Harry’s baby girl who is due in “the summertime”, following the Oprah interview.
In the video, Meghan said: “My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter.

“It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families across the world.

“When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and the support to lead us forward.

“Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to set them up, and set all of us up, for a successful, equitable, compassionate tomorrow.

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Taking to Twitter to share their thoughts on the outfit, royal fans expressed how stunning the pregnant Duchess looked.

One person said: “She has impeccable taste in style, lovely Duchess.”

Another said: “Basically…I’m in love with Meghan Markle.”

“It’s the face, hair, earrings, watch and bracelet that I’m in love with,” a third fan said.

She also went for a peach blush and a nude glossy lip.

The appearance from the Duchess marks the first one since she and Harry dropped their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

For the interview with Oprah, Meghan went for a black belted silk dress from designer Armani that retails at around £3,000.

It featured a bold lotus flower print and she accessoried the look with jewellery from Canadian brand Birks and British designer Pippa Small.

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Heart attack: Burping, belching, sour taste in mouth or indigestion are lesser-known signs

“Heart attacks sometimes mimic simple health conditions, such as indigestion, so it’s important to know the difference between these and other conditions,” said Dr Mark Perlroth, professor of medicine.

He continued: “Indigestion usually is accompanied by burping, belching, heartburn, nausea, and a sour taste in the mouth and could be a sign.”

Medicine Net added: “Nausea or feeling sick on your stomach is a less common but possible symptom of a heart attack.

“Sometimes belching or burping can accompany nausea, and some patients have described a feeling like indigestion associated with a heart attack.”

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Coronavirus symptoms update: Mouth symptoms include loss of taste, dry mouth and blisters

In a latest study, COVID-19 infecting cells in the mouth which in turn affects saliva and cells in the mouth was investigated.

US researchers found evidence that salivary glands are one area in the mouth where the novel coronavirus infects the cells.

It was noted the infection in the mouth accounts for the oral symptoms experienced in patients including a loss of taste, dry mouth and blisters.

Experts hypothesised the mouth may also play a role in transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to the lungs or digestive system via saliva laden with virus from infected oral cells.

Prior evidence has already suggested Covid-19 spreads via mouth and nose secretions, including saliva, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

Compared with other oral tissues, cells of the salivary glands, tongue, and tonsils carry the most RNA linked to proteins that the SARS-CoV-2 virus needs to infect cells.

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Heart attack symptoms: Sour taste in mouth and other unusual warning signs

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency whereby the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. Most people know to look out for chest pain. According to the NHS, the chest can feel like it’s being pressed or squeezed by a heavy object, and pain can radiate from the chest to the jaw, neck, arms and back. However, this is the only symptom to look out for.
Pain levels can also vary from person to person.

“For some people the pain or tightness in their chest is severe, while other people just feel uncomfortable, or pain similar to indigestion,” explains the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Heart attack symptoms can also persist over days, or they can come on suddenly and unexpectedly, notes the BHF.

There is a common misconception that men and women experience different symptoms when having a heart attack.

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“While symptoms vary from person to person, there are no symptoms that women experience more or less often than men,” explains the BHF.

How to respond

If you suspect the symptoms of a heart attack, call 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Do not worry if you have doubts.

As the NHS points out, paramedics would rather be called out to find an honest mistake has been made than be too late to save a person’s life.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), you should choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium.

To do this you should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fibre-rich whole grains, fish (preferably oily fish-at least twice per week), nuts, legumes and seeds and try eating some meals without meat, the AHA advises.

Limit sugar-sweetened beverages and red meat, and, if you choose to eat meat, select the leanest cuts available, it advises.

The other key preventative measure is to be physically active.

“Being active and doing regular exercise will lower your blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition,” explains the NHS.

As the health body notes, regular exercise can also help you lose weight, which will help to lower your blood pressure – a heart attack precursor.