This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | email@example.com to make a booking.
Meet your guide and sample the tour. In this clip Kevin shows us how to “read” the London Wall, dissects the legendary derivation of the name London, and sheds a lot of light on rarely seen old maps and illustrations.
The tour is led by Kevin Flude, a former archaeologist at the Museum of London, who has an interest both in the archaeological evidence as well as the myths and legends of London’s origin.
The tour will tell the story of the legendary origins of London which record that it was founded in the Bronze Age by an exiled Trojan called Brutus. The new City was called Troia Nova or New Troy, which became corrupted to Trinovantum, and then changed to Lud’s Dun and eventually Londinium. When the Roman system broke down in 410 AD, historical records were almost non-existent, until the building of St Pauls Cathedral in 604 AD. The two hundred-year gap, sometimes called the Dark Ages, has another rich selection of legends. The walk will explore these stories and compare with the archaeology findings.
The route starts at Tower Hill, then down to the River at Billingsgate, London Bridge, up to the Roman Forum at the top of Cornhill, into the valley of the River Walbrook, along Cheapside to the Roman Amphitheatre, and finishing up in the shadow of St Pauls.
“Kevin, I just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you ever so much for your archaeological tours of London! I am so thrilled to have stumbled upon your tours! I have wanted to be an archaeologist since 1978 at the ripe old age of 8 years, when my father took me to the Dickson Mounds in Lewiston, Illinois, which was a Native American burial mound site. It has since been reburied, but a museum remains on site. I was lucky enough to see the full excavation before it was mandated to be reburied. I was told for years that I could not be an archaeologist [for any number of reasons, which I now realize are completely ridiculous!], so I ended up on a different course of study. And now at the age of 50, it is my one great regret in life. So, I am thoroughly enjoying living vicariously through you, the digs you’ve been on, and the history you bring to life for us! British archaeology would have been my specific area of study had I pursued it. Thank you SO MUCH for these! I look forward to them more than you can imagine, and honestly, I’ll be sad if you get them down to 1.5 hours! They’re the best 2 hours of my week! 🙂 Best, Sue S. Denver, Colorado”