Did you know…? The stunning Piazza at our Grange City Hotel incorporates one of the last remaining sections of London’s Roman Wall, which stands undamaged from when it was originally patrolled by Roman sentries c. 200 AD. You can even see the loopholes where the archers would have perched; defending the ‘Square Mile’ of Londinium.
Since then, the monument has become a spectacular backdrop for private summer events and a popular choice for our guests’ al fresco dining, but now the history of the wall is being rediscovered with a special 100 Minories Pop Up Museum by the L – P: Archaeology team as part of the Festival of Archaeology. Funded by Grange Hotels, this is the first large-scale excavation of this stretch of the London City Ditch between Aldgate and the Tower of London, providing a rare insight into this area of London's past.
Project administrator Florence Laino comments: “We had a wonderful first day on Wednesday in the beautiful sunshine, with just under 200 people visiting the Museum over the course of the day. It was a delight to see so many people working in the local area curious to stop by and see the findings of the excavation.”
The aim of the project is to open up the site and broadcast its findings to the public with interactive displays, ancient artefacts and one-on-one tours led by the archaeologists themselves; encouraging the idea of open data. There will even be the chance to sample some authentic historic food - a bit different from the summer BBQs now enjoyed in this spot!
As the name suggests, the ‘Pop Up Museum’ will be a temporary fixture, so guests – if you’re looking to experience this remarkable event, then you will need to head down on 27th June or 17th / 18th July to catch all of the archaeological action. Of course, we’re lucky enough to have the wall as a permanent part of Grange City Hotel all year round, so why not come down and relax with a drink from our Lutetia Bar & Brasserie whilst revelling in this historic setting, or you can even hire our special venue for a private gathering of your own.