Guildhall is a municipal building in the Moorgate area of the City of London, England. It is off Gresham and Basinghall streets, in the wards of Bassishaw and Cheap. The building has been used as a town hall for several hundred years, and is still the ceremonial and administrative centre of the City of London and its Corporation. It should not be confused with London's City Hall, the administrative centre for Greater London. The term "Guildhall" refers both to the whole building and to its main room, which is a medieval great hall. The nearest London Underground stations are Bank, St Paul's and Moorgate. It is a Grade I-listed building.
During the Roman period, the Guildhall was the site of the London Roman Amphitheatre, rediscovered as recently as 1988. It was the largest in Britannia, partial remains of which are on public display in the basement of the Guildhall Art Gallery, and the outline of whose arena is marked with a black circle on the paving of the courtyard in front of the hall. Indeed, the siting of the Saxon Guildhall here was probably due to the amphitheatre's remains. Excavations by Museum of London Archaeology at the entrance to Guildhall Yard exposed remains of the great 13th-century gatehouse built directly over the southern entrance to the Roman amphitheatre, which raises the possibility that enough of the Roman structure survived to influence the siting not only of the gatehouse and Guildhall itself but also of the church of St Lawrence Jewry whose strange alignment may shadow the elliptical form of the amphitheatre beneath.
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Matthieu B | Aug 1, 2018
Gorgeous building. I have not been inside but just come on the square in front of it to lunch on a seat and relax. It's a very nice place away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Andrew Constable | Feb 11, 2018
A fascinating place to visit both inside & out. The big courtyard outside becomes very interesting when you discover the black line around the outside is in fact the line of the old Roman amphitheatre who's remains are accessible to view (free of charge) in the basement. Besides the amphitheatre remains there is also a good selection of art on display plus if there isn't an event on in the guildhall itself you may get a chance to have a look at the great hall!
Ar Em | May 26, 2018
Lovely venue full of history. Brilliant Art gallery and was surprised to find that a ruins of an Amphitheater is located underground. Attended events here. A Crypt is located downstairs for receptions.
Ray Bird | Apr 16, 2018
A very interesting historical venue. Venue for Commonwealth Business Forum 2018 from 16/4 to 18/4. Amazingly historical venue going back around 2000years, including remains of Roman amphitheatre, housed in a 14th century building
Sunny Azarpour | Feb 13, 2018
I attended an all day conference here. Beautiful premises with excellent architecture to see. Pretty good access for everyone including wheelchair access. Wonderful place on the lower ground floor where lunch was served, very grand and salubrious environment. A good experience.
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