Later this month, you can witness all of London’s history — yes all of it* — played out in the Roman amphitheatre beneath Guildhall. Few spaces could be more suited to their task.
A Complete History of London is a comic theatrical production, squeezing into an hour everything from our city’s marshy prehistoric origins right up to the present day. Expect “Romans, Vikings and Danes, royals such as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, revolters like Wat Tyler, Jack Cade and Guy Fawkes as well as non-historical ‘real’ Londoners”.
Obviously, the word ‘complete’ should be taken with a pinch of something from the nearby Salter’s Hall, but other than stretching Peter Ackroyd on a rack, you’re unlikely to find a better way of gleaning so much of London’s story in 60 minutes.
A Complete History of London runs at Guildhall from 20-26 April in an event arranged by Guildhall Library. Tickets are £15 and booking opens 6 April.
*Not all of it.