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Over the years London has become one of the most vibrant cities in the World. It has grown from a small iron age settlement on the banks of the river Thames, to a vast commercial city, with some of the world's renown architecture, as well as keeping with traditions of its past alive.

The making of London was mainly due to the Roman invasion of Britain by Claudius in 43 AD. Their first capital city however was Colchester in Essex. London's main attraction for the Romans was the River Thames, which made it the best placed in Britain for trading with the rest of the Roman Empire. London or Londinium as it was known in Roman times became the centre of commerce and trade.

For people visiting London for the first time it must be one of bewilderment, from seeing Londonís vast array of streets, laid without design or forethought. London was not planned; it has evolved, with each generation leaving its own footprint on the ever-changing face of London.

Londoners and visitorsí alike might think they already have a good knowledge of London; however there are still many curiosities and unknown corners which are hidden secretly away, waiting to be discovered, behind the maze of a commercialised city which has now developed before us in recent years.

Almost every time a new building development takes place archaeologist have a dig down to Roman levels and quite often make some startling discoveries. Many of these can be seen in the Museum of London, thanks to some of these discoveries we now know where the Great Forum of Roman London was built and where the Roman Amphitheatre had once stood. The giant Thameslink tunnels now being dug deep below the surface of London, have revealed many Roman graves and plague pits. Yet there are two-thousand-year-old Roman walls running above the surface through the city, which you can see and touch for free! Surprisingly there are many visitors who do not realise this, so the question must be asked, how many lesser known curiosities are going undiscovered by them?

Knowledge of London website celebrates eleven years

Knowledge of London was first launched on Saint George's day, (the Patron Saint of England) on the 23rd of April 2004, which also happens to be Shakespeare's accepted birthday. From its earliest conception this website has focused on the hitherto undiscovered gems of hidden London.

Our on-line visitors, from far and wide, are telling us that through our determination of keeping away from the tourist hotspots, we have gained a niche in the market through hard work and a dedicated passion.

Like London, this website will never be fully completed. With the passing of time we will search out for more unknown classics to whet your appetites, tempting you to revisit Knowledge of London time and time again, for more hidden treasures to view in the future.

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