City Wall


Discovered after a WWII bomb razed a 19th-century warehouse, this crumbling collection of brickwork is the remains of a Roman city wall and bastion with medieval masonry piled on top. Access is via the Bastion Highwalk of the Barbican: follow the signs to 140 London Wall and take the stairs to its ground floor reception, where a footpath leads to the ruins.

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