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“The City of London's art collection - and an amphitheatre” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Art Gallery
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London, United Kingdom
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“The City of London's art collection - and an amphitheatre”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

The Corporation of the City of London had a beautiful - if relatively small - art collection. Small in terms of the number of paintings on display, but some paintings are huge or by well known names or of great historical significance. Also historically important are the remains of a small part of Roman London's amphitheatre on display in situ in a sub basement. Free entry and some interesting things to see - well worth half an hour if you're nearby

Visited August 2014
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“Visited the ruins of a Roman amphitheater in the basement”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Just before the 4pm closing on a Sunday afternoon, we arrived at the Guildhall Art Gallery to see the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. Staff kindly directed us to the elevator downstairs noting that we only had about 15 minutes before closing. Once downstairs, we quickly found the ruins we had come to see. Indeed, there was little to see here as the ruins look like foundation walls, brick upon brick, not much higher than 3 feet and not that much of them either. I think what surprised me was the creamy color of these bricks. The information boards were very informative as they explained the purpose of the amphitheater, its use and then gradual disuse. Having seen several Roman amphitheaters in Europe, I must say that this one really made me use my imagination as to how it appeared then. Later, in the Guildhall, the security guard pointed out the dark grey bricks in the square that go in a semi-circle. Those bricks mark the circumference of the amphitheater. Seeing these colored bricks, I could visualize more easily an amphitheater being on this spot. We didn't have time to even poke our noses into the art gallery which looked attractively set out as we walked to the exit. This exhibit is free and, on a late Sunday afternoon, few people were about. Had I not read in my guidebook that the Guildhall Art Gallery was open on a Sunday, I would have passed by thinking it was closed. The in situ exhibit of the ruins showed more evidence of the Romans in this part of London.

Visited June 2014
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“Compact, varied - and free!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

An unplanned visit proved most worthwhile: the building itself is attractive both inside and out, as one would expect; the paintings (largely Victorian upstairs, I believe - more modern ones elsewhere) are varied and interesting; there was an absorbing Tower Bridge exhibition - mainly paintings but also old papers (plans/tickets); and one can of course pop into the basement to see the real remnants of the Roman amphitheatre (atmospherically displayed in that much is necessarily left to one's imagination). I spent a very pleasant hour plus there - though one could simply pop in for a few minutes, and then admired the architecture outside and the beer festival in the courtyard. A special mention goes to the very friendly security and mini-shop staff.

Visited July 2014
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“Compact but beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

Hidden away in the Guildhall Yard in an unprepossessing modern building. Inside is delightfully quiet (apart from occasional group visits) and there is a fantastic collection of painting, London paintings and of course the Roman Amphitheater. We were lucky enough that our visit coincided with an Anniversary for Tower Bridge (120 years). In the summer it is also fantastically air conditioned!

Visited July 2014
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“Roman Amphitheatre was the draw for us.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Have to admit we only had a quick peek at the art gallery. Though one picture caught my eye and the staff member in the room went out of her way to tell me about it which was good.

The Roman amphitheatre in the basement was the real reason for our visit. Sorry!
Anyway well worth the visit to see it, though you do have to kind of try to imagine where it would sit in things lay out wise. Maybe a map of Londinium at the time and where it sat in it would help?
All staff were friendly and helpful.

Visited June 2014
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