London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE

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London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE

London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE
4.5
Art Galleries • Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE returns the Roman Temple of Mithras to the location of its discovery in the heart of the City. Situated on the site of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, this cultural hub showcases the ancient temple, a selection of the remarkable Roman artefacts found during the recent excavation, and a series of contemporary art commissions responding to one of the UK’s most significant archaeological sites.
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Cannon St • 2 min walk
  • Bank • 2 min walk
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Caroline S
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Couples
This is a small and very well organised museum with great technology and immersive experience. It’s free, but you need to book a timed entry. Suitable for children as well, maybe 7-8+. Big thanks to Bloomberg for this philanthropic gem.
Written August 6, 2022
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JSSAmber
Cambridge, UK470 contributions
You can spend as little as 30 minutes or as long as a couple of hours here and be glad for the time spent. This archaeological site has been fully excavated and explained using modern, clear interfaces. There's a cool but not deeply informative "immersive" display as well as some fun facts on tablets and monitors.
Written July 18, 2022
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Kamilla G
Copenhagen, Denmark12 contributions
Couples
Interesting if you are into the prehistoric part of the city. Book time slot in advance to save time. Not that you need to spend that much time on it🙂
Written July 7, 2022
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hsasmith
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK813 contributions
Solo
Doesn't take long to visit but the information boards were good and the staff were helpful. Not great for kids but enjoyed.
Written July 6, 2022
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S L
Montreal, Canada48 contributions
I had read about the Mithraeum and overestimated the experience. This is a ticketed, free visit and takes perhaps a half hour depending on how long you have to wait for the "show" to start. It is interesting to learn about the context of the Mithraeum on the way in, so take the time to read the three illuminated panels. I think I just expected more than the sound and lights in the room. There is a space in the entry that shows contemporary art work as well as some artifacts. We had recently visited the British Museum and St Paul's and to be fair, it is difficult to compete with that. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area but I wouldn't make a special trip.
Written July 5, 2022
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Cezawales
18 contributions
Couples
Nice staff, it's free to that's positive. The introduction to the experience says it has lights and mist . I didnt see any mist and not a lot of lights. It would be better if there was a story to listen too rather than all the chanting.
Written July 5, 2022
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K J
2 contributions
Solo
Very disappointing. This is a major historical site and it should have a proper museum and some explanation of the cult of Mithras and its historical importance. Instead it’s a huge waste of space up top and then downstairs at the actual temple it is a sound and light show. Shocking that the City authorities would permit such an important ancient site to be abused in this way.
Written June 29, 2022
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Caron M
Bedfordshire, UK268 contributions
If you have a free half hour and are in the area pop in but don't go out of your way. The three stands with information were fine as it was quiet but absolutely useless when its busy as you wouldn't get near them. We then waited a few minutes to see the temple. Good to see the columns but that was about it. Would have preferred more info rather than the chanting. The staff are all very pleasant and it is free.
Written June 9, 2022
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SavvyReeder
Tucson, AZ142 contributions
If you have 30 minutes to spare, stop by the Mithraeum. You're put in a room to read and listen to a video about the ruins. They then allow you down into the actual ruins where you listen to some latin chants (no real context to them..) and then you're able to walk around a look at the ruins as the lights come up a bit.

Informationally, it's not as robust as I would prefer, but definitely ask the front desk if they have a booklet. I was given one and it was helpful! They also have clean bathrooms for those of you looking for that!
Written June 4, 2022
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Paul C
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Very disappointing. On entry, you are directed downstairs to the remains in the basement under Bloomberg London, where you are effectively held in a dimly-lit holding bay with scant information apart from three touchscreens which are inadequate for more than one or two persons at each screen.

At the appointed time, you are then 'invited' into an adjoining, initially even darker, room for the 'immersive experience' around the temple foundations. This 'experience' is a sort of light show with sound recordings of people speaking in Latin, no English commentary, no info labels, nothing useful or helpful at all. Or, as the Bloomberg London Mithraeum website puts it:

"Haze, light and the sound of footsteps, chanting and secret whispers will transport you back to London AD 240."

After the 'immersive experience' has ended, you are invited to spend a little longer - but not too long because by this time there's another group waiting in the holding pen outside - to look at the temple's foundations, make of them what you will, and leave.

If Roman remains in a London basement are your thing, I recommend you go to the well-labelled and well-presented remains of the amphitheatre alongside Guildhall.
Written June 4, 2022
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