The Romans built the city where London now stands, bridging the Thames and creating Londinium. From around AD 50 to 410, this was the largest city in Britannia and a vital international port.

Roman London was the biggest city Britain would see for over a thousand years.

At its height, around AD 120, Londinium was home to about 45,000 people. It would not reach that size again until the 13th century.

Very few of the Roman Londoners came from Rome itself.

The skeleton of the Spitalfields Woman is the only person so far in Roman Britain known to have come from Rome.

Londinium was the site of bloody gladiatorial games and beast fights.

Though it had its own amphitheatre, gladiators would have only appeared in the arena two or three times a year.