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I have great pleasure in inviting you to join me for a visit to the London Mithraeum – The Roman Temple of Mithras – on Tuesday 9 October.

Opened only last year, the Roman Temple of Mithras has been returned to its location of discovery in the heart of the City. Situated on the site of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters it showcases the ancient temple and a selection of the remarkable Roman artefacts found during the recent excavation which was one of the most extensive ever to have taken place in London, revealing new evidence of the area’s Roman origins. The site lies over the course of one of London’s lost rivers, the Walbrook. Nearly 2,000 years ago when Londinium was founded by the Romans, this river marked the limits of their first settlement. The mysterious cult of Mithras spread across Europe and attracted predominantly merchants, soldiers and imperial administrators. In the 3rd century AD, nearly 200 years after the founding of London, a Roman Londoner built a temple to the god Mithras on reclaimed ground next to the river. We have the great opportunity to be joined by a curator from the Museum of London Archaeology who will give a talk about the temple and give us a guided tour.

Our visit will commence at 5.00 pm and last about an hour. Following our visit we will be dining at Williamson’s Tavern, 1 Groveland Court, London EC4, about 5 minutes’ walk from the London Mithraeum.

Numbers are limited to 30, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis