Building London: Romans, Wren and London Today

Sir Christopher Wren changed the City’s architecture forever, but what came before and after?

300 years later, when you walk the streets of London’s Square Mile, Wren’s legacy and churches are discovered at every turn, tucked between the iconic buildings of modern London. While archaeological remains and street names reveal more of the hidden history of London’s past. London is an ever-changing landscape, and an empowering story of endurance.

This thought-provoking day of cross-curricular learning will include an interactive mapping workshop and a guided walk, encouraging pupils to consider historical concepts such as continuity and change as seen in the fabric of our city. Visit the remains of a Roman Temple at the London Mithraeum, Bloomberg SPACE and the beautiful Wren church of St Stephen Walbrook. Followed by a guided walk and History hunt around Watling Street (an old Roman Road).

Budding architectural detectives will be encouraged to look up, learn and ‘read’ what their city has to show and tell them, from Londinium, through to the Gherkin by Norman Foster. Activities will encourage critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, and creativity.

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives (History/ Geography/ Art & Architecture)

  • Develop chronological understanding of the growth of London, and how the City of London still retains traces of the old walled city (from Roman and Medieval times).
  • Develop observational skills, compare and contrast varied architectural styles and consider what styles they each find beautiful.
  • Understand Wren’s impact on rebuilding London after the Great Fire of London. Understand that his architecture was inspired by Classical architecture.
  • Explore maps from different periods. Geography fieldwork includes following the walking route and identifying buildings.

What your class will enjoy

  • Learning with an experienced education facilitator and guide
  • A structured, inspiring full-day programme
  • Skills building and hands-on activities
  • An immersive, first-hand access to London’s amazing built heritage.


  • 10am Arrival
  • 10.15am Brief look in Bloomberg Building
  • 10.30 – 11.15am London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, toilets, intro & visit Roman Temple
  • 11.15am – 12 noon Storytelling and map activity at St Stephen Walbrook
  • 12 noon – 12.30pm Lunch
  • 12.30pm – 12.45pm Maps – group activities
  • 12.45pm – 2.00pm Guided walk, finishing with roof-top view from 1 New Change (near St Paul’s underground station).

Session information

Sessions are available on selected Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. We can only take one class a day. Maximum of 30 per group.

Your day starts at St Stephen Walbrook near Bank tube station, and finishes near St Paul’s tube station.


Our Wren300 KS2 education visits are now avialable for the Autumn term. For timetable information and to check possible dates for your visit take a look at our Availability Guide.

Get in touch

Please email  or call 020 3837 5055 if you have any questions.

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