The area around the Guildhall, London Location map
 
  Photograph of the Guildhall Art Gallery, London, England   Guildhall Art Gallery.

To the right of the Guildhall main entrance is the new Guildhall Art Gallery which houses a number of interesting paintings. Entrance is free at the time of writing (2012)

It also houses, in the basement, remains of part of a Roman Amphitheatre which were discovered when excavations for the new art gallery were started in 1988.

 

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  View of Mason's Avenue, Guildhall, London, England   Mason's Avenue.

Mason's Avenue runs from Coleman Street emerging into Basinghall Street by a side wall of the Guildhall. This is at the Coleman Street end and the pub on the left is the 'Old Dr Butler's Head'. It was named after the court physician to James I and was established in 1610 but had to be rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666.

 

 

 

 

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  Photograph of Guildhall Buildings, London, England   Guildhall Buildings.

Guildhall Buildings, as you can see, is a passageway not a building and runs from the courtyard at the front of the Guildhall through to Basinghall Street.

On the right is the Mayor's and City of London Court - the Lord Mayor is also the City's chief magistrate.

 

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  Photograph of a grotesque animal, Guildhall, London, England   The Guildhall.

As you walk around the outside of the Guildhall look up! On the parapet around the roof are a number of strange and grotesque animals.

This is just one of a number we saw in Basinghall Street.

 

 

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