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London Mithraeum

 

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Once upon an ancient Roman time there was a deity called Mithras. According to legend he one day slayed a bull and men around him decided to start worshiping him. For 4-5 centuries they built temples far and wide across the empire, formed a cult and performed rituals that are not really known nowadays.

About 1800 years later one of these temples was found 7 metres below the City of London. The ruins were discovered in 1954 and were open to the public for a short period. Unfortunately the ruins were on the way of building development and were relocated close by without giving a damn about the historic accuracy.

 

Fortunately though, in 2010 Bloomberg purchased the 1950s development and decided to restore the temple to its original location and at the end on 2017 the temple was opened to public.

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Exhibition whisks you back about 1800 years. With the play of light and sounds, for 15 minutes, you get to be part of a mysterious ritual held at Mithras temple. Access to the exhibition is free, but make sure you book your visit in advance! And while you are waiting for your slot, you have a chance to check the Roman artifacts found around the temple and learn more about the Mithras and the cult from the interactive panels.

 

 

It’s a perfect hidden gem if you happen to hang around the City of London on the weekend. City area is quite abandoned anyway over the weekend, so it’s the best time to go. However more slots are available during weekdays (especially in the morning).

Sadly for our vlog, filming in the exhibition area is prohibited.

Closest tube stations are Bank (Central line), Cannon Street and Mansion House (District and Circle line).

For more information and booking your slot, visit:
http://www.londonmithraeum.com

London according to Marko

It’s been five years since Marko moved to London. So here is a little video of his thoughts about London now.

#monthinminutes – March 2017

So March came and went. There were some serious disturbances in the world, but despite that spring came to London.

We enjoyed some quality time with our friends and family, including some proper St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans.

So here is March.

Puerto de Mogán – Gran Canaria

Almost hidden between the mountains of Gran Canaria is a small fishing village called Poerto de Mogán. It’s canals have earned it a nickname Venice of the Canaries.

#monthinminutes – February 2017

On global scale, month of February started with travel-ban chaos and “Bowling Green massacre” in US, ended with Brexit bill being passed to House of Lords without guaranteeing EU citizen rights to stay in UK.

On Beard scale it was an exciting month of interesting projects that included travels to cold and snowy Estonia and wandering in the woods. Also filming a vlog in Barbican. And on top of everything else – Holiday in Gran Canaria and a hike to North of the Island.

#monthinminutes – January 2017

When it comes to Christmas trees, January is particularly sad – you know… in December they are being brought in, made feel important and special. Then come January, they are out on a street. It’s a disaster, very sad…

On broader scale – January 2017 introduced the beginning the new era of Trump’s alternative facts and people finally got some clarity in regards of Brexit… Yes still happening…

But in this odd soup of sad Christmas trees and alternative facts, the world keeps turning and we are appreciating spending time with our friends, going to the movies and theatre and checking out luxury yachts. We also find that it’s equally important to surround us with artsy foxes, show solidarity with 100 000 people on Women’s March. And continue travelling and exploring…

Well… long story short – this is our January 2017:

12 very very useful apps for London

We had a look at our phones and decided to list the apps that we tend to use more often than not to make our lives little more streamlined in this hustling-bustling metropolis called London.

List of apps is below, but make sure to check out the above video to see more about the apps themselves and how they help us.

Getting around:
– Google Maps
– CityMapper
– Uber
– Hailo

What’s happening:
– Time Out
– Yplan

Food:
– OpenTable
– Deliveroo
– Just Eat

Shopping:
– Prime Now

Communication:
– WhatsApp

Conversation:
– Any weather app (because, you know… this is all we talk about here…)

Before you start using these apps, please make sure to check your data provider’s terms and conditions as charges may apply if you use them outside of WiFi network.

We are curious to know what apps you are using and if there’s anything crucial we might have left off. Leave your comment here or under the video.

And obviously, if there are any topics you are interested about London, please let us know and we can look into them.

#monthinminutes – December 2016

With Britain still being decisively indecisive of how to actually tackle the whole situation called Brexit (you know… only 6 months have passed after all) and US president elect tweeting all sorts of mixed messages left and right, one thing remained certain – Christmas and 2017 were coming.

So, our lives rolled on in holiday spirit – for the first time in ever we even got a tree!

Full December antics are now up on our YouTube channel.

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