London has always had a fascination with ancient Egypt dating back to the ‘Egyptomania’ of Victorian times and today the city is recognized as one of the foremost centres of Egyptological research. The collection of the British Museum is world renowned, as is its most famous exhibit, the Rosetta Stone. But there are many other less well-known but equally fascinating Egyptian treasures hidden throughout the city, from the great sarchophagus of King Seti I amongst the overflowing collection of curiosities at the Soane Museum, to Howard Carter’s grave, and Victorian houses adorned with sphinxes and obelisks.
Google recently added a new feature that allows you to make your own customized maps, so I decided to compile a list of all the Egyptological places in London, many that I love and others that I hope to visit soon myself.
To explore London’s ancient Egyptian side, please go to the full screen version of the map here.
And here’s a link to the Google Earth KML file.
2 Replies to “A Guide to Ancient Egyptian London”
Have you seen the interior of the Mcdonalds in the road parallel to the BM, it has Egyptianising themes and motives including columns and tomb reliefs. Its very cool if you like that kind of thing.
Thanks, superb work Margaret. The images for Howard Carter and the Hoover building aren’t working at the moment by the way.
Hope you don’t mind if I link to this from my blog?
Is there any chance you could post a Google Earth KML file link as well? Here’s one I did before: Ancient Egyptian City Spotted From Space as an example.