When the Romans built Londinium circa AD 50, they chose a good place to start. The land on the north side of the river latterly known as the Thames sloped upwards; that on its swampy southern bank did not. The threat of flooding seems not to have been lost on those imperial adventurers whom Boris Johnson has termed a “bunch of pushy Italians”. Today, the high ground we call the City of London would still stay mostly dry if the river burst its banks. The same cannot be said of much else of the capital lying close to its aquatic spine. Read the Guardian story.
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