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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Discover London's Lost Jewels this autumn

12th August 2013

One of the best things about a trip to London is the opportunity it offers visitors to investigate the many mysteries and myths that surround this centuries-old metropolis.

And though the ghoulish tales of Jack the Ripper tend to come to the fore for many, every once in a while a fascinating story emerges from the cobbled streets and majestic buildings of this fair city.

One of the oldest and best concerns the legendary Cheapside Hoard - an incredible cache of priceless jewellery and gemstones dating back to the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Discovered buried deep in the dark cellar of a building on Cheapside way back in 1912, the collection has remained as a monument and mystery to a forgotten time in London's history.

Until now, this special collection of items had offered little in the way of clues about their origins and the story behind their burial.

But the latest exhibition from the Museum of London aims to change that.

Following months of new research work, and the utilisation of many previously-unknown state-of-the-art restoration techniques, this new exhibition promises to shed new light on this most legendary of hoard.

The old questions surrounding the collection still remain: who did it belong to and why did they never return to collect their bounty?

But the various insights and information offered up as part of this display go some way to unmasking the mystery surrounding this most unique of discoveries.

It also serves to offer a unique insight into life in Elizabethan and Jacobean London as well as highlighting the excesses in jewellery design at the time.

Located close to St Paul's and the general buzz of the centre of the capital, a trip to the museum could be the perfect starter on a weekend jaunt to the city.

With luxury London hotels just a stone's throw from you, there's every chance you may not want to leave.

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