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Black lives matter is shining a light on the institutions that played a part in the slave trade, and london has a big slavery problem, write alan crawford, greg ritchie and viren vaghela. here we look at londons part in the british slave trade and the impact left in our historic environment. The guildhall, gresham street, london ec2v 7hh epitomises the involvement of london in the transatlantic slave trade. This was the meeting place between 16 of 15 lord mayors of london. london was a major port sending slave ships to africa and the americas and handling and processing most of the sugar and other slave-produced goods imported into the country. Londons sex slave industry how itv news uncovered the story. from a kneeling slave at the royal exchange to the coffee house that was at the heart of the trade, a new tour is revealing a side of london that is often glossed over. London slave merchants were also involved in sending slaves to barbados, as yet a third letter requested we pray you buy as many lusty negers as she well can carry, and so despatch her to the barbados. Historically, britons were enslaved in large numbers, typically by rich merchants and warlords who exported indigenous slaves from pre-roman times and by foreign invaders from the roman empire during the roman conquest of britain. A thousand years later, british merchants became major participants in the atlantic slave trade in the early modern period. historians estimate that by the mid-1700s there were approximately 15,000 black servants many of them slaves in london, out of a population of around 700,000.