This enjoyable walk will take around some of Sir Christopher Wren's finest City churches.
Following the Great Fire of London Christopher Wren rebuilt fifty one churches plus St. Paul's Cathedral. Only thirteen of them survive in their original form. Eleven more are still standing but have been substantially altered on the inside (mainly due to The Blitz). Six more exist as towers only, and a couple have been demolished and their stones re-used elsewhere.
This tour will look at the exterior of St. Paul's and a selection of the very best churches. Highlights include the famous 'cockney church' of St Mary-le-Bow (if you want to call yourself a true cockney then you're supposed to have been born within the sound of its bell). Craig has written a review of St. Mary-le-Bow if you'd like to see what it looks like inside.
The tour will also stop at St Michael Paternoster Royal. This was Dick Whittington's local church and the famous medieval Mayor is said to have been buried within its grounds. Craig has written a review of St Michael Paternoster Royal as well, if you'd like to get a quick preview.
Important note: The tour doesn't go inside St. Paul's Cathedral itself. If you'd like to find out what it's like inside then read Craig's review of St. Paul's on his blog. You might like to look through our special section on London's churches as well.
> Craig’s review of St. Paul’s – “One of the things that I have always liked about St. Paul's Cathedral is the lousy piece of street planning outside the front door. As you walk up Ludgate Hill you'll expect to see the grand facade block off the top like a great barn door, but with the way the street curves over the brow all you get is three-quarters of the front. It's the worst piece of street planni… continued”
Evensong Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral – Every day – If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Paul's Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free.
Sunday organ recitals at St Paul’s Cathedral – Every Sun (apart from the last Sun of the month) – Listen to one of the country's finest organists play on the Grand Organ at St Paul's every Sunday
Somerset House Historical Highlights – Every Thu and Sat – This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
Guided walk around Charles Dickens’ London – Every Fri – This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels.
11 — London’s cheapest sightseeing bus – Every day – If you don't fancy spending money on an open-top sightseeing bus, then there's a cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus.
City Highlights: The Top 10 sights – Every Mon, Wed and Sun – A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile, showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London.
Mansion House: The Lord Mayor’s Residence – Every Tue – Look inside the Lord Mayor of London's official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall.
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If you enjoy St. Paul’s then you might like to visit Brompton Oratory (catch the train from St Pauls to South Kensington), Westminster Abbey (catch the train from St Pauls to Westminster) and Westminster Cathedral (catch the train from St Pauls to Victoria)
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