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.
Handel’s Messiah at St Paul’s Cathedral – 6 Dec 2018 – Enjoy a performance of Handel's Messiah by the Cathedral Choir and the City of London Sinfonia at St Pauls Cathedral
Blessing the crib at St Paul’s Cathedral – 16 Dec 2018 – The annual blessing of the crib and lighting of the Christmas trees at St Paul's Cathedral is always an atmospheric service
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols at St. Paul’s – 21 Dec 2018 – Listen to Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" performed inside St Paul's Cathedral, alongside some readings for advent.
The Original Tour — Open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – The Original Tour is one of London's most popular sightseeing buses, and it's also a great way to travel around the capital.
London Bus Tour — open-top sightseeing bus – Every day – This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions, with a free river cruise and guided walk.
TRS river cruise, from Big Ben to Greenwich – Every day – Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich, and see some of the sights along the river.
Look for more religious events taking place in November
Look for more guided tours in November
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)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans