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St Paul's Church Gardens, London

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St Paul's Cathedral, London, is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade I listed building. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. The present cathedral, dating from the late 17th century, was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction, completed in Wren's lifetime, was part of a major rebuilding programme in the City after the Great Fire of London. The cathedral building largely destroyed in the Great Fire, now often referred to as Old St Paul's Cathedral, was a central focus for medieval and early modern London, including Paul's walk and St Paul's Churchyard being the site of St Paul's Cross.


The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. Its dome, framed by the spires of Wren's City churches, has dominated the skyline for over 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967. The dome is among the highest in the world. St Paul's is the second-largest church building in area in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral.


Services held at St Paul's have included the funerals of Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher; jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer; the launch of the Festival of Britain; and the thanksgiving services for the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees and the 80th and 90th birthdays of Queen Elizabeth II. St Paul's Cathedral is the central subject of much promotional material, as well as of images of the dome surrounded by the smoke and fire of the Blitz.
The cathedral is a working church with hourly prayer and daily services. The tourist entry fee at the door is £20 for adults (January 2019, cheaper online), but no charge is made to worshippers.
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  • What a lovely surprise to find such peaceful gardens right next to the tourist chaos and bustle of Covent Garden, tucked away behind St Paul’s, which is known also as the Actors Church.  more »
  • A nice, peaceful place to relax and get some temporary respite from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden with Apple Market and Jubilee Market. Located around St Paul's Church, there's plenty of...  more »
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  • This is one of the best places that you can spend your free time in the city. There are so many different artist around this area that can blow your mid away with there shows. There are a lot of people most of the time and you can enjoy even a full day there. In the area you gonna find a lot of good places to eat and to get drink.
  • I thought the church inside was beautiful... Saint Paul's Church is also known as the Actors Church & linked to famous people. I had recently lost my dad when I called into this church and it was a beautiful place to light a candle and reflect. Very peaceful inside even though it is so busy outside of course. They also have concerts & a lovely little garden. Definitely worth popping in if you are in the area.
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