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Lovely modern stained glass

This is yet another Wren Church which is famous so far as the definition of a Cockney goes although... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Enjoy the peace and history of this Church

If you are in the area of St. Paul's Cathedral, or Monument, then it is not far to the famous St... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
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This church, designed by Christopher Wren and also known as Bow Church, is truly significant: anyone who is born within the sound of its bells is considered a "true" Londoner, or Cockney.
Cheapside, London EC2, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is yet another Wren Church which is famous so far as the definition of a Cockney goes although its bells now are not discernible for more than a few hundred metres due to the level of ambient noise. The church was largely destroyed in...More

Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Lots of people sitting at the crypt cafe but no one in the church, and yet this is the famous bow bells church, only a cockney if born within the sound of the bells. A plain church but although rebuilt after war damage has some...More

Thank paul h
Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

This wonderful, historic church lies a few hundred metres from its big brother, St Paul’s. Far from being overshadowed it offers a stunning interior and lots of history. There’s a cafe underneath which also offers street food on the piazza outside. Well worth a stop.

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 3 December 2017

A great contrast to St. Paul's--intimate in scale and very accessible. We attended a sung service, and the experience was immersive (solo cantor. organ, sermon). The space is beautifully maintained and handsomely proportioned.

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 1 November 2017

One of the most impressive of the many Wren churches in London this one was restored by him after the Great Fire of 1666. The small steeple atop the tower is exquisite and regarded by some as his best. There is much to see including...More

Thank Nomadman411978
Reviewed 29 September 2017

If you are in the area of St. Paul's Cathedral, or Monument, then it is not far to the famous St. Mary-le-Bow. Spend some time reading the history, looking at photographs and exploring the church. There is evidence that there was a church here in...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

According to folklore, a person born within the sound of the bells of this church is "A TRUE COCKNEY". These bells are known as 'BOW BELLS' and are mentioned towards the end of the children's nursery rhyme, 'ORANGES AND LEMONS'. Not alone that, but these...More

Thank Margaret Mary O
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This church has an impressive stained glass centre piece and roof paintings. Don't miss the crypt which has a lot to see too.

Thank KevinRayment
Reviewed 31 August 2017

It's not far from St Pauls cathedral, but in it's own way it is equally worth a visit. The building itself is an interesting mix of the old and new. It has been rebuilt several times, most recently after being bombed in the last war,...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 29 August 2017

A light building – plenty of windows, white walls, light coloured floor tiles. No benches. When I visited late afternoon both doors to the church were open. An impressive building from the outside, it is one of the prominent buildings on Cheapside, developers have not...More

Thank Colin E
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“The City” is one of London's most historic and
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