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Impressive church, lovely concert

I came here for a wonderful concert (top quality singers) and it was very enjoyable. This church... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
Magnificent Alter Piece

The silver and black hollow statue of Christ as the alter piece is magnificent and the carving... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
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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.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here for a wonderful concert (top quality singers) and it was very enjoyable. This church is not far from St Pauls cathedral, but worth a visit. The building is an interesting mixture of the old and new and has a café downstairs too..

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

The silver and black hollow statue of Christ as the alter piece is magnificent and the carving hanging from the roof quite unusual but otherwise it was the illustrations of the churches history that was most interesting. As to being a Cockney I understood you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

We didn't experience the peeling of the bells. Nevertheless it was a delightful visit to this Wren designed church, one of the first rebuilt after the 1666 fire. With a lovely facade and the imposing embellished tower and steeple, it made for a great first...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank permia
Reviewed 6 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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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.

Date of experience: November 2017
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: September 2017
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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

Date of experience: February 2017
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9 October 2018|
Response from X8085XIalanf | Reviewed this property |
Technically, no. I was born 8 miles from the church but like many from the East End regard myself as a Cockney. I doubt that you could hear the bells from the hospital in Praed St in West London either. East Enders lay... More