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St Olave's Church

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St Olave's is an historic church in the City of London and final resting place of English diarist, and observer of the Great Fire of London, Samuel Pepys.
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8 Hart Street, London EC3R 7NB, England
City of London
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

On Thursday 18th October we went to find St. Olave's Church in London. This church was the church my family used when living in Bermondsey. It was situated in a quite corner of the Tower of London Area. Surrounded by sky scrapers and offices and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nita08
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Cute and a little creepy at the same time. This tiny church with an even tinier churchyard is tucked into a little corner of London City. Enter the church from Hart Street (near The Ship Pub) for a quick look inside. Then, go around the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ParkerSturbridge
Reviewed 30 August 2018

This is the only church locally dedicated to the patron saint of Norway. It is not like many other City churches as it is less showy and has a rural feel. The stained glass is particularly worth seeing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Sadly, the church was closed when I visited but the exterior is well worth coming to see and I shall be back to see the interior as soon as I can. It's history stretches all the way back to its foundation in the 11th century....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 6 August 2018

St Olaves in Hart Street has a fascinating name- before you go find out who O was. Then on arrival at the gate to the church yard look up at the spiked skulls - find out about them, Dickens and the thunderstorm. Next as you...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank hewiewright
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Located in the insurance area of the City of London, the following organisations have connections to the church: The Clothmakers Company, The Trinity House, The Wine & Spirits Trade and The Environmental Cleaners Company. As a result the church is well looked after. When I...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Colin E
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This was recommended as one of those things you see "off the beaten path" it would have been good to go inside but it was not open when we visited. The entrance to the church with the skulls over the top is neat to see...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank JHarris_9
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Literally tucked away and easy to miss, but what a jewel! This little church bridges an enormous span of history and the Rector tells many a fascinating tale of wars, famous parishioners, fires and the sheer luck that it was not totally destroyed in WW2....More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Just another remarkable church. But a great deal of history to enjoy and learn about. Not really a must see, but if you get to see it, great place off the beaten path.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank christopherhalk
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Well worth a visit. Samuel Pepys worshiped here, and had his Navy office across the road. There are many old pieces inside which survived the bombs of WW2.

Date of experience: October 2016
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From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to
its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile
in the world, the financial district known simply as
“The City” is one of London's most historic and
fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office
towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with
Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually
every era in between, including Christopher Wren's
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