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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
+44 20 7488 4318
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Thank Christopher H
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.

Thank alaninbow
Reviewed 19 October 2016

If you are in this area of London, try to find time to visit this old church. It is situated on the corner of Hart Street and Seething Lane, not far from Fenchurch Street Station and the Tower of London. There are many interesting things...More

1  Thank YeovilWuppy
Reviewed 12 September 2016

St Olave's is a very special place whether you are a historian or a Christian. Its history extends back in time to when the Vikings were here and it survived the Blitz so there are so many facts woven into the tapestry of the City...More

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“The City” is one of London's most historic and
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towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with
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