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All Hallows By The Tower

Byward Street, London EC3R 5BJ, England
+44 20 7481 2928
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Oldest church, real gem

Most tourists and visitors to London go to the Tower Bridge and the nearby London Tower. If at all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Louise V
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London, United Kingdom
Overlooked gem

Standing a stones throw from the Tower of London, this small church is completely ignored by the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
paulann2014
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West Byfleet, United Kingdom
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All Hallows By The Tower church (sometimes known historically as 'All Hallows Barking') was founded in 675 AD and, throughout London's history, has played a key part in almost every important event. A Roman pavement, Saxon stonework, Mediaeval paintings and statues, and the glorious Grinling Gibbons font cover are all on show. This is the church where the Knights Templar had their London trials, Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire of London from the tower, where William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania) was baptised and where President John Quincy Adams married a local girl. It is the founding place of Toc H and 'Tubby' Clayton was Vicar here for 40 years. The church has a characterful Crypt Museum and an excellent cafe - Byward Kitchen & Bar.
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Byward Street, London EC3R 5BJ, England
City of London
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Most tourists and visitors to London go to the Tower Bridge and the nearby London Tower. If at all possible, they should do the short walk to All Hallows Church, it is the oldest church in London. I was here for a carol service and...More

Thank Louise V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Standing a stones throw from the Tower of London, this small church is completely ignored by the thousands of tourists near by. Yet it’s history is linked with the tower as this is where some of the executed prisoners were brought, minus their head, for...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking at the Tower Bridge or the Tower of London you will walk right past this church, but don't. One original wall remains but it's the oldest church in London. And the crypt museum is incredible! Roman street, Saxon cross, baptismal and...More

Thank Stephanie S
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

When we visited we couldn't see all of the interior as a school party were in, but it sounded like they were having fun and it was nice that the church was being put to good use. The crypt was full of history-Roman flooring, Saxon...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across All Hallows By the Tower and decided to go in. This church was lovely and there were a few people in there exploring the many aspects of this quaint church. Highly recommend stepping away from the busy street and walking through this...More

Thank Annie F
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

Refreshing to go to a major church in lonfon and not be charged for entry. A very historic building and it's worth going down into the crypt to see the relics stored there. Two minutes walk from the tower.

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

A touristy thing. If you like churches, architecture, or just to visit landmarks, this is a neat place to say I have been to. This is the oldest church in the city founded in 675AD.

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

This church, close by the Tower of London, can easily be overlooked. Reduced to a shell by wartime bombing, it has been successfully restored and houses a crypt museum which records the baptism of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, and the marriage of John Quincy...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

one of the staff on the river boats told us about this church and museum. The church is beautifully preserved and the museum is in the crypt below. It is small but has some really interesting moments from history with the preserved roman road in...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

If you are a "church connoisseur" the main interest here is the variety of period represented rather then any specifically interesting or different features, however the real this to see here is the crypt museum which has an amazing display of uniques and fascinating items....More

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Enid321939
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Response from happy_chappie024 | Reviewed this property |
not a rank as such, but there's always taxis going by. It's a busy area
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