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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..
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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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
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 claim to being Cockneys but not the rest of London.