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St. Mary-le-Bow

Cheapside, London EC2, England
+44 20 7248 5139
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Love this Wren Church and enjoyed the restaurant in the crypt.

We stopped by this church on a walk through The City of London, which is a small, one square mile... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Historic church

This is a historic church rebuilt after the Great Fire by Sir Christopher Wren. It is situated in... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
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Cheapside, London EC2, England
City of London
+44 20 7248 5139
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by this church on a walk through The City of London, which is a small, one square mile area in central London. While there, we discovered a restaurant in the ancient crypt downstairs. Loved the restaurant, where we ordered a simple cold soup...More

Thank Irish_Harry
Reviewed 4 June 2017

This is a historic church rebuilt after the Great Fire by Sir Christopher Wren. It is situated in Cheapside. According to tradition, a true Cockney must be born within earshot of the sound of Bow Bells. This church with its finest Wren steeple has been...More

Thank nellielim
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Famous for the making of a Cockney, born in the sound of Bow Bells. Great piece of architecture amongst the modern Cheapside in the City

Thank PHE22
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Although built by Christopher Wren after the great fire of London, it was badly damaged in the blitz but carefully rebuilt. It is the most prominent of the cities' 39 churches and it is said that only those within the sound of this church's bells...More

Thank Adrian D
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We went to the restaurant in the crypt which appeared to be a well kept secret but once down there it was buzzing. Had a great soup plus octopus and potato

Thank MichaelMacartney
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Been to the excellent cellar cafe for breakfast before, but never into this amazing church itself. What a timeline! Destroyed in the Great Fire and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, victim of the Blitz, only the crypt is original. Also the origin of the legend...More

Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This church was rebuilt after the great fire of London in 1667 by Sir Christopher Wren and is 100 metres from St. Paul's cathedral and the tube station. If you are born within earshot of the church bells then you are a true cockney. Also...More

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Not far from the more famous St Paul's Cathedral a trip down Cheapside Street lay St. Mary-le-Bow. The exterior is clean and fresh and you would be forgiven if you just walked on past. When you enter the foyer you really do not know quite...More

Thank Steven C
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Everything I mention in my previous review is still apposite. I was able to pay another visit recently to this lovely spiritual retreat on Cheapside the morning after shocking happenings in Nice and there were already printed notices both inside and outside the church inviting...More

Thank WMIM
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Walking down Cheapside at night rhe church spire stands out against the new office builds. Such a historic church left between all the modern structures. Believe it is a Wren church and where the famouse great bell of Bow rings that creates all cockney's.

Thank PHE22
City of London
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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