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St. Mary-le-Bow

Cheapside, London EC2, England
+44 20 7248 5139
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Bow bells

Lots of people sitting at the crypt cafe but no one in the church, and yet this is the famous bow... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
paul h
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West Byfleet, United Kingdom
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1000 years of history

This wonderful, historic church lies a few hundred metres from its big brother, St Paul’s. Far... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2018
Alan F
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good49%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Cheapside, London EC2, England
City of London
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

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.

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

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.

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

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

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

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

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

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, but these...More

Thank Margaret Mary O
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

This church has an impressive stained glass centre piece and roof paintings. Don't miss the crypt which has a lot to see too.

Thank KevinRayment
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

It's not far from St Pauls cathedral, but in it's own way it is equally worth a visit. The building itself is an interesting mix of the old and new. It has been rebuilt several times, most recently after being bombed in the last war,...More

Thank Jeff1903
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

A light building – plenty of windows, white walls, light coloured floor tiles. No benches. When I visited late afternoon both doors to the church were open. An impressive building from the outside, it is one of the prominent buildings on Cheapside, developers have not...More

Thank Colin E
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

This church has majestic architecture. There is a restaurant in the crypt. We Enjoyed coffee and cakes. Breakfast and lunch is also available. Morning & Evening Prayers are offered daily. Lots of events take place here through out the year, including wedding ceremonies. A very...More

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