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St. Mary le Strand

Strand, London WC2R 1ES, England
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An elegant small church in an interesting location!

While visiting London, it is not unusual to find churches located in some interesting locations... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
Adelaide, Australia
Beautiful church full of history

The church is on a traffic island very near to Somerset House. It was first built in 1222 but was... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Karin G
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Strand, London WC2R 1ES, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

While visiting London, it is not unusual to find churches located in some interesting locations. St. Mary le Strand is one such church. It is located in the middle of a busy roadway in the Strand, opposite the Strand Building. It is an elegant small...More

Thank BigHugh51
Reviewed 29 October 2017

The church is on a traffic island very near to Somerset House. It was first built in 1222 but was pulled down to make way for building of Somerset House. A new church was built 1714 and consecrated in 1723. It is well known for...More

Thank Karin G
Reviewed 24 September 2017

It is worth visiting central London churches, not only to see the often splendid interiors but also to meet one or two of the group of volunteers who ensure that central London churches are kept open most of the time. I happened to visit St...More

Thank Colin E
Reviewed 7 June 2017

This is a church of England church at the eastern end of the Strand and it stands conspicuously on a traffic island. It is the official church of the Women's Royal Naval Service and has a book of remembrance for members who died in service....More

1  Thank nellielim
Reviewed 9 February 2017

The facade of this tiny church situated in the middle of the Strand thorough fare in London is always intriquing. It is a very unique barogue style church. It beckons you as you approach it along the Strand. It is a hit or miss trying...More

Thank Della G
Reviewed 12 October 2016

The second island church on the Strand (St. Clement Danes is the other, just to the Northeast), St. Mary-le-Strand has always captivated my daughter. We visited when she was five and seeing the little church in the center of the road is one of her...More

1  Thank Jack B
Reviewed 19 March 2016

The façade against the azure sky was magnificent. Stepping beyond this highly ornate exterior leads to a lovely interior. The richly decorative ceiling is glorious, with outstanding detail. Numerous stained glass windows enhanced the ambient light. In particular the trio of blue ones enveloping the...More

2  Thank permia
Reviewed 9 March 2016

Having discovered St Clement Dane's church by happenstance, I stumbled across this gem in the same way, and at first thought I had approached St Clement's from the rear. Nope, this is something of an "island twin" and is also built right in the middle...More

1  Thank William W
Reviewed 10 December 2015

We had walked from Trafalgar Square and were heading up the Strand amongst the weekday lunchtime crowds, in the direction of Fleet Street. As we approached Somerset House, we came upon St. Mary-le-Strand located in the middle of the roadway. It is a charming, small...More

1  Thank BigHugh51
Reviewed 4 June 2015

If you are in the Strand and overwhelmed by the crush of people and traffic go into this lovely quiet church. Take time to study the magnificent ceiling. The guide on duty, during our visit, was keen to share his knowledge of the church and...More

1  Thank Howie1949
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized
lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is
not just considered the heart of this bustling London
hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this
esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as
well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most
popular cultural attractions including the National
Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to
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