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St. Mary le Strand

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Address: London WC2R 1ES, England
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Gorgeous Baroque

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 March 2016
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 strongest London memories. When one of the docents told her that it was nicknamed "St.... More 

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Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 altar provided a cool impression to the space.

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Gurnee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 of Aldrich. The interior is one of the best styles of Baroque architecture in a... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 church adorned with an elegant bell tower. Consequently, we crossed the roadway to take a... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 local area.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015

St Mary-le-Strand is one of London's 'Queen Anne' churches and was built in 1717. At this time an act of parliament was passed which hoped to build 50 new churches in areas where the city was rapidly expanding. Today's church is a fine example of Italianate baroque and the plain interior has a beautiful white and gold barrel vaulted ceiling.... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2015 via mobile

We popped in as we were staying round the corner. We were given a warm welcome and given a good overview of the history of the church. Very friendly and a little haven of peace.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

St. Mary-le-Strand is one of two island churches, along with St. Clement Danes Church, found in the middle of the bustling Strand near the Somerset building. It is a small church and can be visited quite quickly if you are intending to also see the Somerset or other attractions in the area. Historically, the present St. Mary-le-Strand was built and... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

If the harried pace of the City is getting to you, stop in St. Mary-le-Strand. Once inside, the cacophony of urban life almost disappears and you may feel a sense of calm wash over you. That's because the architect, James Gibbs, designed the church without windows in the lower half to block out noise. Also, take a moment to marvel... More 

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West Hempstead, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

The church is on a traffic islanda is the official church of the Women's Royal Naval Service.

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