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. Mary-in-the-Way" she took it to heart as this little church is literally wedged into the street with traffic buzzing by both sides. Just making it out to the island is a life changing event.
The church has a beautiful and ornate Baroque exterior, and a brilliant white interior with an wonderfully ornate ceiling.
It is definitely worth stopping to see if you are in the neighborhood.
Entrance is free - but hours are quite limited.
There are no public toilets.
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