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“St. Mary-in-the-way”
Review of St. Mary le Strand

St. Mary le Strand
Ranked #704 of 1,886 things to do in London
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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. 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.

2  Thank Jack B
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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.

2  Thank permia
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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 London church, and the sexton was an excellent tour guide. Again, another gem in plain sight. Not much more than 100 years from St Clement's it is also well worth a visit.

1  Thank William W
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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 close-up look at the church. We found a plaque which provided the information that this is the official church of the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
Fortunately, we were able to step inside for a few minutes to take a look at the compact interior which is plainly decorated but has an impressive ceiling. It was nice to be able to find a bit of peace and quiet for a few minutes, in the middle of the frantic Strand.
All too soon, it was time to leave this quaint but impressive small church and return to the madding crowds of the Strand.

1  Thank BigHugh51
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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.

1  Thank Howie1949
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