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Church On A Traffic Island

St Mary le Strand is a Church of England church at the eastern end of the Strand in the City of... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Worth a visit if you can get in

This church in the middle of a busy London street has a very pretty interior. Lovely blue stained... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
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London, United Kingdom
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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 church featuring charming external architecture. At the time of our most recent visit, it was not open to the public. Therefore, we just had to make do with viewing and photographing the church from the outside.
Worthy of a brief viewing if you happen to be in the area!

Thank BigHugh51
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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 being the church where Charles Dickens' parents were married. When we visited the vicar allowed us to look around and my daughter was allowed to ring the bells. Definitely worth visiting this church if you are in the area.

Thank HappyMama41969
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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 Mary in the Strand when a volunteer was dusting the pews. The interior is light because the walls are white and the windows don’t contain stained glass. Crazy location, now on a traffic island, one of the two Island Churches.

Thank Colin E
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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. The architecture is influenced by Italian church architecture with Baroque ornamentation and a storeyed steeple. The interior has ornate and detailed carvings on the white and gold plastered ceiling. A definite must visit if in the area.

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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 o view the interior of the church. Cannot resist crossing the street to view it up close.

Thank Della G
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