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St. Mary-le-Bow

Cheapside, London EC2, England
+44 20 7248 5139
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For Wren enthusiasts

A great contrast to St. Paul's--intimate in scale and very accessible. We attended a sung service... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2017
Paul G
New York City, New York
Great Wren church

One of the most impressive of the many Wren churches in London this one was restored by him after... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2017
London, United Kingdom
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This church, designed by Christopher Wren and also known as Bow Church, is truly significant: anyone who is born within the sound of its bells is considered a "true" Londoner, or Cockney.
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Cheapside, London EC2, England
City of London
+44 20 7248 5139
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

A great contrast to St. Paul's--intimate in scale and very accessible. We attended a sung service, and the experience was immersive (solo cantor. organ, sermon). The space is beautifully maintained and handsomely proportioned.

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 2 November 2017

One of the most impressive of the many Wren churches in London this one was restored by him after the Great Fire of 1666. The small steeple atop the tower is exquisite and regarded by some as his best. There is much to see including...More

Thank Nomadman411978
Reviewed 29 September 2017

If you are in the area of St. Paul's Cathedral, or Monument, then it is not far to the famous St. Mary-le-Bow. Spend some time reading the history, looking at photographs and exploring the church. There is evidence that there was a church here in...More

1  Thank Reconnoiterer
Reviewed 25 September 2017

According to folklore, a person born within the sound of the bells of this church is "A TRUE COCKNEY". These bells are known as 'BOW BELLS' and are mentioned towards the end of the children's nursery rhyme, 'ORANGES AND LEMONS'. Not alone that, but these...More

Thank Margaret Mary O
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This church has an impressive stained glass centre piece and roof paintings. Don't miss the crypt which has a lot to see too.

Thank KevinRayment
Reviewed 1 September 2017

It's not far from St Pauls cathedral, but in it's own way it is equally worth a visit. The building itself is an interesting mix of the old and new. It has been rebuilt several times, most recently after being bombed in the last war,...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 30 August 2017

A light building – plenty of windows, white walls, light coloured floor tiles. No benches. When I visited late afternoon both doors to the church were open. An impressive building from the outside, it is one of the prominent buildings on Cheapside, developers have not...More

Thank Colin E
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This church has majestic architecture. There is a restaurant in the crypt. We Enjoyed coffee and cakes. Breakfast and lunch is also available. Morning & Evening Prayers are offered daily. Lots of events take place here through out the year, including wedding ceremonies. A very...More

Thank ranjanapathak
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

A very historic church in the centre of the City of London. Standing proud amongst the modern city modern buildings.

Thank PHE22
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped by this church on a walk through The City of London, which is a small, one square mile area in central London. While there, we discovered a restaurant in the ancient crypt downstairs. Loved the restaurant, where we ordered a simple cold soup...More

Thank Irish_Harry
City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to
its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile
in the world, the financial district known simply as
“The City” is one of London's most historic and
fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office
towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with
Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually
every era in between, including Christopher Wren's
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