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London Churches

The following churches may be of particular interest to the visiter to London.

All Hallows-by-the-Tower Byward Street, EC3
Samuel Pepys climbed the tower of All Hallows to look upon the destruction of the Great Fire. The church, which dates from the 12th-15th centuries, was badly damaged in the Blitz, though the font cover carved by Grinling Gibbons was untouched. In the crypt there is evidence of Roman paving, and stones from the 7th century Saxon church that stood here.

Brompton Oratory Brompton Road, SW7
An ornate (that's putting it mildly!) Italian Catholic church built in 1884. Magnificent organ containing nearly 4000 pipes. The third widest nave in Britain after Westminster Abbey and York Minster.

St. Andrew Holborn Circus, EC1
The largest parish church designed by Christopher Wren. Thomas Coram, founder of the Foundlings Hospital, is buried here.

St. Bartholomew-the-Great West Smithfield, EC1
One of the few remaining Norman churches in London. Began in the 12th century as the chancel of a monastery on this spot. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the building saw use as a stable and factory, before reverting to a church in the 19th century. The entry is a 13th century arch with a half-timbered gatehouse above.

St. Bartholomew-the-less West Smithfield, EC1
A 15th century tower and vestry are melded into an 18th century design in this chapel of St. Bartholomew's Hospital.

St. Bride's Fleet Street, EC4
Recently restored to Christopher Wren's design, this is the "church of the press", so named for its use by newspaper reporters from Fleet Street. This is the eighth church in this location, and remains of the other seven, plus Roman pavement, can be seen in the crypt museum.

St. Clement Danes Strand, WC2
The official church of the Royal Air Force contains over 800 badges of RAF squadrons and units. The first church here was built in the 9th century. The bells are famous in the nursery rhyme "Oranges and Lemons".

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square, WC2
Classical church famous for the classical orchestra of the same name. Lunchtime concerts Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

St. Mary-le-Bow Cheapside, EC2
A true Cockney must be born within the sound of the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow. The present church is a Wren design.

Westminster Cathedral Victoria, SW1
The most imposing and most important Catholic church in England, a marvel in multi-coloured brick.

Destination guides by kind permission of Britain Express

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