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Address: Just North of St. Paul's Cathedral, London EC4M 7DX, England
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Lovely square

This is a good place to visit - it has great views of St Paul's Cathedral and is bustling with restaurants, shops and office workers. Great when the sun is shining!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Little gem to walk through on your way to St Pauls. Paternoster square was bombed in the last war. Not sure when it was rebuilt. It now holds various cafe's restaurants and the Paternoster square column which holds seats around it. I would advise you to grab a sandwich and drink from the Local Co-op by the St Pauls tube... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

In the middle of London finding a nice place to sit and see one of the grand sites of the city and have resources such as take out food and drinks, in flower filled park setting, is really wonderful. Nearby are several excellent restaurants, the St. Paul station on the tube, the bridge to the Tate Gallery, the River Thames... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Paternoster Square is located next to the Saint Paul's Cathedral and it offers good views towards the enormous dome. Otherwise, there is a small nice arch and some restaurants, but that's it.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This area just north of St Paul's Cathedral was destroyed by bombing during World War II and the 21st century development of this place replaced an earlier, hideous 1960s development which was rightly hated (including by Prince Charles). I remember those ugly buildings, and the desolate square of those days, well and always felt appalled that St. Paul's Cathedral could... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a good place to visit - it has great views of St Paul's Cathedral and is bustling with restaurants, shops and office workers. Great when the sun is shining!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Paternoster Square is just behind St Paul's Cathedral. This area was severely bombed in the Blitz and the Paternoster Column in the middle of the square with its flaming orb at the top, pays homage to both the Blitz and the Great Fire of 1666. One highlight is the arched entrance to the square. This is the restored Temple Bar... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a really pleasant and surprising square. It has the temple gate dating back to the 17th century, somewhere to sit, a coffee shop and a small supermarket. All discreetly tucked away. Great place for a stop halfway through the day and there are very clean toilets there as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Paternoster is a modern city square with a range of shops, restaurants, bars, cafes situated just north of St. Paul's Cathedral. While not really a feature square to see as a visitor to the city, it makes a good spot to stop for a quick rest, bite to eat or coffee after you have visited the cathedral. When you visit,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

This is a pretty little square behind St. Paul's Cathedral with a few shops and cafes. It's nothing terribly special, but it's a nice place to catch a little breather off the main street.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I was pleasantly greeted by the sight of many heads on poles when I entered the so called pentagon shaped square. The fountain was, in a word, unnecessary and splashed me and my fellow colleges on several occasions. The stench from the chimney bellowing out nauseous toxic smoke from the near by Pret-a-manger was intolerable and the sight of Cafe... More 

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