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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

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Address: West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
Phone Number: 44 020 7248 2294
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I can't believe this gem is undervalued and overlooked. It is an amazing piece of history; London's oldest surviving church, 1123. I was the only one in the church, which let me... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I can't believe this gem is undervalued and overlooked. It is an amazing piece of history; London's oldest surviving church, 1123. I was the only one in the church, which let me experience everything at my leisure. The other churches may be more grand, but not as unique. This church from the smell of incense and stones to the beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My wife and I have been to London several times and, on this trip, went looking for some obscure sights. While semi-lost looking for another place, we came across St. Bartholomew the Great. Being fans of old (and sometimes spiritual churches), we went in. This is one of the oldest churches in London with parts going back to the Norman... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Located off "Cloth Fair", this church is wonderful - it had interesting monuments and lovely features. The exterior was used in the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral" - because of St Barts Hospital being attached they were very tricky with the angles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Firstly I must declare that my son was married in this wonderful church by one of the delightfully friendly Fathers - which was a total privilege. I admit that the date I have ticked below is not accurate. Tucked away off West Smithfield, running along beside Cloth Fair lies the magnificent church of St Bartholomew the Great. You could walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A wonderful old church, full of history, you may recognize its interior from movies you have seen, it is popular with movie makers. It is worth buying the guide book to learn all about its fascinating history. Nearby is the site where martyr's were burned at the stake & William Wallace was executed. It is a very historic area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We were walking past when a verger at the door encouraged us to visit. Pay small fee at the door, also even smaller photo fee. The organ was being played and incense filled the air, candles can be bought. You do need to read or get a tour as the history is vast, don't miss the ancient font.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Saw a carol service before Christmas there a number of years ago on the off chance. The whole place was lit with candles and was stunning in its simplicity. I will never forget it. Check it out next time you are there around Christmas time. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Beautiful church. Serene, peaceful. The smell is pure imagery.... They hold concerts here, especially magical to go to around Christmas time,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

One of the most historic churches in the city. An ideal retreat from busy city life. Architecturally stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This private visit with the Friends of the Royal Academy ended with a nice drink and cake in the café. The church itself is not easy to find but once you are there the interior, much of which is Norman, is beautiful. Although it escaped damage in the disasters of 1666 and the early 1940s, it did suffer from neglect... More 

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Address: West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
Phone Number: 44 020 7248 2294
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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