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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England (City of London)
44 020 7248 2294
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Ranked #73 of 1,085 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I am not religious, but I regularly visit churches to have some quiet contemplation. St. Barts is special to me, as in the sixties, my late wife and I watched our young children perform a nativity play in this church with their school. It has an atmosphere, that is so wonderful, that you never get in churches visited by tourists.... More

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London
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242 reviews 242 reviews
190 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great St Bart's, as it is commonly known, is one of London's oldest churches and also one of its most interesting and most beautiful. It is somewhat tucked away from the main tourist trails in a fascinating corner of the City of London, wedged in between the Barbican Centre, Smithfield Market, and the Old Bailey. Architecturally and artistically the church... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A truely halcyon and beautiful place to enjoy superb coffee and lovely service from staff. Was looking forward to going and Cloisters did not disappoint. The cakes are very morish too! We will visit again soon. Karl and Marlene x

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Stunning church and lovely cafe: reasonably priced w/generous portions and completely empty, despite being lunchtime midweek in the City. Pretty garden to sit in outside

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

An absolutely amazing part of not only London, but british history. Learnt so much about the city I lived in all my life. A truly beautiful and spiritual place. I wouldn't be able to justify why you should visit it enough. Words just can't explain.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very unwelcoming clergy. It's a lovely site, but I never felt like they wanted to open and let me in. They were short and it just seemed like an inconvenience to them that I was there.

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Hidden off a side court of Smithfields so easy to overlook. Redolent of Middle Ages as church retains great degree of original architectural features. Has connection to Ben Franklin as printer he worked for c.1725 operated in the Lady Chapel. Also, has charming coffee shop in a vaulted space looking onto a garden, so a wonderful place to spend an... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

One of Lindin's hiden places. This fantastic place and its suroundings should not be missed. The fact it has survided the great fire and both world wars make it even more special.

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Hinton, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I didn't expect to be as moved by this place as I was. It's first and foremost a working church, but it is well curated and the attendants were delightful. A more important architectural piece than the better known neighbours (notably St Pauls and Westminster Abbey) it is every bit as imposing as Oxford's ChristChurch and other 12th century masterpieces.... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I agree with previous reviews of 'Murder in the Cathedral - on until 14th June. Well worth seeing. Brilliantly acted in an amazingly resonant setting. I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.

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