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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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To learn that this is the oldest church in London enhanced the reverential time we spent here. We arrived shortly after opening time and had it to ourselves. It really is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To learn that this is the oldest church in London enhanced the reverential time we spent here. We arrived shortly after opening time and had it to ourselves. It really is a unique place. The low light created a special setting and probably reflected what bygone penitents would have seen. The stonework is magnificent, with lovely columns and arches. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This wonderful church is located in the city of London near to Smithfield Market. It looks wonderfully incongruous in that setting and does not disappoint when you go inside. The gorgeous Romanesque arcades and aisles are beautifully lit, giving the whole interior a real feeling of tranquility. It is so nice to be able to look up to the roof... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not listed as a must-do or even on more extended suggestions for what to do in London, I have visited 4 times before and never found this church. However, I am so glad that I have found it now. A short and easy walk from St. Paul's and other sites in the City. Small charge to get inside. Used for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They say The Great St Bart's is one of the London's best kept secrets. There is a truth in it. Not listed as 'must visit' and not at all easy to find. If you are interested in history and places of atmosphere and lived life, this is A Must Visit. Almost 900 years of history; miracles, despair, devotion, true belief... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Much larger inside than you first imagine and serenely quiet and peaceful inside. A location for movie-makers on occasion but in full use as a church. Wonderful architecture inside and out and located in a central and historic area with plenty else to see. Small charge to look round and cute coffee shop is located just inside for the less... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This old church worth finding. Impressive building, traditional services and music, and also second room for music upon occasion. Attended a wedding and first part of reception there. Old London. One of a kind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

A most interesting building and familiar because of its use in a number of films like Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Situated by St Bart's hospital and Smithfield it is undoubtedly a church worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

According to a couple of local gentlemen we met in a pub*, St. Barts the great is the oldest surviving church in London. It's been the site of a couple movies including Four weddings and a funeral. I love the interior of the church and have read that parts of the church have been used in the past for commercial... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Entrance to this church was 3 pounds for an adult and and extra 1 pound if you wanted to take photos. This church was of particular interest to me as I'd recently read about it's start as a priory, and a place where Henry vIII had started to dismantle the monasteries and priories. Clearly it's a very old church, beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We visited this church to see where my wife's great-grandparents were married in 1875. What a treasure! Reputedly the oldest existing church in London (it was founded in 1123) it oozes history over the centuries. A particular highlight for me was the juxtaposition of the font dating from 1405, in which William Hogarth was christened, alongside the modern, eye-catchingly beautiful,... More 

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