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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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Unique historical Norman church

This is a rare building , dating from the 1100s with fine Norman round headed arches and a romantic story of a jester who ,made a vow and founded a world renowned hospital. As... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a rare building , dating from the 1100s with fine Norman round headed arches and a romantic story of a jester who ,made a vow and founded a world renowned hospital. As well as the fine architecture and history, there is a cloister with a very nice cafe

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We arrived at 1650 and we kindly asked if the church was open. The lady almost refused to answer, basically told us to go even though it was still open. Then the gentleman at the desk was nicer, telling us the correct times and informing us that the last visit time slot had just finished. Very unprofessional from the lady,... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Next to Smithfield Market but through some arches it is perhaps not obvious but well worth seeking out. Basically early medieval it has several later features and additions all of which add to the charm and sense of having been a living and developing church and community. We went to a wedding here in December and the bride and groom... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I went to have a look round the church and was shocked to find that you have to pay to go in. I'm afraid I don't get why you should have to pay for entry to a church so I didn't go in

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

It was amazing visiting one of the few medieval churches in London. Also they have a small cafe that has very good food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

We were staying in a Landmark Trust property in Cloth Fair - Sir John Betjeman's London house - near Smithfield, and strolled through the neighbouring churchyard to take a look at St Bartholomew. It is a wonderful old and historic Norman church, very atmospheric - especially quiet when we were there and I would recommend going when there isn't a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I visited here with my parents for a carol service. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of this exquisite church. A hidden gem, and worth a visit, ideally by candlelight!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My favourite church in London. It's ancient, intimate, and the liturgy is tremendously well-done. According to the website, it's London's oldest surviving church -- in continuous use since 1143. The style is Norman and it has a completely different feel that the more familiar gothic-style churches and cathedrals. In addition to visiting for a tour, plan to attend a Sunday... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Steeped in history and far from the madding crowd, the origins of the church go back to the court of William The Conqueror, the French invader - but we won't hold that against it, will we? The interior is brooding and a little dark. What artificial lighting there is sometimes shines into your eyes and obscures what you are trying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I’ve visited the outside of this wonderful building before but never had the opportunity to go inside. I had a couple of hours spare early one Sunday evening so decided to pop along for half an hour. What I didn’t realise was that there was a special service that evening at 6:30pm (Procession of the Icon of St Bartholomew, Choral... More 

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