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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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Lit by candles

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is the oldest chuch still, (at least partially) in London. It is hidden among the tall buildings of what is now the financial district, so not so easy to find, but well worth a good search as almost nothing else is left of ancient London.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This has to be one of the best kept secrets in London. I used to work and live next to St. Bart's Hospital, London. I loved this church and I am not religious at all. It's fascinating history and the hospital, markets and St.Paul's Cathedral right next to it. I truly would like to keep it a secret but was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We visited the church of St Bartholomew the Great to see Scena Mundi perform Marlowe's Edward 11, which was excellent, and especially dramatic in this historic ancient church. At the moment, there is a striking sculpture 'Exquisite Pain' by Damien Hirst of St Bartholomew, depicting his flayed skin and instrument of torture. Haunting despite being very gold. We were intrigued,... More 

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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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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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Address: 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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