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“Lovely to see.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

Church of St. Bartholomew the Great
West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
44 020 7248 2294
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Ranked #48 of 853 Attractions in London
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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“Lovely to see.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely lovely. My view from the hospital looking down onto the grounds are special. From above you can see the changes that have had to be made over the years to the outside. I personally don't like to see a modern building juxtaposed to old, however you can still see how beautiful the church still is.

Visited September 2013
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“800 years of charitable service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This small but perfect Norman church is truly one of London's gems and well worth going slightly out of your way to see. In fact you may have a sense of déjà vu as it has been used as a location in several films. Nearest tube station is St Paul's on the Central Line. Head for Bart's (St Bartholomew's) Hospital and the church is down a narrow lane under a bridge off the square in front of the main entrance to the hospital. A highlight of the church is the imposing tomb of Rahere, a 12th-century courtier of King Henry I. He is claimed by some to have been the king's jester, and if so he must have been well paid for his services because when he came back from the Crusades having survived a dangerous illness, he took holy orders and used his fortune to found the nearby hospital, naming it after the saint to whom he attributed his recovery. To this day the hospital honours Rahere's charitable service to the sick with a ward named after him. As well as this church, there is the smaller church of Saint Bartholomew the Less actually in the hospital, also worth a visit.

Visited September 2012
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“great part of the secret london tour.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This cost only 4 pounds extra to go through, but the curator (originally from Chicago) made it exceptionally interesting, as he knew how interested we were. Many movies have been filmed here, including 4 weddings and a funeral, Amazing Grace, Shakespear in Love, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl.
I felt like I'd stepped back in history. Definitely worth the visit.

Visited June 2013
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“It's a hidden gem and deserves a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

If you visit Museum of London or St. Paul's Cathedral; you'll be in walking distance of this church. It's easy to miss but if you're already in the neighborhood, it's worth a stop and a visit. Most people don't visit this church so you usually end up having the entire place to yourself. It's a small but a remarkable medieval church. I must pay special thanks to the staff who were very informative and friendly and eager to give us the history of the church.

Visited June 2013
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“closed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

It's worth looking for, a bit concealed behind the hospital. Unfortunately it was closed due to concert or something in the evening, not announced beforehand so now I have to come back later, people recommended the inside is very nice

Visited June 2013
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