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Cheapside, London EC2, England
City of London
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many nice churches in and around the City of London, but this one is quite famous. It has the famous Bow Bells that make a true cockney if you are born within their sound. Cheapside can be a boring place, especially at the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Freddyminster
Reviewed 1 week ago

Feeling of space in Church as it is painted white. Elaborate gold fittings but not too ornate. Intricate designs on stained glass. Famous for its church bells and crypt. Sadly a small group of women were having a prayer meeting in the crypt and selfishly...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed June 6, 2019 via mobile

A beautifully restored Wren church famous for its bells that the sound of signify if you are a real cockney. Tower at present under restoration. Lovely wooden pulpits on either side.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank PHE22
Reviewed May 24, 2019 via mobile

The 6 Bow Bells. If you can hear the sound of those bells at the place where you were born, then you are classified as a true Londoner - a Cockney! This 1000 year old church has stood through everything that the world could throw...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Newinnman
Reviewed March 28, 2019

We were walking past the other evening and heard the bells tolling, we had no idea that this was the famous church of St Mary le Bow. We were cockneys for a few minutes. It was evening and the lights were on so we decided...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lewis K
Reviewed March 21, 2019

If you are born within the sound of bow bells you are said to be a true cockney and the church seems to be a place of calm surrounded by the frenetic every day business world outside. It is a small church dating back to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Carol B
Reviewed March 9, 2019

One of the many churches that were destroyed during the Great Fire of London. This is another of the restored churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Much of the architecture showcase Wrens signature designs and features. The main thing that's obviously not are the stained...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

This is worth a visit if you a near, for the lovely windows and decor in the place. Downstairs they have converted the old crypt in to a restaurant. We didn’t eat there, but I’m sure it would be a great experience. Just a shame...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank MickyC1984
Reviewed January 29, 2019

Near the Bank of England so easy to find. Very nice inside but the must see is the crypt. This has a cafe in it but they allow you to walk through just to take a look.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank shirleyeSheffieldUK
Reviewed January 21, 2019

Nice to visit and see the windows, plus sit for a while. The crypt is now a café. This is the original Bow bells church too. Plenty of information on hand to purchase for a very small fee.

Date of experience: January 2019
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October 9, 2018|
Response from X8085XIalanf | Reviewed this property |
Technically, no. I was born 8 miles from the church but like many from the East End regard myself as a Cockney. I doubt that you could hear the bells from the hospital in Praed St in West London either. East Enders lay... More