St. Mary-le-Bow

St. Mary-le-Bow, London

St. Mary-le-Bow
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Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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This church, designed by Christopher Wren and also known as Bow Church, is truly significant: anyone who is born within the sound of its bells is considered a "true" Londoner, or Cockney.
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Mansion House • 3 min walk
  • St. Paul's • 4 min walk

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David H
Bury, UK1,455 contributions
Impressive
Dec 2019
This is a beautifully restored church right in the heart of the city. When we came out the famous Bow bells were ringing - it must have been quite impressive to hear in the days before the church was outflanked by all the new tall buildings. Inside it loverly and bright, ornate and peaceful.
Written December 10, 2019
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Mike S
Witham, UK1,710 contributions
Nice Church
Jul 2019
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 weekends, and it is the little historic buildings like this one that make it interesting. Probably not worth travelling just to visit this church, but there is also the Guildhall, Mansion House, Royal Exchange, Bank of England, and St Paul's Cathedral, all within a stone's throw.
Written August 17, 2019
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tinkle_24
Northampton, UK1,329 contributions
Baroque Church with interesting modern stained glass!
Aug 2019
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 wanted the chapel all to themselves. They ignored the fact that we travelled a long way to visit the Church/ crypt and told us to leave! How inhospitable and rude!

Hopefully the church will display a big sign to tell visitors not to bother visiting,
Written August 14, 2019
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PHE22
London, UK3,925 contributions
Wren
Jun 2019 • Solo
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.
Written June 6, 2019
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Newinnman
Pontypool, UK573 contributions
Great Church
May 2019 • Friends
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 at it, the plague, cholera WW2, the swinging sixties and architectures. But it still stands as a shining example of a great London church.

Free to visit
Written May 24, 2019
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Lewis K
Prestatyn, UK1,517 contributions
A place of calm in a very busy city
Mar 2019 • Couples
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 to pop inside and have a look, we were surprised to find a concert orchestra practicing for their concert the next night. I think they were the Academy of St Mary le Bow. We were impressed by them and especially the young composer.
Written March 28, 2019
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Carol B
Salisbury, UK36 contributions
Bow bells
Mar 2019 • Friends
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 1080 and although small there is a lot of history. A bonus is the bistro in the crypt with lovely quiche and salads etc. Well worth a visit and only about 5minuits from St. Paul’s cathedral.
Written March 21, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Christopher Wren Church
Mar 2019 • Solo
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 glass, which along with much of the church were destroyed (again) during World War Two. The stained glass have a much more modern, fantastic design. Worth a small detour if in the area.
Written March 9, 2019
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MickyC
Bromley, UK408 contributions
Lovely church
Feb 2019 • Friends
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 it’s not possible to view it now, without walking in to a restaurant full of people.
Written February 9, 2019
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Shirley E
Dronfield, UK282 contributions
Worth a visit
Jan 2019 • Solo
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.
Written January 29, 2019
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