St. Stephen Walbrook
St. Stephen Walbrook
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
St Stephen Walbrook: A place of celebration St Stephen Walbrook Church, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, has been described as one of the ten most important buildings in England. The main space is crowned by the first dome to be built in the UK (it predates St Paul’s Cathedral). The interior, which was substantially reordered in the 1980s is focussed around a central stone altar, carved by Henry Moore in travertine marble which stands on a beautiful white marble floor surrounded by Circular pews which are removable. Below the church is a small crypt with brick arches which was the birthplace of The Samaritans, the world’s first telephone helpline. The ministry of the church continues to focus on wellbeing and mental health today. Located by Bank Station St Stephen Walbrook is a hidden gem within the city of London.
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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
  • Bank • 2 min walk
  • Bank • 2 min walk
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Stephen D
Chester, UK177 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
People of sensitivity still mourn the decision of the Court of Ecclesiastical Causes Reserved to permit the violation of this domed masterpiece in order to embrace the spirit of the times which as we know is always out of date
Written September 6, 2016
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NotFromHere
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
There are several Wren churches in London, most within easy walking distance of the others. They are all beautiful, but this one is special somehow. It’s plain, but not austere, and small but not cramped. The sanctuary shape is unusual, and the windows give it a weightless feel. Quiet, serene, and timeless...even though it sits amidst the noise and crowds of the City. Trust the guidebooks on this one—definitely worth a visit!
Written June 23, 2019
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david-dohnson
London, England, United Kingdom17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
From outside it seems like nothing much but the interior is a revelation: harmonious, symmetrical and filled with light so that you don't at once register how complex the thinking behind it is. This is my favourite space in London and I take everyone I can to see it. Why isn't it better known? Why doesn't the tourist board trumpet it? Granted it is a bit tucked away but one good result is that you have a chance to see it on your own.
Written March 3, 2014
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PJB1010
Hertfordshire, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Incredible find - from outside looks like Starbucks with a mosque and spare italianate tower attached - inside is the most amazing space. Supposedly Wren's prototype for St Paul's, with magnificent proportions and cupola. Bringing it more up to date are the original Samaritans' telephone (Rev Chad Varah founded the organisation here) and a central marble altar by Henry Moore. We visited on a Monday lunchtime, and the choral recital was jaw-droppingly good.
Written January 9, 2019
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neilalexander
London, UK127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
we visited this church by off chance as we were visiting the bloomberg building. The central dome and the alter piece are beautiful and our visit was made much more pleasurable by the informative and friendly guide at the door
Written January 6, 2019
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Wojciech L
Warsaw, Poland157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Though not as well known as other Christopher Wren's masterpiece - St Paul's, it is a place definitely worth visiting. Beautiful in its simplicity, it made a great impression on me.
Written June 8, 2018
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Beverlee S
Toronto, Canada58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
We stepped in to avoid the rain, and were so glad we did. This church, a few steps from St. Paul's, is an absolute gem. Within its modest proportions, Christopher Wren managed to distill everything beautiful and perfect and create an oasis of calm in the bustling city. It is everything elegant and peaceful, and I am so glad we decided to see what was behind that door.
Written May 1, 2018
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KLE2013
Centreville, VA3,526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
Christopher Wren's masterpiece and the Lord Mayor's parish church, this domed, airy columned building was built from 1672-79. Wren's original altar and screen and his pulpit with a delicate carved canopy are still here. A polishEd stone altar by Henry Moore was added in 1987 and a painting by Benjamin West of the Martydom of St. Stephen are worth noting. Free Friday lunchtime organ recitals are a marvelous way to experience the amazing acoustics of the space.
Written November 30, 2016
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Nicola
Bristol, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Wandered into St Stephen Walbrook on Wednesday afternoon and was blown away! Such an amazing building - we loved the history, the layout and especially the Henry Moore altar. We were lucky enough to hear a choir rehearsing - all women - and they sounded like angels!
Written November 5, 2019
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Beina1
Villamblard, France270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
This little church is one of the many churches in London that was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and replaced those that burnt in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Sir Christopher Wren obviously did not have the time to work on all of them personally and a lot of the work was delegated. This church is unique in that the dome in it was used as a test before the dome for St Pauls Cathedral was created. It is truly a breathtaking church and so different inside from the outside. Well worth a visit.
Written June 29, 2019
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