St Bride's Church
St Bride's Church
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
St Bride’s Church is an extraordinary place and one of the most fascinating historic sites in London. As you step within its wall, you enter into a 2000 year old story; discover more in our free exhibition. The current church is one of Christopher Wren's masterpieces – its steeple inspired the tiered wedding cake – and not to be missed. A place of Christian worship for 1500 years, we continue to proclaim God’s love in the heart of the city. St Bride's is a thriving parish church, renowned for our outstanding music and unique ministry to all who work in the media.
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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
  • Blackfriars • 4 min walk
  • St. Paul's • 8 min walk
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,727 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This building is amazing! Unless you read the history, you would not notice that St Bride's was bombed in the Blitz. On the night of 29th December 1940, fire bombs pierced the roof and the old timbers burned to cinders. The shell of the building remained but, fortunately, the building was restored in the 1950s - possibly better than before - and shows no signs of damage above ground inside. Even better, the restoration work uncovered more of the crypt, where there is now a very informative display of its history, going back to Roman times.

It is apparently the eighth (!) church building on the site - and, I suspect, the best.

Check it out!
Written January 28, 2023
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Thanks for the review! We are open every day and free to visit for anyone wanting to drop in for a moment of quiet, attend a service, listen to a recital, or find out more about our 2000 year history.
Written February 15, 2023
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GoingGuide
Nottingham, UK1,981 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Fascinating place of worship in the centre of London. Quite modern compared to a lot of churches, due to its historical background of being rebuilt many times over the past millennium for various reasons. Next to the church is a museum which displays in its crypt relics from different periods including Saxon and Roman. A hidden gem worth a visit.
Written August 12, 2022
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Mason E
Croydon, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I often pass this place on the way to work, a real hidden gem, away from the bustle of Fleet Street. Remember to visit the beautiful museum under the church - a real teasure trove of history including Roman artefacts. 8 thumbs up from us
Written October 30, 2022
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That's a lot of thumbs! Thank you for posting your review and glad you enjoy your visits.
Written February 15, 2023
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
The spire on the outside is beautiful, the crypt is amazing, all thanks to a bomb in WWII uncovering it, place as a fascinating history, love the iron coffin idea
Written August 28, 2022
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Thank you for your review. The iron coffin is a very popular exhibit in the free museum downstairs in the Crypt. Glad to hear you found it!
Written February 15, 2023
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Steve H
Topeka, KS14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
All right, I'll admit it. I attended Sunday worship here in October 2017, but I desired principally to hear the music.
I wasn't disappointed, as the professional choir was superlative. It was a beautiful Eucharist service.

Having given that well-deserved praise, I shall make a small complaint. Yes, I suppose that we Americans are too "chummy" in church for our British cousins. However, I would have appreciated a kind smile, a simple "Good morning", or even a few polite sentences from greeting from someone in the congregation. Not a soul spoke to me. At my home church in the American Midwest, I would have engulfed with friendly souls.

Nevertheless, I'd visit St. Bride's again, if only to hear the music and gaze at the architecture.
Written June 26, 2018
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flyawayfairy
Fremantle, Australia214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As it would be, as we know it, designed by Christopher Wren but in all, 6 churches have been on the site, dating from 2000 years ago.

Noted for the wondrous wedding cake spire, St Brides, the journalists church has a magnificent choir, and regular musicals during the week.

It is very moving to visit the side altar and light a candle for those who have been killed pursuing and publicizing the truth, and those who are imprisoned.

Then there are the secret vaults beneath.

Well worth a visit, for prayer, for song, or just a reverent stickybeak.
Written March 11, 2015
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,730 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
St. Bride's Church is Grade I listed building just off Fleet Street. It is one of Sir Christopher Wren's churches (1672) that has a particularly interesting history, it is also one of the more attractive small church visits that you can make in London.

The St. Bride's Church occupies the sight of more ancient church grounds, which date back to at least the sixth century. After the church was gutted during bombing raids in 1940, 6th century Saxon foundations as well as Roman era ruins were discovered during excavations at the church. These, amongst other interesting items and plaques dedicated to Journalists and Printers can be seen within the church crypt.

Another bit of interesting history is the connection the church has to modern day wedding cakes. If you look at the church steeple, you can note its similarity to traditional stacked wedding cakes and this is for good reason. It is believed that back in 1703, a pastry chef used the steeple as the inspiration for a large wedding cake for his bride-to-be. From this act sprung the wedding cake design, which we are today familiar with the world over. Not sure if the tale is true or not but looking at the steeple, you certainly can believe it so. For good views of the St. Bride's Church steeple, stop at Fleet Street and have a look before proceeding to the church. The views are quite good from here.

You can conveniently visit St. Bride's Church along with nearby St. Paul's Cathedral, Temple Church or other area attractions. It is worth your time and is free to visit.

Tip: Additional history and historical facts and can be picked up by taking the guided tours offered on Tuesday, 3-4.30pm (£6.50) by church members.
Written June 15, 2014
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lass74
Cronulla, Australia32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
I stumbled across this Church accidently,and was so glad I did,the history was enthusiastically explained by the Verger,and to go to the Crypt and see the 1000's of bones from medieval times stacked in such a tiny space was eye-opening,and the boxes of bones from the 18th century that are currently being catalogued is amazing.As others have said the fact that there was a Roman site here originally and the Spire is supposed to have inspired the "wedding cake" just makes it more interesting.
Written April 17, 2013
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Amy K
London, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Get a tour on Tuesdays to be shown the Charnel house, we were even shown the research room full of stored bones as well as the charnel house itself by our informative guide.
Written December 1, 2019
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Thanks for the rating Amy. Glad you enjoyed the tour and we hope to see you again some day. There are lots of carols going on this month if that is of interest!
Written December 2, 2019
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Andrewfamily2
Victoria15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Our hop on hop off bus tour guide recommended we visit. We did and are so very glad we did. Quiet, serene, peaceful.. tucked right in the heart of the city of London. The museum and catacombs in the basement are free to visit and there is even a chunk of old Roman road on display. No fee to enter. Loved this space. Loved the history.
Written June 18, 2019
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Glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for the review.
Written June 19, 2019
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