St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church)

St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church)

St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church)
4.5
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9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 3 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
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  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,339 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Theatre in a Church!
    It is also known as theatre church or actors church because it has had a lengthy association with the theatre workers and actors of this area. The 14th Earl of Bedford commissioned Indio Jones in 1631 to build this church, its square, four streets and several mansions. It was completed in 1633 and consecrated and dedicated to St. Paul in 1638. This Church was severely damaged by the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is a historic church because famous people like the painter Turner and the composer Thomas Arne were baptised here. Renowned people like Samuel Butler and Ginling Gibbons the woodcarver are buried here. The first plague victim of London Margaret Petra’s was also interred in its churchyard in 1665. You can see some amazing dedication inside this church to some famous actors like Charlie Chaplin and Vivian Leigh. You can see some great performances by the in-house professional company called Iris Theatre. They produce classics and concerts which you can see between the morning service and the evensong throughout the year.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • PhoebeNJ
    Australia5,958 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Musicals by Candlelight
    Had a wonderful evening being entertained by this marvellous string quartet. They played quite a range of songs from musicals throughout the decades. From contemporary Hamilton to old faves like Chicago and Les Mis. Great setting just at Covent Garden.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Treorchy Male Choir
    Treorchy, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic place to sing!
    We at Treorchy Male Choir were honoured to perform here on the 16th of September, 2023. We were very kindly invited by the family of the late Ruth Madoc, as our choir has much history with her. it is a beautiful church with some fantastic history behind it. It was a privilege for us all to sing here.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written October 7, 2023
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Jannerbloke
Plymouth, UK13,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Dropped in early evening just because I noticed the impressive brick facade from the entrance to my hotel across the churchyard by the Bedford Street gate. Impressive but relaxed interior when lit. Several younger people wandering in and out. Notices on the board suggest a lot of community activity. Interesting to learn the context and application of the Actors Church link.

This is the other end of the church on the west side of the Covent Garden piazza where more often than not you will see jugglers, fire eaters, clowns, acrobats etc performing against the backdrop of the church which in that side has a grand stone portico and classical pillars.
Written February 17, 2022
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Bethany
Sheffield, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
I decided to have a little wander inside as I had walked past the Church earlier on in the day and was intrigued. Walking through I read the sign the entrance that was inclusive and friendly stating that everyone was welcome which was nice.
Once I stepped in I was wowed at the interior
I found it really interesting looking at all the memorials for famous people on the walls and all the sculptural elements inside. I found the altar stunning especially the circular painting above, I found the self guided tour part on the website really informative and helpful when looking around the Church. Really glad I chose to visit, such a beautiful place!
Written July 28, 2022
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
It is also known as theatre church or actors church because it has had a lengthy association with the theatre workers and actors of this area. The 14th Earl of Bedford commissioned Indio Jones in 1631 to build this church, its square, four streets and several mansions. It was completed in 1633 and consecrated and dedicated to St. Paul in 1638. This Church was severely damaged by the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is a historic church because famous people like the painter Turner and the composer Thomas Arne were baptised here. Renowned people like Samuel Butler and Ginling Gibbons the woodcarver are buried here. The first plague victim of London Margaret Petra’s was also interred in its churchyard in 1665. You can see some amazing dedication inside this church to some famous actors like Charlie Chaplin and Vivian Leigh. You can see some great performances by the in-house professional company called Iris Theatre. They produce classics and concerts which you can see between the morning service and the evensong throughout the year.
Written July 8, 2023
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PhoebeNJ
Australia5,958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Had a wonderful evening being entertained by this marvellous string quartet. They played quite a range of songs from musicals throughout the decades. From contemporary Hamilton to old faves like Chicago and Les Mis.

Great setting just at Covent Garden.
Written July 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Treorchy Male Choir
Treorchy, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Business
We at Treorchy Male Choir were honoured to perform here on the 16th of September, 2023. We were very kindly invited by the family of the late Ruth Madoc, as our choir has much history with her. it is a beautiful church with some fantastic history behind it. It was a privilege for us all to sing here.
Written October 7, 2023
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Journey789711
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The show was fantastic and the music was amazing.

Unfortunately the evening was spolied by very poor management of the event.
When I arrived I went to get my Prosecco (pre purchased) only to be told they had run out, I settled for a glass of wine instead.
At the end of the concert we were told the toilets were closed and that we would have to use a toilet in one of the Pubs in Covent Garden. The staff were very unhelpful.
You cannot have an event that serves drink and then not allow people access to toilets. It was not easy to find a pub with an open toilet and why should another establishment have to accommodate our toilet needs.

A lovely evening spoiled by very poor customer service.
Written January 28, 2024
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,631 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a Church of England (Episcopal) and is located near to the heart of Maiden Lane. Unfortunately, this was an architectural visit for us as it was not open. The grounds are attractive and the red brick very well cared for. The black iron gates do close the property off when it is closed.
Written January 30, 2023
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Helen H
Bristol, UK362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
A lovely spot of calm in a hectic and vibrant area. Do go in and see all the commemorative plaques to the Great and the good of the British acting world.
Written October 22, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Church in the middle of Covent garden that was frequented by many famous actors appearing at the theatres.
Written February 7, 2020
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Bruce L
Roberts Creek, Canada1,720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
I think some reviewers have mixed up this church with St. Paul's Cathedral. It is a lovely church, located across the street from Covent Garden, with stunning public gardens in the back (and public bathrooms at the front too...) offering loads of benches to relax on while enjoying the peace and solitude of this floral/treed setting. We were amazed to only see only one other fellow, reading a book, during our break here. My wife is quite the gardener (I just mow the lawns...) and she happily pointed out various breeds of roses and poppies in these well-kept gardens. When you're in the area (and want a quiet spot to enjoy a bagged lunch), stop in here.
Written September 14, 2014
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