Paternoster Square

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Paternoster Square
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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
  • St. Paul's • 1 min walk
  • Mansion House • 6 min walk
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK17,073 contributions
A clean and pleasant redeveloped square / plaza that was completed in the Autumn of 2003. It is lined with buildings by Whitfield's firm and others and among the first new tenants was the London Stock Exchange. Standing off centre of the square is the 23m (75ft) tall 'Paternoster Square Column'. It is a Corinthian column made of Portland stone topped by a gold leaf covered flaming copper urn, which is illuminated by fibre-optic lighting at night. Also worth a look at the north end of the square is the bronze Paternoster sculpture, (also known as Shepherd and Sheep), by artist Dame Elisabeth Frink. The square sits in the shadow of the iconic St. Pauls Cathedral and is a nice place to visit and maybe take a short rest, seated around the column, when exploring the area.
Written February 21, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,833 contributions
A very pleasant public square surrounded by offices, shops and cafes. So interesting things to see in the square are The Flaming Orb Monument, the Temple Bar and of course St. Paul’s Cathedral is very close by.

Even though I've been to this square many time, it's the first visit since you know what and it's much nicer when it's quiet like this :-)
Written October 28, 2021
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Stuart B
Deal, UK1,656 contributions
Paternoster Square is a lovely place to spend some time. Very well kept and clean. The square has a few interesting statues, many eateries and there are a few shops in the nearby streets/lanes. A great place to chilli out and grab some food.
Written November 6, 2019
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,998 contributions
Family
Just near St Pauls Cathedral is Paternoster Square, its set away from the normally busy streets and has a column in the open part of the square and a statue of the Fearless girl the other one is in New York City, some nice shops and worth a visit.
Written April 9, 2019
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Abbotsbury92
Chevy Chase, MD912 contributions
Solo
Paternoster Square is a rather unremarkable piazza adjacent to St. Paul's Cathedral. It's worth making a detour, however, simply to see Temple Bar, which has been reassembled as the southwest entrance to the square.

Temple Bar was the main ceremonial entrance to the City of London, located where The Strand becomes Fleet Street outside the Middle Temple. (A pedestal with a dragon atop it sits on the site of Temple Bar on that spot today.) It marked the ceremonial route from the Tower of London to Westminster. It, like the other gates of the City, was also designed to regulate trade coming into the City and protect the interest of the guilds located there. It was called the "Temple Bar" because it was located outside the Temple Church area and Inns of Court and served as a bar to trade.

Temple Bar has existed in some form since the late 1200s. The current version was designed by Christopher Wren in the late 1600s after the Great Fire. By the late 1800s it was falling apart and constricted traffic, the volume of whcih had increased steadily over the centuries. It was taken down and set up on a private estate outside London. In 2004 it was re-erected in the City at the entrance to Paternoster Square.

The square itself sits on what used to be London's booksellers row, completely destroyed in December 1940 during WWII bombing. You can seek out photos online of the view from the dome of St. Paul's over the completely empty, obliterated area directly north and northwest of the cathedral. It took around 40 years of redevelopment and re-redevelopment to get it right, if your can call its current form "right."

I have some happy memories of coffee with friends in the square. I make a point of passing through, however, from time to time in order to marvel at Temple Bar and reflect on its role in the history of this glorious city.
Written April 15, 2016
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ReviewerII
Chalfont St Peter, UK377 contributions
Really interesting square with great eateries. We dined at The Saint I think it is, can't find a tripadvisor listing for them but it was really nice with friendly helpful staff, nice vibes around here and a pret in you don't fancy dining in
Written August 25, 2019
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Onlyplacesilike
London, UK551 contributions
Solo
I work very near Paternoster Square and walk through it often. It may sound strange, but I actually look forward to walking through it - even if that's at 6.45 in the morning! It's kept clean and you see them hosing it down very early. I've seen them fly a hawk to keep the pigeons at bay. There are nice places to eat and drink around the edge of the square - especially on a sunny day, there's an interesting sun dial on the side of the London Stock Exchange and nice monuments/statues that blend the new with the old, and it goes without saying, magical views of St Paul's Cathedral. But the thing I really love about it is that someone lays on little treats for us. This week a fabulous crazy golf course has popped up with mini London landmarks, and so good that it has stirred me to make this post. But there are other short lived 'moments' too ... Table tennis, giant Connect4, pianos, deck chairs to name a few ... And that make you smile. To everyone who maintains Paternoster Square and organises all these nice surprises - thank you - it's appreciated.
Written June 14, 2017
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Cjxmc
Surrey9 contributions
Friends
I was pleasantly greeted by the sight of many heads on poles when I entered the so called pentagon shaped square. The fountain was, in a word, unnecessary and splashed me and my fellow colleges on several occasions. The stench from the chimney bellowing out nauseous toxic smoke from the near by Pret-a-manger was intolerable and the sight of Cafe Nero made my eyes water. After this brief ordeal I felt like I needed to 'spend a penny' and I felt like the fountain was not a good place to do this. I became aquanted with a conveniently placed sign notifying me of the nearby toilet facilities. Once I had strolled along the ugly floor, I was met by the stench of cheap bathroom cleaner and the aroma of extreemly cheap 'Tesco Value Pleasent morning air freshner'. Once I had hiked down the endless flights of steep, dangerous and irresponsibly placed stairs. I was met the the ghastly sight of a train station ticket barrier. I was requested to pay approximately 30 pennies on arrival. From the look smell and taste of the toilets, I vacated the shanty town immediately, using the lift which was conveniently provided free of charge. This was a sight which I hope never to see again in my life.
Written November 16, 2013
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davidandmel
Birmingham, UK1,486 contributions
A hidden gem with dining and drinking options. There are lovely St Pauls views and some fine architecture. We didn't know if was here........
Written August 12, 2020
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Kenneth_Smith
Stirling, UK829 contributions
The atmosphere was chilled and lovely, nice to watch the people going about their business. Loads to see and do around the area.
Written December 29, 2019
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