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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

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Address: West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7248 2294
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Free lunchtime concert

Visited for a free lunchtime concert and listened to the lovely music in this great brooding Norman church. It has a dark atmosphere. It normally charges an entrance fee which is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited for a free lunchtime concert and listened to the lovely music in this great brooding Norman church. It has a dark atmosphere. It normally charges an entrance fee which is unusual for a church and if I had paid I would have felt that it should have had better information and facilities. The cafe has really gone down hill... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to Evensong here during their Founder's Day celebration, both to enjoy worship and to hear the fine choir. The choir was excellent, as advertised, and we enjoyed learning about the church's foundation in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, by Rahere, a member of King Henry I's court. It was the only church service I've ever... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful experience this sunday, lovely mass and a very friendly parish. I was with friends and it was simply wonderful.

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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Visited during a midweek walk around Barbican area, hidden behind a Tudor gateway, this is a really interesting old church, dating from the 12th century. It costs £4 to enter and you are given an A4 size map of the layout with interesting features highlighted. There is also a good little cafe in the cloisters. We spent an hour here... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Closed 30 minutes early and we were turned away. Very frustrating. A group of men in front of us went for lunch as wedding on but when came back were told they couldn't come in. Even more frustrating for them as they specifically wanted to see it.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

The church was founded in 1123, as an Augustinian priory, together with the hospital at the same location. It is a hidden gem, not crowded by tourists, but very interesting Medieval building with great history, witnessing the execution of William Wallace, escaping the Great Fire and surviving the Second World War without damage.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

I love this Church it has a really fantastic ambience and a history back to 1123 this is a beautiful and really spiritual place. I love it so much I always take my visitors there. The architecture is stunning and it is a place for reflection as well as wonder given the surroundings. The stories the walls could tell from... More 

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

St. Bartholomew the Great is tucked away in Smithfield & as such does not attract anywhere near the hordes of tourists that descend on the better known St. Paul's & Westminster Abbey. However, it is equally deserving of a visit & one can enjoy a more intimate & peaceful experience. The church has the distinction of being the oldest surviving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

The only entirely Medieval church of London. It is a stunning and cosy Romanesque building with so much history, before the Reformation it was an Augustinian priory - the Medieval tomb of a prior just in the sanctuary is an interesting example of English pre-Reformation art and so is the Perpendicular oriel window from whence the prior could spy on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

St Bartholomews Hospital in an ancient hospital, built in 1123, by a monk Rahere, in thankfulness for his safe return from the Crusades. The hospital square is quite beautiful and also over the gatehouse is a statue of Henry VIII. Not to be forgotten is that William Wallace the Scottish hero, was hanged, drawn and quartered in the square outside... More 

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