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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
+44 20 7600 0440
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West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
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Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

I didn't think I'd be lucky to go inside and I'd actually just gone as the church has been featured in many films like Four Weddings and a Funeral. However, it was open and the lady at the reception was delightful. She showed me inside,...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

It’s a magnificent setting, a church created out of a long defunct Augustinian Priory chapel founded in 1123, dissolved in 1539, but only merged a few years ago in a single diocese with its smaller neighbour St. Bartholomew the Less in the grounds of the...More

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Reviewed March 31, 2018

We were in this end of town to visit Charterhouse, but not realising that it did not open until 11 o'clock we looked for somewhere else nearby and lighted on this amazing church. Although the tower and nave went around the time of the dissolution...More

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Reviewed February 22, 2018

Visit at dusk if possible as it is very atmospheric inside the church. Very helpful guide who gave us some of the history and recommended a great pub nearby for fish and chips! Also see Smithfield market ( nearby) and the Old Bailey....

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Reviewed February 3, 2018

This church was founded as an Augustinian priory in 1123 by Rahere, a courtier of King Henry 1. It is no coincidence that St Bart's hospital is nearby - this was also founded by Rahere at the same time, and its original location was nearer...More

Thank Laurie P
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Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

This is the spiritual experience I was looking for. The church (circa 11th century) is not too big and the Solemn Eucharist lasted about 90 minutes. The small choir created a peaceful atmosphere. The liturgy was well documented for visitors. The congregants were very friendly....More

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Reviewed December 8, 2017

Wh knew there was a norman church on the edge of central London? I first spotted this ages ago but kept not visiting it and then some friends from the Czech Republic came to stay and we took them there. There's a narrow arch with...More

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Reviewed December 4, 2017

I happened to stumble upon the church on the day of the Lord Major's Show, a festive fare was taking place, so I didn't have to pay an entrance fee. Instead I spent the money on Bakewell tarts. Lots to see in the church. A...More

1  Thank Colin E
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Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

Having taken my guests to see the Smithfield Market buildings, I remembered that this fine church hides away in a corner through a Medieval gateway. My American friends were astounded, realising that this was the oldest building they had ever walked in to! Originating as...More

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Reviewed September 2, 2017

I visited here with a friend who, like me, is interested in history. We expected to find, and did find, the oldest church in London still in its original state. This was the last Anglican pulpit in London open to John Wesley. And a surprise......More

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