St Helen's Bishopsgate Church

St Helen's Bishopsgate Church, London

St Helen's Bishopsgate Church

St Helen's Bishopsgate Church
4.5
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
The area
Address
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
  • Aldgate • 6 min walk
  • Liverpool St • 6 min walk

4.5
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,974 contributions
Odd location.
Feb 2020 • Solo
This old church sits opposite the futuristic looking Lloyds Building and the other modern skyscrapers in the city. Nice features.
Written February 3, 2020
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ersatzs66
London, United Kingdom150 contributions
A priceless historical and cultural treasure
Jan 2020 • Solo
While it's hard to time your visit here (it is often closed to tourists), your perseverance will be rewarded. Checking out the monuments in advance online also helps.
Written January 21, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,091 contributions
Largest surviving parish church in the City of London
Oct 2019 • Solo
St. Helen’s Bishopsgate has a number of claims to fame. It is the largest surviving parish church in the City of London. It had the largest number of monuments of any church in Greater London such that it has been nicknamed the ‘Westminster Abbey of the City’. It was Shakespeare’s parish church when he lived near here in the 1590s. Prominent jurist Sir Alberico Gentili is buried here. The present building is the result of a substantial restoration in 1891-3. Although it survived both the Great Fire of London of 1666 and the 1940 Blitz it was severely damaged by two nearby IRA bombs in the 1990s when its roof was blown off, stained glass was shattered (although subsequently restored) but many monuments were lost. It has recently been taken over by an ultra-conservative Anglican sect which opposes the ordination of women but whose ‘priests’
dress like bankers in lounge suits.
Written October 10, 2019
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shanhowes
London5 contributions
Fab church
May 2019 • Solo
St Helens seems a really nice church. Coming from a charasmatic background myself, this is much more conservative but if you're interested in what the Bible has to say, this church will explain it clearly. The service I went to today was very friendly and thought provoking. The inside is different to most churches I've been to and there are some interesting parts to see. I thought the organ sounded amazing
Written May 12, 2019
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Daniela
7 contributions
Special church with vibrant church community
Mar 2019 • Friends
Love at second sight :-)
St Helen's Bishopsgate is an Anglican church that does not immediately catch your eye, as it is peculiarly placed in the midst of construction works and skyscrapers. On entering, it likewise does not overwhelm the visitor with stunning architecture or beautiful stained glass windows as other churches do.
However, this church is definitely worth a visit - not only because it holds all sorts of hidden and intriguing pieces of art, ready to discover. I always find new inscriptions and medieval traces each time I visit.
Even more so, it is worth coming on a Sunday when the different assemblies meet for their services throughout the day, filling the building with worship songs, making room for solid preaching, serving tea and coffee afterwards, and welcoming new people with an open smile.
Written April 15, 2019
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Frank Peter G
Bebington276 contributions
A church of outstanding architectural and historical interest as well as a fantastically lively congregation
Mar 2019
Having visited this church for a wedding I was both impressed by the building itself and the people who ran and attended it.

The building has been well preserved for its historical importance, but what impressed me more was the appeal the church people there have for the local community. The church is well staffed and services are full of attenders. What a wonderful treat it was to enter an old church not just kept as a dead museum piece but also vibrantly alive and full of enthusiastic members offering service of all kinds to those who live and work nearby. What a change to see a church being used for what it was built for hundreds of years ago.

For those not interested in any kind of religion, this is als a place not to miss.
Written March 19, 2019
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PHE22
London, UK3,925 contributions
Gem
Jan 2019 • Solo
A gem of a church built in 12th century amongst the modern large skyscrapers of this part of the city. Rebuilt in nineties but in the same style.
Written January 11, 2019
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Fresser18
London, UK3 contributions
The evangelicals don't care about church history
Oct 2018 • Solo
This magnificent building is poorly served by the congregation who happen to be using it. The biblebashers here insist that disguise the building, its fine monuments and architecture, behind a series of hideous vanity screens. Even worse served is near by St. Andrew Undershaft, aslo controlled by the Happy Clappies of St. Helen's. One gets the feeling that they would tear the buildings down if they could and build a glass and steel shed, more suited to their austere, narrow view of religion
Written October 15, 2018
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Dan B
43 contributions
The History Speaks Loudly
Sep 2018 • Family
Come for the history but stay for the spiritual input and fellowship among people who care and take ministry seriously. In the heart of the financial district you'll find a spiritual oasis so come and take a while.
Written September 28, 2018
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fudgegudge
Guildford, UK66 contributions
Historic Church
Feb 2018 • Solo
Best to visit in the mornings to see this historic church dating back to the 12th century. It was bombed twice by the IRA with extensive damage but has been restored fully and still maintains many original features. Many historic graves, placques, sword stands and furniture to see with a gallery above. One to visit.
Written February 8, 2018
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