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St Olave's Church

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St Olave's Church

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futtock21 wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom9,842 contributions1,219 helpful votes
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St. James’s Piccadilly and St. Martin-in-the-Fields are both well known venues for free lunchtime concerts but one should add to their number St. Olave’s in Hart Lane, a stone’s throw south of Fenchurch Street station. It’s not as grand as its West End rivals, not least because it’s one of the few medieval churches (in fact dating from the 13th century) to have survived the Great Fire of 1666. Unfortunately it had to be rebuilt after the Blitz with King Haakon VII of Norway presiding over the rededication ceremony in 1954. As such it is one of the smallest churches in London but what it lacks in grandeur it certainly makes up for in atmosphere. It made an admirable setting for a recital of music for oboe and piano including a non-reverberant acoustic for a programme including sonatas by Vivaldi and Poulenc. The small churchyard is an oasis of calm amidst the bustle of the eastern corner of the City.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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ViaBen wrote a review Nov 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom733 contributions354 helpful votes
St Olave's is possibly one of the smallest churches in the City and it is one of the few that did not burn down in the Great Fire. Wooden ceiling, a modern organ, plenty of memorials to the many worthy patrons and historical figures connected to the church and a small cemetery/garden on the side. When I visited the atmosphere was peaceful and welcoming - until a good and unexpected lunchtime started and that added to the pleasant experience.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Howlo wrote a review Aug 2019
Buckingham, United Kingdom9,245 contributions1,183 helpful votes
We came across this fine church by accident whilst in the Tower Hill Area. What a lovely and beautiful church, it is full of history, having survived the Great Fire it is fitting Samuel Pepys is buried here. It really is worth seeking out amongst all the surrounding skyscrappers
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Hoppityskip wrote a review Mar 2019
Basildon, United Kingdom10,785 contributions706 helpful votes
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Had a short but relaxing visit to see this church before I was out to dinner Well worth a pop in to see this fascinating church
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Date of experience: March 2019
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vickiebypass wrote a review Feb 2019
Stamford, Connecticut178 contributions84 helpful votes
I like going to lunch-time recitals so picked St Olave’s church which is on Hart Street. Interesting neighborhood since it’s a financial, business area so not many tourists but it was lunchtime with lots of locals out and about. Came out of the Tube at the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange and spotted several unusual skyscrapers, including the Gherkin, the Walkie-Talkie, and others. Love the juxtaposition of old and new. Furthering that, St Olave’s, a 12th century church, was in the midst of tall, modern office buildings & hotels. The church is small but rather ornate inside with stained glass windows from the 1950s and various memorial. For a small place, it has a lot of history – it survived the Great Fire, Pepys is buried there, had heavy bomb damage in WWII and was restored in the 1950’s. Affiliated with various guilds, including the corn hall workers and cloth workers which is reflected in the stained glass windows. Crypt down a winding metal staircase.. There were about 30 attendees and the concert was a pianist and a flautist who played for a full hour. Very nice. No charge for the concert but they were accepting donations so I left them 5 pounds which seemed to be what other people are doing. Would go to another concert there or at other churches.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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