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St Olave's Church

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St Olave's is an historic church in the City of London and final resting place of English diarist, and observer of the Great Fire of London, Samuel Pepys.
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8 Hart Street, London EC3R 7NB, England
City of London
+44 20 7488 4318
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Reviewed March 4, 2019

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

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Hoppityskip
Reviewed February 27, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 30, 2019 via mobile

In the heart of the city and spooky in many ways (see photos). Very interesting history. Little grave yard in the center. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank StephenCr0ss
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

On Thursday 18th October we went to find St. Olave's Church in London. This church was the church my family used when living in Bermondsey. It was situated in a quite corner of the Tower of London Area. Surrounded by sky scrapers and offices and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Neetanoo14
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Cute and a little creepy at the same time. This tiny church with an even tinier churchyard is tucked into a little corner of London City. Enter the church from Hart Street (near The Ship Pub) for a quick look inside. Then, go around the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ParkerSturbridge
Reviewed August 30, 2018

This is the only church locally dedicated to the patron saint of Norway. It is not like many other City churches as it is less showy and has a rural feel. The stained glass is particularly worth seeing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sheepygold
Reviewed August 22, 2018

Sadly, the church was closed when I visited but the exterior is well worth coming to see and I shall be back to see the interior as soon as I can. It's history stretches all the way back to its foundation in the 11th century....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed August 6, 2018

St Olaves in Hart Street has a fascinating name- before you go find out who O was. Then on arrival at the gate to the church yard look up at the spiked skulls - find out about them, Dickens and the thunderstorm. Next as you...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank hewiewright
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Located in the insurance area of the City of London, the following organisations have connections to the church: The Clothmakers Company, The Trinity House, The Wine & Spirits Trade and The Environmental Cleaners Company. As a result the church is well looked after. When I...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Colin E
Reviewed May 29, 2017

This was recommended as one of those things you see "off the beaten path" it would have been good to go inside but it was not open when we visited. The entrance to the church with the skulls over the top is neat to see...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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