St. Lawrence Jewry
St. Lawrence Jewry
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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.
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  • Bank • 4 min walk
  • Bank • 5 min walk
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,829 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
The church sits on a site which used to be a Jewish synagogue quite a few centuries ago. We poked our heads in after a visit to the nearby Guildhall Art Gallery. The church itself is very quiet and a nice refuge from the city for those interested. It is nice and bright during the day thanks to the windows and lighting inside. The church as we know it today was restored in 1957 and has some nice benches and an organ. It would be a nice spot to pray or just take a quick look while looking at sites nearby.
Written July 4, 2024
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK936 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
This beautiful church stands next to the Guildhall in the City. The original church on the site was built in the 12th Century and was destroyed in 1666 by the Great Fire of London. Work began to rebuild the church in 1670 and was completed in 1677; it was one of Sir Christopher Wren's most expensive City Churches.

During the Second World War, the church was severely damaged although not completely destroyed. It was restored in 1957 and is now the official church of the Corporation of London. The interior of the church is absolutely beautiful with its white interior and gold-leaf and the chandeliers are magnificent.
Written July 26, 2017
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
Although not worth a special trip to visit St Lawrence Jewry on its own, if you’re visiting the nearby Guildhall, it’s a nice idea to combine the two sites. St Lawrence Jewry is the official church of the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation. The original church was built in the twelfth century but was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Its replacement was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, but that too was destroyed by fire in 1940. It was restored in 1957 to the Wren design. The church has a calm, tranquil interior and is open to the public 9-5 Monday to Friday.
Written January 30, 2019
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Sue1951
Northampton, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
A fascinating church with so much history. A lovely lady was more than happy to help with our questions and point out items of interest that we might otherwise have missed.
Written February 12, 2019
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Margaret Mary O
London, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
The official church - since 1957 - of the Lord Mayor & the Corporation of the City of London, it is now a Grade 1 Listed building.
The original church, which was built in 1136 & where St. Thomas More gave a sermon, was situated close to a street by the name of
'OLD JEWRY'
which was occupied by the Jewish community from 1066-1290. having come over with William the Conqueror.
The church is dedicated to St. Lawrence who was martyred in Rome & whose feast day is kept on August 10.
Numerous churches, including the original one here, were destroyed in 1666 during the Great Fire. Sir Christopher Wren started work on its replacement in 1670 and finished it 7 years later when the parish was joined with that of St. Mary Magdalene in Milk Street -
More's boyhood church -
which was not going to be rebuilt.
Wren's church lasted till 1940 when it was razed to the ground during the Battle of Britain.
The current building, which measures 81ft by 66ft, was restored by the Corporation in 1957 when it became apparent that the then-owners
BAILIOL COLLEGE, OXFORD
did not possess the wherewithal to do so. As a result, it is NO LONGER a parish church BUT a Guild one - having links with 11 out of the 108 Livery Companies in the City. These include:-
DISTILLERS
HABERDASHERS
and
WAX CHANDLERS
The altar is rather plain, but this is more than offset by the glorious stained-glass windows that surround it. The pews have got some very elaborate carvings on them but, not having my glasses with me, I was unable to make out much of the detail on them and I couldn't find anybody to ask.
The weathervane is most unusual in its shape as it is a replica of a gridiron, rather than the more common symbol of a cockerel.

VISITING HOURS
Monday - Thursday 08.00 - 13.00

TRANSPORT
The bus is the most convenient way of getting to this church -
there are any number of them running along CHEAPSIDE / POULTRY.
Bear in mind that there's usually very heavy congestion in this area so this might delay you a little bit.
Coming by Tube,Bank station is the nearest/ This is served by
CENTRAL LINE - coloured RED
and
NORTHERN LINE (Bank branch) coloured BLACK.

"Come, you might meet with the Lord Mayor"
Written September 24, 2017
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ranjanapathak
Orlando, FL1,401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
In heart of the city near guildhall, this beautiful small church was visited by us in the afternoon. This is an official church of the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation. No service was on that time. Many mosaic pictures of the world famous celebrities were put on the walls of this church. Some of them are attached with my this review. Good place to see once.
Written August 10, 2017
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
This church has such a serene feeling of peace and tranquillity, despite there being quite a few people in it when I visited it. Like so many City churches, it is very light and bright inside. Wonderful wooden framed organ and many fascinating wall memorial plaques. It forms part of the boundary of the Guildhall courtyard, which is also well worth seeing at the same time. Unusually, there are toilets available for visitors, which is worth remembering. Well worth a visit.
Written June 16, 2017
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John M
18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Just a short walk from St. Paul's Cathedral and next to the Guildhall which is interesting to view on its own. A peaceful man-made pond with plants is just outside the church door.

Inside you are somewhat shocked by how bright everything looks like a building kept in a time capsule from centuries past. Then you read from the guide in the church lobby that it was bombed in WW II and rebuilt in its original style. Beautiful woodwork around the altar and the side chapel. Gold leaf everywhere shows this is the official church of the Lord Mayor and the leaders of the square mile of the financial district (City).
Written May 12, 2018
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Ian C
London, UK23,735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
It is worth visiting this and the nearby churches of St Lawrence Walbrook and St Margaret Lothbury at the same time. All were built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666 and all are very different. One difference with St Lawrence is that it was badly bombed during the Second World War and has been reconstructed, with the ceiling restored using Wren's original drawings. It is nevertheless a beautiful church that is worth visiting - don't miss the stained glass by Christopher Webb which probably provides a more unified appearance than the mixture of 19th century glass destroyed in the 1940's.

St Lawrence is adjacent to the Guildhall and is the official church of the Corporation of the City of London
Written January 3, 2018
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Colin E
242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Located next to the Guildhall, in the entrance to the church is a painting of St Lawrence on the gridiron, about to meet his death.
Thankfully the church doesn’t have other images of St Lawrence about to die. In fact the church has a light interior, a wonderful organ. Lots of gold leaf. The predominant colours are white and gold. Very well maintained. Eight chandeliers.
Written October 8, 2017
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