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As well as being a well preserved ruin and a peaceful garden this really brings home home close the bombs got to St Pauls Cathedral in WW2, Well worth visiting if in this part of London as there are many unusual locations within a few...More
As others have mentioned, Greyfriars Church is the remains of a Christopher Wren designed church that was destroyed by fire during the Second World War. All that remains is the shell of the church, the roof having collapsed. It's makes a picturesque spot for an...More
These public gardens are another of the delightful green oases amid the noise and bustle of the City of London financial district. They’ve been created within the ruins of the Wren church, Christ Church and on the site of the mediaeval Greyfriars Franciscan monastery. The...More
This lovely garden is a real surprise. It’s leafy and restful and positioned incongruously in the middle of City mayhem. It helps to understand the history which is highlighted on a notice board. This is the real historic London. It’s not far from St. Paul’s...More
This a gardens that sits within the destroyed Christchurch of Greyfriars. The planting reflects the original outline of the interior of the church so box hedges where the pews were. There is loads of colour from the planting just now and there are a few...More
Christchurch Greyfriars Garden (the official name) is located on a bomb site next to St. Paul's Cathedral and reminds you of how close the bombs famously fell near St. Paul's.
The site had the Greyfriars Monastery 1225-1538, then Christ's Hospital School 1552-1902 (when the school...More
Another great find on our self-guided walking tour in the financial district. This former church site, the grounds of which have now been converted into a lovely English-style garden, was the perfect resting stop on a warm London day. We grabbed a bench in the...More
While enjoying a long walk along High Holborn during our most recent stay in London, we deviated slightly from our intended route to take a stroll along Greyfriars Passage.
It was a fascinating experience for someone with an interest in modern history to be able...More
As we were looking for another historical sight we came across this amazing garden within the ruins of a bombed church. The church was a monastic church in the thirteenth century, and became a parish church after the dissolution of the monastery. After it was...More
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.