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“A lovely church/museam in the heart of the city”

All Hallows Barking-by-the-Tower
Ranked #219 of 1,616 things to do in London
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Owner description: All Hallows By The Tower church was founded in 675 AD and, throughout London's history, has played a key part in almost every important event. A Roman pavement, Saxon stonework, Mediaeval paintings and statues, and the glorious Grinling Gibbons font cover are all on show. This is the church where the Knights Templar had their London trials, Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire of London from the tower, where William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania) was baptised and where President John Quincy Adams married a local girl. It is the founding place of Toc H and 'Tubby' Clayton was Vicar here for 40 years. The church has a characterful Crypt Museum and an excellent cafe - The Kitchen.
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“A lovely church/museam in the heart of the city”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

We discovered this church by chance as we were sitting across from it at Pret waiting for our friends. Tripadvisor listed several attractions nearby and the church popped up on the screen.
It's a peaceful church and a museum displaying some roman streets and artifacts from old England. It's quiet and uncommon enough that you can have the place to yourself at times. We loved it!

Visited March 2013
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“A serene place for the air of privacy and history”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

I really don't get why this place is so underrated, but it does not have the advertising or the glitz of its more famous neighbours like the Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. This very old church is very small and private. Thanks to the bombings of the World War II, the roof and some walls have been crushed and a lot of the original gothic features with it, but the restoration work has been careful executed (in my opinion) and although you see the difference between the old and the new, the sense of history is not taken away by it. In the basement are the remnants of a Roman house and pieces of Roman artifacts assembled from it. It is also an interesting burial place with drawers in the wall assigned or the deceased instead of coffins.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful place of worship with fascinating history.”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Came upon this church by accident whilst visiting the Tower of London. A peaceful oasis amidst the noise of a busy main road. Only one negative comment would be about the scowling gentleman manning the enquiry desk - I wouldn't have dared approach him!

The jewel in this place's crown though is the Kitchen restaurant which is tagged onto the side. Do not miss an opportunity to eat here, where the atmosphere is warm and friendly, food delicious and prices very non-London.

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“Organ recital heard in the crypt”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

In the bowels of the oldest church, walking on a Roman path, surrounded by remnants of history, the strains of a stirring organ recital adding to the atmosphere...brilliant way to spend a lunchtime, and spare a few miniutes contemplating the ghosts which probably still reside next door at the the Tower of London

Visited February 2013
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“Tranquility by the Tower”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is an oasis of calm near the madness around teh Tower. Get some spiritual refreshment - this is the oldest church in the City so we gather, with a crypt and Roman ruin. It's a great place to rest and pray an dbe still. The crypt museum is well worth a visit with links to the US as well.

Visited November 2012
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