I am fortunate enough to work right next to St. Pauls Cathedral. I thought I would write a quick overview of the Cathedral with some basic information for those visitors that wish to come and visit this magnificent building.
Now I know Local Chappy is all about local information and not so much about all the standard tourist stuff however I will explore a few options in and around St. Pauls Cathedral that probably many tourists will not know about. But first, lets explore the main event, St. Pauls.
The church is based in the City of London. For the first local chappy fact that most tourist will find interesting is that St. Pauls form the western border of the City of London. Most people will not realise that the City of London is a city within London, with its own mayor and police etc.
The church was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and was completed in 1720.
The north-west tower contains the current peal of 12 bells which were cast by Taylor of Loughborough with a tenor weighing 61-2-12cwt.
The weights of the bells are:
|1||8-1-4||1461.0||F||30.88″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|2||9-0-20||1270.0||E♭||32.50″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|3||9-3-12||1199.0||D||34.00″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|4||11-2-22||1063.0||C||36.38″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|5||13-1-0||954.0||B♭||38.63″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|6||13-2-14||884.0||A||39.63″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|7||16-1-18||784.0||G||43.75″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|8||21-3-18||705.0||F||47.63″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|9||27-1-22||636.0||E♭||52.50″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|10||29-3-21||592.0||D||55.25″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|11||43-2-0||525.0||C||61.25″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|12||61-2-12||468.0||B♭||69.00″||1878||John Taylor & Co|
As I previously said the church is in the City of London, it is serviced by St. Pauls station on the Central (Red) underground line. Its very convenient to get to from either the west or east of the city. If you are coming from north or south, you can take the Northern Line (Black) to bank station.
The church has hosted very prominent events over the ages.
The dome of the church is probably the most recognisable. Sir Christopher Wren who design it actually drawn inspiration from St. Peters Basilica in Rome. It is worth going into the church to view the dome however there is an entrance fee into the church.
So for the best view of St. Pauls, I would recommend two viewing platforms. Firstly if you go to Tate Modern on the opposite side of the “Wobbly” foot bridge, go to the bar of the museum to have a stunning view of the river with St. Pauls in the background however next to the cathedral is a shopping mall call One New Change. Take the lift to the top floor of the shopping mall to get out at Madison bar and restaurant, the roof terrace is open and free to have a stunning close up view of the church.
Other local attractions are:
1. The museum of London, a great museum and well worth going too.
2. The Barbican is a great place to catch a cultural performance or even a movie. Its well worth exploring.
3. The “Walky Talky” (20 Finchurch Road) building is also open and free if you plan in advance. The gardens inside the building is great and the views of London is spectacular.
4. Borough Market, another place I would recommend.
5. Spitafields market near Liverpool street station.
Going to St. Pauls Cathedral can become extremely busy with lots of tourists. My suggestion would be to visit on a Sunday, this could be quieter as the City is “closed” on this day. Also the attractions in and around the city usually is a bit more accessible.