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London - Around Town : The City (part 2) - City Churches to Visit, Eating and Drinking

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City Churches to Visit

  1. St Paul’s Cathedral

    St Paul’s Cathedral
  2. St Bartholomew-the-Great

    One of London’s oldest churches, St Bartholomew, was built in the 12th century. Several Norman architectural details may be seen.

    • West Smithfield EC1

    • Open 8:30am–5pm (4pm in winter) Mon–Fri, 10:30am–4pm Sat, 8:30am–8pm Sun

    • Adm

  3. St Mary-le-Bow

    Located in Cheapside, St Mary-le-Bow was rebuilt by Wren following its destruction in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

    • Cheapside EC2

    • Open 7am–6pm Mon–Wed, 7am–4pm Fri

    • Free

  4. St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

    The largest church in the city, St Sepulchre is famous for its peal of 12 bells. Lunchtime concerts are held on Tue and Wed.

    • Holborn Viaduct EC1

    • Open noon–2pm Tue–Thu, 11am–3pm Wed

    • Free

  5. St Katherine Cree

    One of eight churches to survive the Great Fire, it dates from about 1630. Purcell and Handel both played on its organ.

    • Leadenhall Street EC3

    • Open 10:30am–4:30pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri

    • Free

  6. St Magnus the Martyr

    Designed by Wren in the 1670s, the church retains his elegant pulpit. Regular recitals take place throughout the year.

    • Lower Thames Street EC3

    • Open 10am–4pm Tue–Fri, 10am–1pm Sun

    • Free

  7. All Hallows by the Tower

    Take a 40-minute guided tour of the church, which dates from Saxon times.

    • Byward Street EC3

    • Open 9am–5:30pm Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm Sat, 1–5pm Sun

    • Free

  8. St Stephen Walbrook

    The Lord Mayor’s parish church is considered to be Wren’s finest.

    • Walbrook EC4

    • Open 10am–4pm Mon–Thu, 10am–3pm Fri

    • Free

  9. St Anne and St Agnes

    This Lutheran church has a long tradition in music (especially Baroque). Lunchtime concerts are held on Mon and Fri.

    • Gresham Street EC2

    • Open 10am–4pm Mon–Fri, services on Sun

    • Free

  10. St Lawrence Jewry

    Beautiful stained glass windows of historic figures are the highlight here.

    • Guildhall EC2

    • Open 7:30am–2pm daily

    • Free


Eating and Drinking

  1. St John

    A delightful restaurant serving excellent British food. Delicious light bar meals available .

    • 26 St John Street EC1

    • 020 7251 0848

    • Disabled access to bar but not to restaurant or toilets

  2. Top Floor at Smiths of Smithfield

    This warehouse restaurant serves meat market specials . A café on the ground floor turns into a bar in the evening and there is an informal restaurant on the second floor.

    • 66–77 Charterhouse Street EC1

    • 020 7251 7950

  3. Club Gascon

    Top-notch cuisine from south­west France. Pick three or four “taster” dishes, such as venison scallops, or there is a five-course gourmet “tasting” menu, including wines.

    • 57 West Smithfield EC1

    • 020 7796 0600

  4. Sweetings

    This is a lunchtime haven for fish lovers. Starters such as potted shrimp are followed by plaice and Dover sole. Desserts include bread-and-butter pudding.

    • 39 Queen Victoria Street EC4

    • 020 7248 3062

    • No credit cards

  5. Sauterelle

    Stylish French dining in the gallery of the City’s Royal Exchange.

    • Royal Exchange EC3

    • 020 7618 2483

  6. Eastway @ Andaz

    Contemporary, but hearty dishes, from lamb to hamburger, are served in this lively city eaterie.

    • 40 Liverpool Street EC2

    • 020 7618 7400

  7. 1 Lombard Street

    This Michelin-starred restaurant serves exquisite modern dishes.

    • 1 Lombard Street EC3

    • 020 7929 6611

  8. The Place Below

    Popular lunchtime canteen in the crypt of St Mary-le-Bow church.

    • Cheapside EC2

    • 020 7329 0789

  9. Shaw’s Booksellers

    Quirky pub and bar with a splendid array of beers and wines.

    • 31–34 St Andrew’s Hill EC4

    • 020 7489 7999

  10. Vertigo 42

    Take in the incredible views at this ostentatious, sky-scraping champagne bar on the 42nd floor.

    • Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street EC2

    • 020 7877 7842

Unless otherwise stated, all restaurants accept credit cards and serve vegetarian meals. Many City restaurants close at weekends.

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