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The Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life. The current Cathedral - the fourth to occupy this site - was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London's leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.
Dominating the London skyline, the magnificent domed cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was completed in 1710. Visitors can now enjoy a new inclusive multimedia guide which weaves together contemporary photography, archive film footage (including the wedding of HRH Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer) and the voices of those who work in St Paul’s today, with interviews and commentary from the Dean of St Paul’s, the Conservator and Director of Music amongst others.
New Exhibition - Oculus: an eye into St Paul’s
Visitors can also enjoy the new exhibition ‘Oculus: an eye into St Paul’s’. The first project of its kind in a cathedral, Oculus uses 270˚ films to bring 1400 years of history to life. Located in the atmospheric former Treasury in the crypt. Oculus takes visitors to Saxon London amidst the construction of the first St Paul’s in 604 AD, through the buildings on the site that have fallen to fire and disrepair, before showing them the Great Fire of 1666 and the devastation of London during the Blitz when St Paul’s became a lasting symbol of strength, survival and hope.
The Golden Gallery
The Golden Gallery is the smallest of the galleries, which runs around the highest point of the outer dome, 280ft (85.4 metres) and 530 steps from ground-level. While the dome and galleries were being built, Wren was hauled up and down in a basket at least once a week to inspect the work in progress. He was 76 by the time this work was completed in 1708, and he watched as his son placed the last stone in position.
St Paul's is built in the shape of a cross, with the dome crowning the intersection of the arms. It is one of the largest Cathedral domes in the world, 111.3 metres high. It weighs approximately 65,000 tonnes and is supported by eight pillars. Between the arches of the inner dome are mosaics of prophets and saints, which were installed between 1864 and 1888. The murals in the dome were created between 1715 and 1719 by court painter Sir James Thornhill and feature scenes from the life of St Paul.
The Stone Gallery
The Stone Gallery is one of the two galleries above the Whispering Gallery that encircle the outside of the dome. The Stone Gallery stands at 173 ft (53.4 metres) from ground-level. It is reached by 378 steps. While the Dome and galleries were being built, Wren was hauled up and down in a basket at least once a week to inspect the work in progress. He was 76 by the time this work was completed in 1708, and he watched as his son placed the last stone in position.
The Whispering Gallery
The Whispering Gallery runs around the interior of the Dome and is 259 steps up from ground-level. It gets its name from a charming quirk in its construction, which makes a whisper against its walls audible on the opposite side.
Those travelling in a group can benefit from the Group Tour System where the tour leader can communicate clearly to the group via a microphone and transmitter to each of the group member’s receivers.
Filming and photography is not allowed inside the Cathedral.
Children under six (6) years of age are admitted free of charge and do not require a ticket. (Children must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the galleries)
Family tickets are available online allowing entry for two adults and two children of 6-16 years of age. If you require a family ticket, you need only select one (1) ticket here.
All advance tickets are available with a self-print option only. You will need access to a printer to print your admission tickets.
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
Nearest Train Station: Blackfriars, Cannon Street or London Bridge
Nearest Underground: Blackfriars
Public Bus Routes: 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242
Take full advantage of the beauty of London from the Thames with the River Roamer Ticket. This full day ticket allows you to Hop-on and Hop-off the river and explore the many historic and modern sites on or near its banks. Roam around the stops at the Tower Pier, London Eye, Greenwich and much more.
The Emirates Air Line
Take the Thames Clipper to North Greenwich Pier and ‘take off’ on the Emirates Air Line with a return ticket experience. ‘Fly’ over the River Thames on London’s latest attraction. Launched in 2012 the Emirates Air Line provides stunning views across the Olympic Park, the O2 and London’s skyline to the West.
ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in
fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds. The Tower of London, founded by
William the Conqueror in 1066-7, is one of the world’s most famous fortresses
yet despite its grim reputation as a place of torture and death, there are so
many more stories to be told. Buy Tickets
world famous collection of fabulous finery and regalia – the Crown Jewels
housed in a Jewel House, fit for the 21st century, explores the importance of
the Crown Jewels to the British monarchy, the role of the Tower in protecting
these treasures and the long and fascinating tradition of coronations in
England. The priceless collection holds some of the most legendary and
extraordinary diamonds in the world. The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
are a unique working collection of royal regalia and are still regularly used
by the Queen in important national ceremonies, such as the State opening of
castle built to strike fear and submission into the unruly citizens of London
and deter foreign invaders - today you cannot miss the iconic White Tower, a
symbol of London and Britain, overlooking the River Thames. From July 2013,
inside you will find the world’s oldest visitor attraction, The Line of Kings.
A line of wooden horses, their garish colours and wild expressions somewhat
incongruous in amongst the majestic suits of armour, this is the surviving
remnant of one of the oldest - and oddest - collections at the Tower. From
murky beginnings as the Horse Armoury it is part propaganda, part fantasy, and
the longest running visitor attraction in the world.
Royal Beasts return to the Tower, London's original zoo! See sculptures of the
lions, baboons, an elephant and even a polar bear; discover how they came to be
at the Tower and what became of them in a fascinating exhibit in the Brick
Tower. Hear the amazing tales of how the animals were fed, watered and housed
as well as various unfortunate incidents when the public got a little too
and Kings; The Royal Mint at the Tower
and kings; the Royal Mint at the Tower, originally located for over 500 years
an exhibit devoted to telling the history of the Mint at the Tower will open in
May 2013. Explore six key 'moments' including Isaac Newton's efforts to rid
London of counterfeiters when he was Warden of the Mint, learn of Edward I's
harsh punishmentsfor people who tampered with his coins, Elizabeth I's
restoration of the coinage following her father Henry VIII’s disastrous meddling,
and Charles II's rejection of Commonwealth money.
the secrets of one thousand years of royal gossip and intrigue with a
Beefeater, or to give them their proper title ‘Yeoman Warder'. This body of men
and one woman has guarded the fortress for centuries. Take one of their tours
and you'll be amazed and possibly appalled by tales that have been passed down
for generations. Pain and passion, treachery and torture, all delivered with
their inimitable style!
just a taster, there is much more in the Medieval Palace, Bloody Tower, on
Tower Green see the Ravens and walk along the ancient walls………
last Yeoman Warder tour starts at 2.30pm (winter), 3.30pm (summer).
London, Greater London EC3N 4AB
Underground: Tower Hill
Train Station: Fenchurch Street or London Bridge
Routes: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1
Tours act as an official agent for these activities, as such you are subject to
the terms and conditions of the supplier.
Pre Theater Two courses and a glass of wine for £22.75 per person.
Within a grand building in Theatreland, Wolfe’s Bar and Grill – Covent Garden is just 3 minutes’ walk from Holborn Tube Station. As well as chic, continental-style pavement dining, there is a relaxed and intimate ambience inside.
Showered with awards, landmark London restaurant The Cinnamon Club crafts sublime Indian haute cuisine. Sip on your arrival aperitif while soaking up this impressive Grade II-listed setting, and choose 3 courses of The Cinnamon Club’s acclaimed cuisine. Crafted with innovative culinary flair, enjoy dishes like Romney Marsh lamb saddle, or lemon tart with bergamot sorbet and zingy iced lemon mousse.
The eclectic Cinnamon Club dining room features lofty ceilings and a clean-cut bar area, while expansive bookshelves evoke a cosy, bohemian vibe. St James’s Park Tube Station is 5 minutes’ walk away.
Available lunch (12:00-14:45) & dinner Mon-Sat (dinner from 18:00-18:30 then from 21:00 onwards) until the 23rd September 2014, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu and subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service
A stunning Art Deco dining room within the 5-star Wellesley Hotel, The Oval Restaurant pays homage to Italian fine dining. A glass of Prosecco will complement your 3 luxurious courses, with recipes including homemade burrata ravioli with black truffle, or duck salad with aged balsamic and raspberry.
A fairy tale dining room filled with sparkly mirrors, a beautiful chandelier and swathes of pastel pink leather, this exclusive boutique hideaway houses just 28 diners. Blending the decadence of the 1920s with the warmth of traditional Italian dining, The Wellesley is found just 2 minutes’ walk from Knightsbridge Tube Station.
Available lunch & dinner Mon - Sun until the 15th August 2014, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu and subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service. Please note credit card details may be required by the restaurant.
A constant on London’s fine dining scene since opening in 1874, Criterion offers exquisite European cuisine in an opulent, dramatic setting. Indulge in a typically luxurious 3-course menu alongside your chilled champagne cocktail, with dishes including pork belly with potatoes and homemade slaw, or white chocolate mousse with poached rhubarb.
Widely regarded as one of London’s most spectacular dining rooms, this magical Grade II-listed building features stunning Neo-Byzantine design, with gilded ceilings, glittering mirrored panels and red velvet swirled throughout. Criterion Restaurant sits just next to Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.
Piet Mondrian is renowned as one of the most important contributors to the development of abstraction at the beginning of the 20th century, and his stunning and influential works are recognised by everyone from art lovers to students of architecture and graphic design. Taking visitors through Paris, London and eventually New York, the exhibition tracks Mondrian’s personal and aesthetic journey.
A major highlight of this new Tate Liverpool exhibition is the immersive life-size reconstruction of his Paris studio. Book online.
Meet Tate Britain with Geoffrey Munn
Tate Britain: Talks & Lectures Monday 14 July, 18.30 Book now
Antiques Roadshow expert Geoffrey Munn leads a tour of Tate Britain’s BP Walk Through British Art, looking at jewellery and floral decoration from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
Kenneth Clark: Women artists and the Second World War
Tate Britain: Talks & Lectures Sunday 29 June, 14.00 Book now
Join art historian Dr Alicia Foster as we explore the role of women artists, their contribution to the war effort, and the gendered power struggles that occurred and still occur.
Tate Modern, The Eyal Ofer Galleries Opens 16 July Pre-book now
Kazimir Malevich was a deeply radical and influential figure in modern art. This groundbreaking exhibition, the first major Malevich retrospective for almost 25 years, will offer an expansive view of his career in its entirety.
Architecture after Revolution
Tate Modern: Talks & Lectures Saturday 28 June, 14.00 Book now
A panel discussion reflecting on urgent architectural and political thought experiment: to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution, but from that of a continued struggle for decolonisation.