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City in Spires - A Walking Tour of Wren Churches: Wednesdays

After the Great Fire of London, Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) rebuilt 51 churches. On this guided tour, led by an expert City of London of Guide, you’ll see several of his finest places of worship. Judge for yourself which is the finest!

Among the Wren churches you’ll see on this walk are:

  • His masterpiece: St Paul’s Cathedral (note: we won’t be going in but why not visit it before or after the walk?)
  • St Nicholas Cole Abbey, with its distinctive galleon weathervane and excellent cafe
  • The spires of St Vedast Foster Lane and Christ Church Newgate Street
  • St Mary-le-Bow, where you’ll learn about the origins of a London cockney and a strong connection to the United States
  • St Mary Aldermary, an unusual gothic-style church with a stunning plasterwork ceiling
  • St James Garlickhythe, known as ‘Wren’s Lantern’
  • St Michael Paternoster Royal, associated with Dick Whittington
  • St Stephen Walbook, with its impressive dome and stunning Henry Moore font

The walk ends near Bank Station and lasts a little under 2 hours

Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick 

Nearly all the regular walks and tours offered on this website are just turn up and pay. For these walks no advanced booking is possible. There are only two tours that need to be booked in advance (Smithfield Market walks and Guildhall tours) because of restricted numbers.

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