St Paul's Cathedral, London
St Paul's Cathedral
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. Since the first service was held here in 1697, Wren's masterpiece has been where people and events of overwhelming importance to the country have been celebrated, mourned and commemorated. Important services have included the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the launch of the Festival of Britain; the Service of Remembrance and Commemoration for the 11th September 2001: the 80th and 100th birthdays of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. Over the centuries, St Paul’s has changed to reflect shifting tastes and attitudes. Decoration has been added and removed, services have been updated, and different areas have been put to new uses. Today, the history of the nation is written in the carved stone of its pillars and arches and is celebrated in its works of art and monuments.
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St Paul's Cathedral
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Many people access St Paul's via the Millennium Bridge from the South Bank, which offers stunning views of the south side of the Cathedral from the river.
Visitors to St Paul's are advised to arrive by public transport whenever possible. There is a public car park on Queen Victoria Street to the south of the Cathedral. On-street parking is very restricted around the Cathedral itself, but there is limited parking in the Cathedral's coach park for cars displaying a disabled badge.
The major local over-ground stations are London Bridge (20 minute walk), Cannon Street (8 minute walk), and Blackfriars (5 minute walk). By underground The nearest Underground station is St Paul's on the Central Line (2 minute walk). Mansion House and Cannon Street stations on the District and Circle Lines are also within walking distance. Central line trains run every four minutes on weekdays and every six minutes at weekends.
Coach parking is available on the south side of the Cathedral
Directly outside the Cathedral you can catch the following buses:
No.4 to Waterloo or Archway
No.11 to Liverpool Street or Fulham Broadway
No.15 to Paddington or Eastham No.23 to Liverpool Street or Ladbroke Grove
No.26 to Elephant and Castle or Shadwell From Newgate Street you can catch the following buses:
No.242 to Tottenham Court Road to Homerton Hospital
No. 25 Oxford Circus or Ilford
Free bicycle parking is provided in designated places on streets throughout the City. To view a list of free bicycle parking spaces please click here.
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