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St. Mary-le-Bow

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Address: Cheapside, London EC2, England
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This church, designed by Christopher Wren and also known as Bow Church, is...

This church, designed by Christopher Wren and also known as Bow Church, is truly significant: anyone who is born within the sound of its bells is considered a "true" Londoner, or Cockney.

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Walking down Cheapside at night rhe church spire stands out against the new office builds. Such a historic church left between all the modern structures. Believe it is a Wren... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This church was rebuilt after the great fire of London in 1667 by Sir Christopher Wren and is 100 metres from St. Paul's cathedral and the tube station. If you are born within earshot of the church bells then you are a true cockney. Also to note is that this church was almost completely destroyed in 1941 and was rebuilt... More 

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Not far from the more famous St Paul's Cathedral a trip down Cheapside Street lay St. Mary-le-Bow. The exterior is clean and fresh and you would be forgiven if you just walked on past. When you enter the foyer you really do not know quite what to expect and it looks like many other churches but once you enter the... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Everything I mention in my previous review is still apposite. I was able to pay another visit recently to this lovely spiritual retreat on Cheapside the morning after shocking happenings in Nice and there were already printed notices both inside and outside the church inviting people to come in and pray for victims of that and other such 'happenings'. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Walking down Cheapside at night rhe church spire stands out against the new office builds. Such a historic church left between all the modern structures. Believe it is a Wren church and where the famouse great bell of Bow rings that creates all cockney's.

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East Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Historic and beautiful and melodic. Being born within the sound of the bells used to mean you were a Londoner.

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Just by chance I came over St. Mary- Le- Bow church. It's really quaint from outside and a treasure within. Not many churches nowadays have wifi but I picked it up in here. Light a candle in memory of that special missed person. When I was there, there was an organ recital very moving and beautiful. I was lucky to... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

No visit to the City of London is complete without a visit to one its most famous churches: St Mary-le-Bow. This historic church was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London by Sir Christopher Wren; then restored in 1964 after most of the building was destroyed by a bomb in 1941. A church has existed on this site since Saxon... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

Do pop in if this is open when you walk by. Good displays on the history of this famous church where the bells sounded the curfew at 9pm for hundreds of years. Interestingly the 9pm bell was also the signal for the city's apprentices to stop work, seems a shame it doesn't still! Didn't get to the restaurant but will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

I had originally discovered this church in September by way of the restaurant in the crypt below (The Cafe Below), but the church proper was locked at this time. This was a return visit to get into the church while it was open, and the return visit was well worth the trip. It is in the shadows of St Paul's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

A real part of London history. This is where the original 'Bow bells' ring out from, being born within the sound of Bow bells makes you a real cockney. Weren't able to go in as it was closed, but it is impressive just from the outside. I will make a point of visiiting when it is open.

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