St. Stephen Walbrook
St. Stephen Walbrook
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
St Stephen Walbrook: A place of celebration St Stephen Walbrook Church, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, has been described as one of the ten most important buildings in England. The main space is crowned by the first dome to be built in the UK (it predates St Paul’s Cathedral). The interior, which was substantially reordered in the 1980s is focussed around a central stone altar, carved by Henry Moore in travertine marble which stands on a beautiful white marble floor surrounded by Circular pews which are removable. Below the church is a small crypt with brick arches which was the birthplace of The Samaritans, the world’s first telephone helpline. The ministry of the church continues to focus on wellbeing and mental health today. Located by Bank Station St Stephen Walbrook is a hidden gem within the city of London.
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Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Bank • 2 min walk
  • Bank • 2 min walk
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rosco2
London, UK347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
By chance we went into this noted Wren church as we were going to visit the Mithraeum. Our visit coincided with a quartet singing and it’s fair to say the acoustics from 4 singers seated under the dome was stunning. Truly beautiful - thank you.

We did not do a tour.
Written 14 March 2024
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Vartan A
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This tour was one of the best we experienced while visiting in London this trip and one of the best I have ever experienced while traveling. The tour guide was friendly and affable, thoroughly knowledgeable, and he provided a detailed and fact-filled presentation. We were welcomed by the administration of the church building with warm smiles and sincerity; we simply couldn't have asked for a better experience. Anyone interested in London history, exquisite interior spaces and the architecture of Sir Christopher Wren is recommended to take this outstanding tour. Don't miss out!

(We scheduled this tour in the morning first thing and then went on to tour Saint Paul's Cathedral where we were able to apply all that we had learned in the earlier tour to what we were experiencing at Saint Paul's. Readers of this review are encouraged by the reviewer to pursue the tours of these two historic sites in the same manner, in the same order.)
Written 23 January 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,047 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Located between Bank and Cannon Street stations it is easy to miss St Stephen's church. It is close to the Starbucks and if it was not for the fact it is an old building you would miss it.

If you like old churches then you should probably hunt down this hidden gem.
Written 6 August 2023
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Margaret F
Ealing, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Canova was right this is an exquisite Christopher Wren creation - bright, filled with light and also sports a modern altar designed by Henry Moore. Often filled with music and song.. Chad Varah's legacy lives on. A lovely place to sit and enjoy one of the best Wren interiors anywhere!
Written 15 July 2023
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thursowick
Knoxville, TN138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
What a beautiful church. I went to see the memorial for Renaissance composer John Dunstable and also to see one of the lunchtime recitals. Great venue.
Written 7 June 2023
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CLB1968
Merseyside, UK215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Walked past this before, popped in and was amazed. It really is stunning inside. i've just realised they have a recital every Tuesday at 1pm, and they have jazz and all sorts going on. Next time I'm in London I'll be going back. The organist was practising when I was there, very friendly and welcoming.
Written 18 January 2023
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Owenthomas
Berthoud, CO968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Christopher Wren designed after the earlier church burned in the Great Fire of London. The first church was built over the The Temple of Mithras and moved across the street to its present location in 1430. It is a domed church and listed as one of the ten best churches in London.
Written 2 November 2021
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Louise V
London, UK171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I came here for a gorgeous Christmas carol concert, and it ahs to be said that photos just do not show well enough the beauty and feel of its interior. The church is truly stunning inside, yet without ostentation, it is a small building yet in no way feels cramped. The quality of the singing at the concert was wonderful and I felt truly lucky to have been there, it's a hidden gem!
Written 23 February 2020
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Escape716563
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My Old School extendd the Invitation to all Old Boys to attend the inaugrial Christmas Carol Service in 2018 and, afterwards, mulled wine and hot mince pies!
The same service was again held this year, 2019.

St.Stephen Walbrook is the MOST beautiful church one could possibly imagine. It is well-worth visiting in its own right, if one finds oneself in London.
The congregation sit in concentric circles around the central Altar which, l believe, weighs one ton of solid marble, St.Stephen Walbrook is steeped in history and is one of three in the area to have escaped the Great Fire of London. Close to the Mansion House, this is very much in the Financial District of "The Square Mile".

W.G.
Written 30 December 2019
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Bob M
Torrance, CA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A street view of St. Stephen Walbrook church gives no clue about the remarkable beauty and serenity to be found within. After seeing it described in architectural books, we planned a visit -- and were enchanted. Photos simply don't convey the look and feel of its splendid interior. It is lovely without ostentation, intimate without feeling cramped, and neither glaringly bright nor gloomy inside. After our usual stroll around the church, I felt compelled to sit for quite some time, just to absorb and appreciate its quiet beauty. While my interest is architectural rather than theological, it is truly a setting that encourages reflection. If you're a fan of beautiful spaces and find yourself in London, an hour spent at St. Stephen Walbrook could be a highlight of your stay. It certainly was for me, and I look forward to my next visit.
Written 17 December 2019
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