St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church)

St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church)

St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church)
4.5
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Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 3 min walk
  • Leicester Square • 5 min walk
Reach out directly
See what travellers are saying
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,316 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Theatre in a Church!
    It is also known as theatre church or actors church because it has had a lengthy association with the theatre workers and actors of this area. The 14th Earl of Bedford commissioned Indio Jones in 1631 to build this church, its square, four streets and several mansions. It was completed in 1633 and consecrated and dedicated to St. Paul in 1638. This Church was severely damaged by the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is a historic church because famous people like the painter Turner and the composer Thomas Arne were baptised here. Renowned people like Samuel Butler and Ginling Gibbons the woodcarver are buried here. The first plague victim of London Margaret Petra’s was also interred in its churchyard in 1665. You can see some amazing dedication inside this church to some famous actors like Charlie Chaplin and Vivian Leigh. You can see some great performances by the in-house professional company called Iris Theatre. They produce classics and concerts which you can see between the morning service and the evensong throughout the year.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • PhoebeNJ
    Australia5,958 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Musicals by Candlelight
    Had a wonderful evening being entertained by this marvellous string quartet. They played quite a range of songs from musicals throughout the decades. From contemporary Hamilton to old faves like Chicago and Les Mis. Great setting just at Covent Garden.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Treorchy Male Choir
    Treorchy, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic place to sing!
    We at Treorchy Male Choir were honoured to perform here on the 16th of September, 2023. We were very kindly invited by the family of the late Ruth Madoc, as our choir has much history with her. it is a beautiful church with some fantastic history behind it. It was a privilege for us all to sing here.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 7 October 2023
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FIL M
London, UK551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We attending a classical music concert showcasing Timeless Sonatas. It was a truly magical evening in a beautiful setting.
Written 29 April 2024
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JakeMastiff
Liverpool, UK43 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Was in Covent garden and popped into St Pauls church with my wife to light a candle for my wifes mother and father who have passed away. To be met by a really unpleasant individual stating that its not tourist day, but prayer day - I explained my wife is attending to say a prayer. We entered and lit a candle my wife saying a prayer, we they walked out of the church after no more than 10 minutes reading the plaques to actors etc as we walked out - when exiting the same arrogant vile individual said I told you its not tourist day and then had the Gaul to ask for a donation - i told him I only make donations on tourist day - what a nasty individual who was representing the church was - no wonder the church is in serious demise and decline with these type of unwelcoming obnoxious individuals representing them. What a really unpleasant guy he was. If you are thinking of popping in don't bother. Of all the churches we have visit across the world this is the most unwelcoming we have ever experienced. One day no one will bother visiting these type of stuffy pretentious types of church - and maybe then this individual will be satisfied
Written 14 April 2024
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susanmarieshepherd
London, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
First time attending musicals by candlelight concert, chose event at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden Friday 15th March 2024, greeted by friendly staff who directed us to our seating area, no seats numbers allocated, seats on a first come basis, recommend arrive when church doors open, the church a fantastic setting , the Icon string quartet amazing , thoroughly enjoyed the hour long concert , highly recommend
Written 16 March 2024
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BBBBTravel
Lehigh Valley, PA1,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Heard beautiful string quartet “Icon” play show music by candlelight. Prosecco and moving location. Extraordinary experience. Highly recommend
Written 9 March 2024
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Journey789711
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The show was fantastic and the music was amazing.

Unfortunately the evening was spolied by very poor management of the event.
When I arrived I went to get my Prosecco (pre purchased) only to be told they had run out, I settled for a glass of wine instead.
At the end of the concert we were told the toilets were closed and that we would have to use a toilet in one of the Pubs in Covent Garden. The staff were very unhelpful.
You cannot have an event that serves drink and then not allow people access to toilets. It was not easy to find a pub with an open toilet and why should another establishment have to accommodate our toilet needs.

A lovely evening spoiled by very poor customer service.
Written 28 January 2024
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Treorchy Male Choir
Treorchy, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Business
We at Treorchy Male Choir were honoured to perform here on the 16th of September, 2023. We were very kindly invited by the family of the late Ruth Madoc, as our choir has much history with her. it is a beautiful church with some fantastic history behind it. It was a privilege for us all to sing here.
Written 7 October 2023
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PhoebeNJ
Australia5,958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Had a wonderful evening being entertained by this marvellous string quartet. They played quite a range of songs from musicals throughout the decades. From contemporary Hamilton to old faves like Chicago and Les Mis.

Great setting just at Covent Garden.
Written 8 July 2023
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
It is also known as theatre church or actors church because it has had a lengthy association with the theatre workers and actors of this area. The 14th Earl of Bedford commissioned Indio Jones in 1631 to build this church, its square, four streets and several mansions. It was completed in 1633 and consecrated and dedicated to St. Paul in 1638. This Church was severely damaged by the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is a historic church because famous people like the painter Turner and the composer Thomas Arne were baptised here. Renowned people like Samuel Butler and Ginling Gibbons the woodcarver are buried here. The first plague victim of London Margaret Petra’s was also interred in its churchyard in 1665. You can see some amazing dedication inside this church to some famous actors like Charlie Chaplin and Vivian Leigh. You can see some great performances by the in-house professional company called Iris Theatre. They produce classics and concerts which you can see between the morning service and the evensong throughout the year.
Written 8 July 2023
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,631 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a Church of England (Episcopal) and is located near to the heart of Maiden Lane. Unfortunately, this was an architectural visit for us as it was not open. The grounds are attractive and the red brick very well cared for. The black iron gates do close the property off when it is closed.
Written 30 January 2023
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Brian T
London, UK8,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
This is a worthwhile house of worship to visit if you are exploring Covent Garden in London.

It’s quite an old church, completed in 1633, and its design is credited to renowned British architect Inigo Jones. Its design reflects the form of a Roman temple. It appears that the front of the church faces Covent Garden’s Piazza, but the church’s altar lies behind this porticoed facade. The front of the church is at the other end of the building, overlooking a pretty and peaceful garden and facing Bedford Street. However, you can access the church and gardens via two pedimented gateways either side of the portico facing the Piazza. The front entrance of the church is quite simple and unremarkable; it is faced in red brick, unlike the pale stone facing of the Piazza aspect of the church.

The church is very elegant inside, quite understated, and much less ornate than other churches in London built around the same time. Its beauty lies in its simplicity. You will notice the absence of columns inside the church. It was peaceful, and conducive to sitting awhile.

Because it faces the Piazza in Covent Garden, St Paul’s Church is recognised as the backdrop to some of Covent Garden’s many street performers, where crowds gather to see a variety of entertaining acts. It’s fitting in some respects, as the church has the nickname as the Actor’s Church. That association began with the opening of nearby Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1663, and then strengthened with the opening of what is now the Royal Opera House. The church also now even has its own in-house professional theatre company, Iris Theatre.

During the day, the church gardens are a great oasis of calm away from the crowds of Covent Garden. They are nicely manicured, and there is plenty of seating if the weather is agreeable.

Covent Garden Underground Station is the closest tube station to the church. There are entrances on the Piazza, Bedford Street, King Street and Henrietta Street. There are four steps up to the entrance door, though access for those requiring assistance is provided.
Written 6 November 2022
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