St. Dunstan In The East
St. Dunstan In The East
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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
  • Monument • 4 min walk
  • Tower Hill • 6 min walk
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  • Samanthkc
    London, United Kingdom384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely spot to just stop and reflect -peaceful and calm
    Just a short walk from the memorial to the Great Fire of London and pudding lane lies this small spot of peace and calm , a place for mindfulness and reflection The ruins have a history . A church has sat on this site for hundreds of years . Destroyed in the Great Fire it was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren - he who designed St Paul’s and so many other buildings . That stood for hundreds of years until the church was bombed by the Luftwaffe . Only these ruins and the tower of the original church remain Gardens now Flourish weaving their way through the ruins - new life springing from old . The gardens are beautifully maintained
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Dawn N
    Navarre, Florida175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bink and you'd miss it...
    Such beauty in all the chaos of the city. With its' history and resilience, you can't but help appreciate the beauty of this place. You are experiencing something truly wonderful when you visit this small sliver of heaven among the busy city. Well worth the stop.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Ben White
    Northampton, United Kingdom2,943 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    ‘A big downside was that it was unbelievably busy, I was actually quite surprised.’
    We visited this beautiful oasis on a recent trip to London and it’s tucked away from the beaten path and only a short walk from Tower Bridge & Monument. The ruins are quite amazing to see especially as it’s nestled amongst a huge capital city. A big downside was that it was unbelievably busy, I was actually quite surprised. There’s a lot of people who are trying to snap Instagram worthy pictures and people with professional cameras and outfit changes. It was tad off putting when you just want to visit the stunning site. Overall, a spectacular site to see when in London but prepared to be surrounded my people and wannabe models.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Amelia C
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    Beautiful little spot, we sat and had our lunch here and walked around the whole grounds. Though small, the building is fascinating and very well looked after! Beautiful trees and flowers inside and out, and is amazing in summer. Would definitely recommend paying a visit to this hidden gem.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • K'Elle Thor
    San Diego, California53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Garden Retreat
    Absolutely breathtaking. It just fills me with wonder that just around the corner in a major metropolitan city, has a hidden gem of this garden built out of a church ruin. People where there reading, sketching and eating lunch. It was a very peaceful place to visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 October 2023
  • nowpacking
    Dallas, Texas3,233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Idyllic Retreat
    Step inside a sanctuary in the middle of London! If you love architecture, history and the intrigue of abbeys still standing but as ruins then St Dunstan’s is for you! Located between London Bridge and the Tower of London, Christopher Wren (of St Paul fame) was one of the architects. The church has stood on this ground since 1100, it was severely damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Although the church was rebuilt and repaired throughout the years, it was severely damaged again during the Blitz in 1941. It was never rebuilt after World War II and was turned into a garden in 1971. What remains is peaceful, tranquil and a testament to time. Gorgeous architecture remains as a backdrop to the foliage, flowers and trees.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Stacey Mina
    London, United Kingdom120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A piece of London's History
    If you're looking for hidden gems in London, then this is a must visit. This historic church gives you the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of London and into a quiet, tranquil atmosphere. One where history stands still. Definitely worth the visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Comhairle
    35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely location for a rest on a bench!
    This was a beautiful place to sit and eat on a bench. There isn't much to "see" if you were to travel here specially, but it is near the Tower of London and is a nice, relaxing place to sit and have some downtime. There was one photoshoot going on while we were there, but it didn't intrude on our time there in any way. The scenery is just lovely, and it is calm there too. Recommended if you are nearby anyway, and want somewhere to sit for a little break.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 April 2024
  • Dave Smith
    London, United Kingdom227 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An oasis of calm in a busy city.
    Just a short walk from ‘The Monument’ and around the corner from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, this is a lovely oasis of calm in a busy city.. apart from the tour groups and noise from nearby construction work. Great place to sit and have a rest, eat your lunch etc. not a must do, but if you’re in the area it’s worth a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2024
  • accidentaltrvlr
    56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to take photos and to get a sense of history -- but You May Need to Be Patient
    Good place to take photos and to get a sense of history. Not very large area at all. You will likely see influencers and/or amateur models have the pictures taken there, which can be a little annoying because they may occupy one prime photo spot for 30 minutes or longer.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
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marbenPa
PA141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
St Dunstan's is a lesser known attraction, but worth a visit as it provides a little quiet from a busy London day. Bring a cup of coffee or tea and use the visit to relax and enjoy the beauty
Written 18 June 2024
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Bambi H Author
Sandwich, IL73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
So beautiful, photogenic, free, just a lovely secret hideaway, a park you might easily miss if you weren't looking for it. Tranquil and beautiful.
Written 11 June 2024
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accidentaltrvlr
Southern California56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Good place to take photos and to get a sense of history. Not very large area at all. You will likely see influencers and/or amateur models have the pictures taken there, which can be a little annoying because they may occupy one prime photo spot for 30 minutes or longer.
Written 21 May 2024
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Dave Smith
London, UK227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Just a short walk from ‘The Monument’ and around the corner from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, this is a lovely oasis of calm in a busy city.. apart from the tour groups and noise from nearby construction work. Great place to sit and have a rest, eat your lunch etc. not a must do, but if you’re in the area it’s worth a visit.
Written 28 April 2024
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Comhairle
Ireland35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was a beautiful place to sit and eat on a bench. There isn't much to "see" if you were to travel here specially, but it is near the Tower of London and is a nice, relaxing place to sit and have some downtime. There was one photoshoot going on while we were there, but it didn't intrude on our time there in any way. The scenery is just lovely, and it is calm there too. Recommended if you are nearby anyway, and want somewhere to sit for a little break.
Written 18 April 2024
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Rob
London, UK762 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
What’s left of the cathedral is beautiful and interesting but it is a small area and doesn’t take long at all to see but it’s a nice place to sit and relax.
Written 15 April 2024
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937liz
Richmond, New Zealand357 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Worth the slight detour or include this in your walking route. Pretty and lots there having lunch - nice surprise amongst the crowds and big buildings and free!
Written 15 April 2024
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Hong Kong, China5,750 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It took me all of three minutes to explore this ruin/park and I left feeling very unimpressed. There’s just not much here to see! I know it’s free and I know the history but I didn’t feel it was worth the time for a visit really.
Written 24 December 2023
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143gunterp
Flanders, Belgium4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
hidden gem in the middle of modern part of London. old church gives a peacefully feeling in a modern world.
Written 26 November 2023
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Stacey Mina
London, UK120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
If you're looking for hidden gems in London, then this is a must visit. This historic church gives you the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of London and into a quiet, tranquil atmosphere. One where history stands still. Definitely worth the visit!
Written 30 October 2023
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