All Hallows by the Tower

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All Hallows by the Tower information

London , England
Byward St
Getting there
Tube: Tower Hill
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Opening hours
8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-1pm Sun
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A church by this name (meaning 'all saints') has stood here since AD 675. Despite its proximity to the spot where the Great Fire started (Samuel Pepys watched the blaze from the brick tower), All Hallows survived virtually unscathed, only to be hit by German bombs in 1940.

In the atmospheric Saxon undercroft (crypt) you’ll find a pavement of 2nd-century Roman tiles and walls of the 7th-century Saxon church. In the nave note the pulpit taken from a Wren church on Cannon St destroyed in WWII and the beautiful 17th-century font cover decorated by the master woodcarver Grinling Gibbons. The church has a strong American connection: William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, was baptised here in 1644, and John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the USA, was married here in 1797. Free 20-minute tours depart daily at 2pm from April to October.