St Bartholomew-the-Great

sights / Religious

St Bartholomew-the-Great information

London , United Kingdom
West Smithfield
Getting there
Tube: Farringdon or Barbican
More information
adult/concession £4/3.50
Opening hours
8.30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10.30am-4pm Sat, 8.30am-8pm Sun
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Dating to 1123 and adjoining one of London's oldest hospitals, St Bartholomew-the-Great is worth more than a fleeting visit. The authentic Norman arches and other details lend this holy space an ancient calm; approaching from nearby Smithfield Market through the restored 13th-century archway is like walking back in time.

The church was originally part of the monastery of Augustinian Canons, but became the parish church of Smithfield in 1539 when King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries. It sits on the corner of the grounds of St Bart’s Hospital, on the side closest to Smithfield Market. William Hogarth was baptised here and the American statesman Benjamin Franklin worked on-site in his youth as an apprentice printer. The church has been used as the setting for many films and TV productions, including Four Weddings and a Funeral , Shakespeare in Love , Sherlock Holmes and that hysterical T-Mobile advertisement satirising the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. The Cloister Cafe is great for a meal or snack.