St Bartholomew-the-Great

sights / Religious

St Bartholomew-the-Great information

London , England
West Smithfield
+44 20 7606 5171
Getting there
Tube: Farringdon, 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 half-timbered 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. William Hogarth was baptised here and the young American statesman Benjamin Franklin worked in the yard as an apprentice printer. The church has been used as a setting for many films and TV productions, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love , Sherlock Holmes and a very funny mobile-phone advertisement satirising the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. The Cloister Cafe is great for a meal or snack.