St Bride’s, Fleet Street

sights / Religious

St Bride’s, Fleet Street information

London , United Kingdom
Street Bride Lane
Extras EC4
+44 20 7427 0133
Getting there
tube St Paul’s, Blackfriars
More information
donation requested £2
Opening hours
8am-6pm Mon-Fri, hrs vary Sat, 10am-6.30pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Printing presses fell silent on Fleet St in the 1980s, but St Bride's, designed by Christopher Wren in 1671 and his tallest (and most expensive) church after St Paul's, is still referred to as 'the journalists' church'. There's quite a moving chapel in the north aisle honouring journalists who have died or been injured in the course of their work.

The add-on spire (1703) is said to have inspired the design of the tiered wedding cake. The church was hit by bombs in December 1940, and the interior layout is wood-panelled, modern and not particularly attractive.

In the 11th-century crypt, however, there’s a well-presented history of the church, its surrounding areas and the printing industry; don't miss the Roman pavement from the 2nd century AD. Guided tours (£6), which allow access to the charnel house, depart at 3pm on Tuesdays on selected dates (check the website for details).