St Paul’s Church

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

The Earl of Bedford, the man who had commissioned Inigo Jones to design Convent Garden piazza, asked for the simplest possible church, basically no more than a barn. The architect responded by producing ‘the handsomest barn in England’. It has long been regarded as the actors’ church for its associations with the theatre, and contains memorials to the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Vivien Leigh. The first Punch and Judy show took place in front of it in 1662.