St Bride’s, Fleet Street

Church in The City

Printing presses fell silent on Fleet St in the 1980s, but St Bride's is still referred to as the 'journalists' church' and there's a moving chapel in the north aisle honouring journalists who've died in the course of their work. Designed by Christopher Wren in 1672, St Bride's was his tallest and most expensive church after St Paul's Cathedral. The spire, added in 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 – plus a section of Roman pavement from AD 180. Ninety-minute guided tours depart at 2.15pm on Tuesday.


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