St George’s Bloomsbury

Church in The West End

One of a half-dozen designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, this superbly restored church (1730) is distinguished by its classical portico of Corinthian capitals and a steeple (visible in William Hogarth's satirical painting Gin Lane) inspired by the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (now Bodrum in Turkey). The statue atop the steeple is of King George I in Roman dress, while lions and unicorns scamper about its base.

Phone ahead, as the church relies on volunteers and may not be open. Guided tours of the church (£5) also should be booked ahead.


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