Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Saint Paul’s Cathedral, a beautiful historical church among modern skyscrapers

  • If you ask about churches in London, you will see that the Westminster Abbey gets all the fame… But Saint Paul’s Cathedral deserves some attention too! This beautiful Anglican Cathedral is the actual seat of the Bishop of London, and is also a very important part of London’s skyline. It’s the second largest church in the United Kingdom after the Liverpool Cathedral, and it’s much more than just a church: there are underground crypts and galleries you can enjoy, and the High Altar is breath-taking. The wonderful view is completed by the Millennium bridge, a pedestrian steel suspension bridge that adds a modern touch to the picture.
  • If you book one of the apartments near Saint Paul’s Cathedral you will be in the City of London, better known as just the City. The City is a wonderful neighbourhood that is famous today for hosting most of the modern skyscrapers that conform London’s Skyline, like the 30 St Mary Axe, better known as The Gherkin. However, the skyscrapers have stolen the thunder from all the history that can be breathed in the surroundings of Saint Paul’s Cathedral: The City is one of the oldest parts of London, and has lived through historical incidents such as the Great Fire of London, in 1666. In fact, the City of London is what the Romans called Londinium in their times!
  • Saint Paul Cathedral is not in a big shopping area, but it’s very close to a shopping centre called One New Change, where you will find plenty of fashion stores for all kinds of pockets: From H&M to Hugo Boss, including COS, Topshop & Accessorize, among many others. There you will also find useful lifestyle stores such as Boots. Besides, as in any shopping centre, in One New Change you will find different kinds of bars and restaurants to grab a bite if you get hungry! One New Change has also a roof with a wonderful view of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, so going to a shopping centre might be for once a good option for sightseeing!
    Besides this, after a nice 30-minute walk east of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, you will find the Old Spitalfields Market, where you will find wonderful fashion stores with unique designers pieces – if you’re tired of seeing that beautiful H&M dress on everybody else, this is the place to go.
    If you want to buy a souvenir from Saint Paul’s Cathedral itself, it has a wonderful gift shop where you will be able to choose from all sorts of options, from books & CDs to mugs, watches & jewellery.
  • From your apartment near Saint Paul’s Cathedral you will be able to get basically anywhere! Taking Saint Paul’s Cathedral as a reference, you will be at walking distance from several train and Tube stations. Right next to the cathedral you will find Saint Paul’s Tube station (Central Line); north, passing by the Museum of London, you will find Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines); to the south, Mansion House (Circle and District lines). To the east, you will find the Docklands Light Railway, and to the west, the City Thameslink train station.
    Besides, don’t forget that you are very close to the river, which means you can also get a riverboat to sale the waters of the river Thames and see all the wonderful monuments lined up near its sides. Tower Pier is the nearest river access. If you decide to walk instead, you can just follow the river and you’ll pass by wonderful monuments.
  • If you’re staying in one of our apartments near Saint Paul’s Cathedral, you will have plenty of sightseeing options. Of course, the main monument to visit in the area is Saint Paul’s Cathedral itself. Individual tickets cost from 16 to 19 pounds, but there are discounts for children and groups and special tickets for families, in case you’re travelling with your loved ones. Right to the east you will find the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge , two must-sees of the capital of England. The Tower of London is a great and beautiful fortress with a very interesting history, since it served as a prison for centuries – besides, they offer activities to do with children, so they can have fun as well. And about the Tower Bridge, well, what else can we say about such an amazing image, worthy of a postcard? Crossing it is something you must do at least once in your life – you will feel like the protagonist of a movie!
    If you have enough monuments with Saint Paul’s Cathedral and you prefer to do something different, you have many other options in the area. Before arriving to the Tower of London and the London Bridge, you will be able to admire the wonderful architecture of the City . You can also cross the river through the Millennium Bridge, which offers a wonderful view of the cathedral from the other side, combining the magnificence of the ancient building with the modernity of the bridge. After crossing it, you will find Shakespeare’s Globe, a reconstruction of the Globe’s Theatre, a playhouse built by Shakespeare’s playing company. The original one was destroyed by fire in 1613, and the reconstruction is still a beautiful and magical place to visit. At the other side of the river, past Saint Paul’s Cathedral, you will find the Museum of London, where you will be able to learn about the amazing story of the city of London.
  • Did Saint Paul’s Cathedral make you hungry? Don’t worry, because there are plenty of wonderful places that offer yummy food! Le Pain Quotidien is a nice French café that offers organic food from all kinds, from sweet to savoury. You’ll also be able to enjoy plenty of healthy options. If you want something more traditional, you can try The Billingsgate Porter, a great place to try the very British fish & chips, if you haven’t yet! And if Saint Paul’s Cathedral made you very hungry, is there something better than a burger? The Gourmet Burger Kitchen will surely satisfy your needs.
    If you book one of the apartments near Saint Paul’s Cathedral, you will also find other kinds of cuisine, like Japanese food or pizza. There are options for all tastes!
  • If you book one of the apartments near Saint Paul’s Cathedral, you don’t need to worry about finding something to do during the night, even if you’re not right at the centre of the city. There are plenty of bars and pubs that deserve a visit! A little bit north of Saint Paul’s Tube station you will find Lord Raglan, a wonderful traditional English Pub where you can eat & drink. Right next to the Tube’s station you will find the Paternoster, a less traditional pub with a great atmosphere – and a great menu! And a bit further south, you will find two other great pubs to enjoy the nightlife near Saint Paul’s Cathedral, The Cockpit and the Centre Page.


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