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St Paul

The great Inigo Jones designed this Italianate masterpiece, completed in 1663.

Covent Garden, Greater London

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.
Saturday opening times are dependent on events.
Open Sundays 9am to 1pm (or until 5pm when there is Evensong).


Bedford Street
Covent Garden
Greater London

People often ask why the huge east door onto the piazza doesn't open. It was originally intended to be the main entrance, but tradition demanded that the altar be placed at the east end. So the portico door is actually a fake and the church is entered from a little graveyard off Bedford Street.

Among those buried at the church are Grinling Gibbons (Master Carver of the late 17th/early 18th century) and the pulpit is said to be his work. Also buried here is Margaret Ponteous, the first known victim of the Great Plague.

St Paul's is widely known as the Actors' Church and has been associated with local theatres since it was built. Memorials in the church are dedicated to many famous actors, including Charlie Chaplin and Noel Coward.

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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