The London Walking Tour immerses the visitor, for a brief 90 minutes, in the London of old... from the majestic St. Paul's Cathedral designed by the famous architect Christopher Wren, to the modest St. Anne's Lutheran Church, to the oldest still-standing church in London, St Bartholomew the Great, founded in 1123. Along the route you will learn how John Wesley, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, King Henry VIII, Thomas Cranmer and many others contributed to western civilization.
The original church on this site was founded in 604 AD after Pope Gregory sent St. Augustine to evangelize England. Since that time there have been five church structures here. The fourth was a huge Gothic Cathedral, much larger than the current church. This cathedral was designed by Christopher Wren after the Great London Fire destroyed that building.
St. Paul's Cathedral (above).
Paul's Cross, in the churchyard of St. Paul's Cathedral, is the traditional spot for general proclamations, both civil and religious.
The St. Anne's Lutheran church was also built by Christopher Wren following the great London Fire, for the German workers who helped rebuild the city.
St. Boltoph-without-Aldersgate is home base for the Christian Heritage London ministry. Many events, groups and Bible studies are hosted here.
At the London Museum we pause to read John Wesley's famous confession.
“John Welsey and his brother Charles had a tremendous impact on Christianity, both in England and in America.”
Peter Greyling, Tour Guide
Our normal opening times are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am - 4.30pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
On Tuesdays, St Botolph’s hosts The Aldersgate Talks, a bible teaching service designed to encourage and provoke sceptics and committed believers alike. They meet on Tuesdays at 1 for 1.10pm, with a buffet lunch provided. See this link for more details, or email email@example.com.
St. Bartholomew-the-Great - London's oldest church, built 1123 AD
Next we enter St. Bartholomew's, the oldest surviving church building in London, built in 1123. St. Barts has a rich history from the days of the English Monarchies. Recently it has been featured in both British and American movies and television.
St. Bartholomew Hospital is the oldest hospital in London, dating from about 1300.
Scottish Patriot Sir William Wallace was put to death here on August 23, 1305.
Our next stop is the church of St. Bartholomew the Less, founded in the same year as St. Bartholomew the Great, in 1123. It serves as the chapel for St. Bartholomew Hospital.
Our final stop is St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate, also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Holborn). It is most well known for the bells - tradition has it that the bells of St. Sepulchre rang to mark the execution of a prisoner at the nearby Newgate prison. The protestant preacher and Bible translator, John Rogers, martyred under Mary I of England, is buried here, as is John Smith, governor of Virginia and associate of Pocahontas, of Disney fame.
Our tours cost £8 per person. RESERVE YOUR TOUR NOW or call (UK) 020 3257 2004. Let us know the date and whether you prefer AM or PM, and how many people are in your group. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.
On permanent display at the Visitor Centre is The London Story: a display that describes the significance and achievements of Christians in London, and the importance of Christianity to the establishing of London.The London Story Booklet Click to Download File
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