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Christ Church Spitalfields

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Address: Christ Church Commercial Street | Spitalfields, London E1 6LY, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7377 2440
13:00 - 04:00
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Sun 13:00 - 04:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 04:00

Christ Church, Spitalfields is an Anglican parish church standing at a very...

Christ Church, Spitalfields is an Anglican parish church standing at a very strategic location between the City of London and the East End. Its congregations are drawn largely from those who live or work locally. The Church has a heart for social outreach and works with link charities and local organisations as well as delivering its own programmes.The iconic Grade I listed building has significant heritage credentials and draws thousands of tourists and visitors every year. Built under the Act of Parliament of 1711 which required the building of fifty new churches to serve the new populations on the fringes of London, Christ Church Spitalfields was one of only 12 actually built and architect Nicholas Hawksmoor's largest and grandest. The building was saved from demolition and has been restored through generous financial support from public and private funds. Its restoration has revealed it to be one of the outstanding monuments of English Baroque architecture and Hawksmoor's masterpiece.

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Worth the effort, an eccentric designer

Nicholas hawksmoor protege of Sir Christopher Wren built 6 churches as a result of a parliamentary act In 1711. This act of parliament required the building of 50 new churches... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nicholas hawksmoor protege of Sir Christopher Wren built 6 churches as a result of a parliamentary act In 1711. This act of parliament required the building of 50 new churches in London. This is the first and arguably the " best" of the 6. An anglican church on commercial street facing the city of London. You can take the tube... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I was also there on Friday 13th with my wife who was carrying out some research in the area. The Crypt Coffee shop is a great find warm and comfortable with clean toilets. I do have to agree the conversation was a bit restricted when being served, but otherwise fine interesting place to visit

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

I used to go here around 3 times a week for an afternoon coffee with a colleague. Great service generally if a little slow. Today on Friday 13th (coincidence?!) i was served by a lady behind the counter who said one sentence during the whole coffee transaction. Which was 'here you go' when the coffees were ready, no greeting, no... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Christ Church was built n the early Eighteenth Century, under a scheme instigated by Queen Anne in 1711 to build Fifty new churches in London to bring religion to the Godless masses. The Hawksmoor church has an impressive exterior, which even in the more built up London of today still stands out, it would have made an even more fine... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is a beautifully restored church - difficult to believe that it was in a shambles in the '60s. The pipe organ is amazing - over 2000 pipes, it was the largest pipe organ in the UK for over 100 years. The cafe below is very cute. Despite being in the crypt below, it is bright and cheery and offers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Just popped in for tea in the crupt whilst awaiting my son. Found the cafe a peaceful place with a great pot of tea and delicious cake. It was nice to sit and reflect where possibly, my Hugenout ancestors may have walked.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you are in the Spitalfields area, be sure to include a visit to this church. It is a building that stands out in the area and the inside is fantastic. It has been completely renovated and you simply have to see it. There is a cafe in the crypt and is the ideal place to spend some time and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This is something you can't miss if you are walking around Spitalfields visiting the market or touring the neighborhood. The large imposing church (when compared to the rest of the surrounding neighborhood) is carefully restored and inviting. Visitors are also invited to take all the photos they want and there is also a garden that's open to the public. (it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Work by hawksmoor in the east end. The surrounding streets have real character and the place is devoid of tourists which is great.it is also devoid of a large congregation together with the removal of the pews,does change the character somewhat.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We wandered into this church on our way to the Tube station after visiting Old Spitalfields Market. The docent was very welcoming, telling us a bit about the history of the church and its organ, which was reportedly played by Handel. Unlike some other churches, we were encouraged to take photos as we wandered through the church. Lovely stained glass.

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