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“A serene retreat in the middle of London”

St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church)
Ranked #361 of 1,736 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 July 2013

We discovered St. Paul's Church, in Covent Gardens, in early July when we had the honor of attending a memorial service there for English actor Frank Thornton. It's a church with quite a pedigree, but seems to remain modest, unpretentious, and far less known than its bigger namesake in The City. The interior is not particularly ornate; its lines are plain and unpretentious. The small grounds/garden outside (on the southwest side, entered from Bedford Street) beckon one in to sit and rest on one of the many benches, and to forget, at least for a little while, the bustle of the nearby streets.

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Reviewed 27 July 2013

This beautiful church in the heart of Covent Garden is a delight. A tranquil spot, with a quiet church yard containing benches dedicated to the great and the good. Work is currently going on in part of this area to try and preserve this wonderful place. Inside there are many, many plaques dedicated to those who have gone before in the world of film, theatre and television. Time to reflect a little on the nature of "celebrity" and to say a quiet thank you for the joy these wonderful actors, directors etc have given to the world over many years. The regular concerts and events held in the church are consistently good and excellent value.

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Reviewed 11 July 2013

A beautiful tranquil spot in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the West End. If you can, try to catch a play set in the grounds and the church.

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

A truly beautiful, ornate church with a lovely churchyard and the added bonus of the chance to "starspot" among the many plaques - and I mean stars - there are non of your celebridee names here (though some, such as Charles Macklin, are less well-known now, except to fans of Ben Aaronovitch).
You may even be lucky enough to stroke one of the friendly, resident cats, or have a personal tour of Hollywood history from one of the gents who keep warm inside.
Not to be missed - especially in such a central location - and a chance to catch your breath out of the crowds.

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Reviewed 18 August 2010

Very interesting to see all the plaques for famous actors. Nice gardens to the back with benches, and toilets nearby. Hidden gem for taking a break from the bustle of covent garden for a few moments.

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