The church of St. Bride's has stood on the same plot for over 1,500 years. Named in honour of St. Bridget of Kildare, Ireland, the first known stone building was erected on the site in the sixth century, probably by a community of local Celts. By Norman times, St. Bride's had become a prominent city church.
No fewer than eight buildings dedicated to St. Bride have occupied this position over the centuries, the latest a restoration of Sir Christopher Wren's church of 1675. Itself a reconstruction following the Great Fire of London, Wren's church was destroyed again in the Blitz. All that remains of his work today is the minstrel's gallery incorporated into its base and the famous spire which rises 226 feet above the city and is said to have been the inspiration for the tiered wedding cake.
The history of the church is detailed in the crypt museum and exhibits on display include Roman remains, a Roman pavement and the ancient foundations of the church.
Open Monday to Saturday from 8am until 5pm.
St. Bride's Avenue
Off Fleet Street
+44 (0)20 7353 1301
Nearest Tube / Rail Station
4, 11, 15, 15B, 23, 26, 45, 63, 76, 171A