Come and visit St Paul's Cathedral on Saturday 9th November, the only day of the year when it is fully open and free to get in.
The 9th November is the day of the Lord Mayor's Show in the City and St Paul's is taking part in this by not charging an entrance fee. There are also hosting a free performance called 'Carnival of the Animals' under the Dome.
Come along at anytime from 1:30pm to 2:00pm and we will put you in small random groups of 4 or 5 people to explore the Cathedral together.
About St Paul's
St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral on Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London. The cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the previous St Paul's was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666.
The current cathedral opened over 300 years ago and is generally reckoned to be London's fifth St Paul's Cathedral, all having been built on the same site since AD 604. The cathedral is one of London's most famous and most recognisable sights. At 365 feet high, it was the tallest building in London until 1962.
Important services held at St. Paul's include the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill; Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the launch of the Festival of Britain and the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.
The Royal Family holds most of its important marriages, christenings and funerals at Westminster Abbey and St Paul's was used for the marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. St Paul's Cathedral is still a busy working church, with hourly prayer and daily services.
The cathedral has a very substantial crypt, holding over 200 memorials, some of the most famous ones are: Sir Christopher Wren, Lord Horatio Nelson, Henry Moore, Sir Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, Sir Alexander Fleming, Florence Nightingale, JMW Turner, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington.
Climb the Dome
Once inside the cathedral, you can go up to the Whispering Gallery and walk the 378 steps to the very top Dome and experience the breathtaking views across London from the Golden Gallery.
The insides of the cathedral are just stunning, in 1715 James Thornhill began work on the inside decorations in the dome which he finished four years later. His murals are based on a series of pen and ink sketches on the life of St Paul's.
Performance under the Dome
There is a free performance under the Dome in the Cathedral at 2pm and 3pm called; Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns (transcribed for organ by Ekaterina Melnikova).
Fourteen different movements which introduce us to a whole zoo’s-worth of animals - Lions, Hens and Cockerels, Wild Asses, Tortoises, The Elephant, Kangaroos, Fish, Donkeys, The Cuckoo, Wild Birds, Pianists, Fossils and the famous Swan. Poetry from the great American humourist, Ogden Nash, serves as an introduction to each movement.
Afterwards we will head to 'Ye Olde London' pub (downstairs, at the back) 42 Ludgate Hill.
It's my birthday this weekend, so at about 6pm, a few of us will be heading to a local restaurant for a bite to eat. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Lookout for the group sign outside the station:
Hope to see you there!
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