St Paul's Cathedral

  • November 9, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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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 Crypt
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! 


Robert
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  • Jean

    We did not manage to find the group but climbed the stairs (with several rests!) to the Golden Gallery for a fantastic view.

    November 17

  • Jennifer D.

    Fabulous - I know it well but never tire of it.

    November 13

  • Lucy

    I dared to go up high to the Whispering Gallery and sadly lost my nerve to move from the entrance to it (!) - and sadly also lost my group! The highest level, I wonder how many braved it? But a wonderful visit, thanks Robert.

    November 11

    • Deborah G.

      Quite a few of us went all the way up. Lovely views from top but had to cope with a number of narrow circular stairs!

      November 13

  • Diz

    Sorry I missed the group meetup. However I did manage to go to St Pauls and climb the 378 steps to the Stone Gallery and saw the tremendous view from there. Enjoyed the Whispering Gallery too.

    November 12

  • Robert

    First visited St Paul's when I was 7 years old and have been back many times since, but it still surprises me every time I visit in how stunning the architecture and decoration is inside.

    November 11

  • June L.

    Thank you for my first culture seekers event - very enjoyable - went to the very top! Had very shaky legs afterwards, but well worth it for the view!

    1 · November 11

  • Magdalena

    Great as always:). Thank you. Happy Birthday.

    November 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    So good to see the Cathedral again and enjoyed the Carnival of the Animals performance under the dome too

    November 10

  • Iona T.

    Find u rather - apologies for hard t understand text!

    November 10

  • Iona T.

    Was a bit late getting there and didn't fiduciary but loved the cathedral and will be back for a deeper exploration x

    November 10

  • Deborah G.

    Fantastic views from the Dome worth climbing all the steps to the Golden Tower. Lovely sunny afternoon meant I could see Lord Mayor's coach on its return journey to the City. Hope you enjoyed your birthday Robert.

    November 10

  • helen w.

    really good, great visit. I did get there, but late i'm afraid. still really good, will have to catch up with you guys another time

    November 10

  • Oksana V.

    Happy birthday Robert, thank you very much for so nice event!

    November 10

  • David B.

    Happy birthday Robert, thank you for organising such a great venue as St. Paul's cathedral. Hope you have a great day.

    November 10

  • Maria

    Another great event, met interesting people, saw wonderful sights. A friendly pub too :) Hope you had a good meal later and enjoyed your birthday, Robert.

    November 10

  • Mike H.

    Thanks Robert and a late happy birthday to you! Great cathedral too :-)

    1 · November 10

  • Elena

    I tried to get there but I found the whole street cut by a military procession and I forgot to write down the number, when I got there no one was. Sorry about that.

    November 10

  • Robert

    It's my birthday this weekend, so after the St Paul's visit 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!

    4 · November 6

    • Simi

      Happy Birthday!

      1 · November 9

    • Hilary

      Happy Birthday! Hope it's a good one.

      1 · November 10

  • theresa p.

    rotten cold, sorry to have missed today

    November 9

  • Javier G.

    Gorgeous cathedral!!!

    1 · November 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Robert- you do a fantastic job of letting us all know about what London has to offer :) And happy birthday!

    November 9

  • Jean

    Thanks for organising this great day out and happy birthday, Robert!

    November 9

  • Emilia

    Great.Thank you Robert

    November 9

  • Dawn T.

    Happy Birthday Robert:-) Sorry I didn't make it to the pub!

    November 9

    • Dawn T.

      It was a great day out.

      2 · November 9

  • Sandra

    what a wonderful building !

    November 9

  • Lila

    Fantastic! Fabulous views. Great company.

    November 9

  • Sabrina

    And kind of in a hurry when I met you today, forgot to tell you the most important thing:"Happy birthday and wish all the best for you! 祝你生日快乐哦!"

    November 9

  • Dorota

    It was a great experience :)

    November 9

  • Sabrina

    Fantastic!!!

    November 9

  • Magdalena

    Well organised as usual;).Great.

    November 9

  • Simi

    I'm here although late... :)

    November 9

  • Rakhee

    Happy Birthday Robert:) Have a great day:)
    Apologies can't make it...come down with a cold/flu...
    Have fun

    November 9

  • Sheila R.

    Sorry Robert unable to come today but hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration.

    November 9

  • Sonja J.

    Unfortunately I won't be able to attend today. Really sorry to miss this but woke up with a temperature this morning so don't want to risk it. Would love to see pics. Have a happy birthday Robert and hope to see you next week at Holland Park. To all, enjoy!

    November 9

  • Melissa

    Happy birthday Robert! I will be going today with my husband, daughter and my mother who is visiting with us.

    November 9

  • Sha

    This sounds really interesting and I'm keen to attend!

    November 9

  • Clare R.

    Hey Robert sorry am not feeling well so won't be coming happy birthday hope u have a good day

    November 9

  • Jules

    Sorry to miss this but I've been feeling poorly all week and still feeling rough today. Have a great time everybody and Happy Birthday Robert!

    November 9

  • David G.

    Hi, this has been on my to do list for sometime, so why not when its free and with a group of enthusiasts.

    November 9

  • Wendy S.

    Gorgeous Cathedral.
    Enjoy everyone

    November 9

  • Liz

    Looking forward to my first event!

    November 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys

    November 8

  • JT

    Many Happy Returns of the Day this weekend, Robert!

    November 8

  • Michela L.

    Happy Birthday Robert!

    November 8

  • Tahseen

    Happy Birthday Robert!
    I was looking forward to attending my first event however
    It clashes with another appointment now so I cannot attend now.
    I look forward to meeting you all soon.

    Kind regards
    Tahseen

    November 8

  • Vittoria

    happy birthday Robert, sorry I cannot make it

    November 8

  • Patricia

    Hello

    November 8

  • Ru

    Happy Birthday Robert. Unfortunately I cannot join you in the celebrations, but have a great day.

    November 6

    • Robert

      Thanks, see you at another event soon.

      November 7

  • Ailish L.

    Robert, thanks so much for organising this great event, looking forward to it - hope you have a great day and really enjoy your birthday. Many happy returns.
    Ailish

    November 7

  • Javier G.

    Happy birthday, Robert!!!

    November 6

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