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St. Clement Danes, London

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Today St. Clement Danes serves as the central church of the Royal Air Force, yet its rich and varied history stretches back several hundred years before it assumed this role. The grand Anglican Church was completed in 1682 by England's most famous architect, Sir Christopher Wren, but was severely damaged during the Blitz. Its restoration in 1958 saw its dedication to the air force. Monuments, memorials, and celebrations of the air force can be found everywhere, from the floor inscribed with the badges of over 800 RAF formations, to the gallery of Queen's Colours and Standards. Make sure to visit the statues of Arthur Harris and Hugh Dowding outside, two of the RAF's wartime leaders. Put St. Clement Danes into our London vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is an Anglican church situated outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand a few minutes walk from Trafalgar Square. It is the central church of the RAF and contains over 800 badges of RAF ...  more »
  • Beautiful quiet church in the middle of the very busy Strand near the Law Courts. Dedicated to the RAF and their service and many fine features and plenty to look at.  more »
  • We were delighted that our recent visit to London would coincide with the oranges and lemons service being the third Thursday in March. We arrived a little early for the 1.30pm service and explored th...  more »
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  • A millennium old church sometimes with Knight Temblors and now our RAF. Legacy with members like Donne and Johnson. There is a statue of Johnson behind it. Great place.
  • The church is dedicated to the R.A.F. and there are plaques of different regiments inset in the floor and various plaques etc around the walls. Several books of remembrance as well. There is a statue of Marshall of the R.A.F Sir Arthur Harris outside.
  • a beautiful little church with a rich royal airforce history from many different countries. there's a lot to look at and it's free to visit.
  • Nice church which centrally located in Aldwych which holds various weddings and events
  • Beautiful and very welcoming church with an extremely interesting history; they have many music & choral events, often featuring one of the RAF bands and the church's own choir - first class and well worth attending, thoroughly recommended. Almost completely destroyed during WWII, with just its shell and tower left standing, it was rebuilt over a decade later, though evidence of the bomb damage is still clearly visible on one of the outside corners, serving as a very physical reminder of the losses of so many recognised by the Remembrance Books inside the church, recording the names of airmen and ladies that lost their lives during conflict.