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St. Clement Danes, London

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#57 of 144 in Historic Sites in London
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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  • August 8, 2017
    Went here as part of a longer guided walk entitled "Hidden London". What a wonderful location to visit! It's the RAF church in London, and it has an absolutely fascinating history, both in centuries g...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    On the place of this church is a small church sins the RAID of the Danes. We went in here just when we came along and we were surprised by the beautiful interior. Also the history is very interesting. Another plus point is that this church one of the few not so much on tourism-focused places is that an information brochure in Dutch had (although it might be that you just need to search).
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  • May 31, 2017
    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 »
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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.

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