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St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church), London

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#45 of 142 in Historic Sites in London
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A small church in Covent Garden, St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church) has earned the nickname "the actor's church" thanks to a close association with the theater community. Built in 1631 according to plans by architect and stage designer Inigo Jones, the church's theatrical roots date back just as far. Today, the church is home to a professional theater company called Iris Theatre. Wander freely through the building to see tributes to all the well-known actors who have passed through the doors, including Charlie Chaplin, Judy Dench, and Gwen Stefani, who even held a wedding here. Work out when and for how long to visit St. Paul's Church (The Actors' Church) and other London attractions using our handy London holiday planner.
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  • Just behind the back of the Church in Covent Garden is the entrance to the Actors Church, it has also a lovely small park you can rest or sometimes we eat sandwiches and drinks we brought with us, it ...  more »
  • Well worth a look if in Covent Garden area. Names of actors on the walls and a nice church tastefully setup.  more »
  • A place of pilgrimage for those who have theatre connections or wish to pay their respects to a particular actor, many of whom have their names on plaques around the walls of the church. Inside is sim...  more »
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  • Every year in the Month of may a Maypole is erected in the grounds of the church, and the public are invited to join in the traditional dance around it, also, there is held at the same time the Punch and Judy shows, whereby a dozen or more shows are held during the day, it is a very colourful scene not to be missed.
  • St Paul's Church is beautiful, with a very well maintained court yard where many people come to enjoy their lunches or for small group gatherings.
  • Truly an Actor's church with many memorials carrying familiar names such as Noel Coward Dolin Lambert
  • Nice place cause some seats in the square for people to take a break and enjoy peaceful mood.
  • For a concession and adult ticket was £26 this is quite a lot. The catherdral is absolutley stunning and is filled with history and artifactures. There is a basement where many famous men of british history have been buried. If you find yourself climbing 300 stairs to the top of the dome you will be brethtaken by the view of London city where you can see many famous landmarks.

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Many of London's main attractions are spread out, so nearby public transportation is key. There is no downtown area as such in London, and some of the least expensive hotels have more convenient access to tourist sites than the costlier ones. For a quintessential London experience, consider staying in the West End. This part of town offers excellent theaters, historical sites, and eating and shopping options for every taste. Lodging won’t be cheap, but you’ll have the colorful variety of London life right at your doorstep. Look at Notting Hill or Chelsea for charming and less expensive boutique hotels and B&Bs.
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