One of my old colleagues recently started working at St Paul’s Cathedral and found out that we’d coincidentally booked the same afternoon off work. He kindly offered to take me on a tour of his new stomping ground and I got an amazing behind the scenes view. Here are some photos:
There was so much more to the day than these photos. I would have loved to have taken a picture of the library which is one of the best rooms I have ever visited – the smell of old leather and books infuses it and the strong daylight we had still made it feel like stepping back in time to some old rich person’s astonishing collection.
We didn’t make it to the top of the dome, but that’s ok, it was a ridiculously windy day, and Mr Man forced me to climb it years ago – the view from the top is well worth it.
We didn’t go for tea inside the Cathedral but I’ve heard that it’s really good and that the prices are fine. You can book for afternoon tea there on their website. We went to Bea’s of Bloomsbury just across the road in No.1 New Change, a place I’m constantly raving about, and where I think do London’s best cheap cake-tea combination.
If you haven’t already been inside St Paul’s, you have to go. If you can, join a guided tour as you can learn so much about one of the world’s most iconic buildings, steeped in so much history. I know the entry isn’t cheap, but how about popping in for Evensong (5pm most days) or taking advantage of their free Cathedral Lates evenings which are taking place over the summer? There will be seven of them, starting next week – Monday 30 July, Friday 3 August, Monday 6 August, Friday 10 August, Friday 31 August, Monday 3 September, Friday 7 September, all 6-10pm so easy enough to pop in on your way home from work – a bit of calm, history and food – a no brainer really.
P.S. Thank you very much Friend E who works at St Paul’s!