Following its destruction in the Great London Fire, St. Stephen Walbrook was re-designed by Christopher Wren in 1672. Its opulent interior, with its great dome and arches, is typical of a Wren design; the church also served as his prototype for St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was built beginning in 1675. Though it was damaged during the Blitz in World War II, St. Stephen Walbrook has since been repaired, and is today considered one of London’s finest churches. It is included on various walking tours and history-themed excursions through London.
Things to know before you go
- St. Stephen Walbrook’s altar was created by famed sculptor Henry Moore, and it hosts a regular series of art exhibitions.
- The church is a popular destination for history buffs, architectural enthusiasts, and the devout.
- Free lunchtime music recitals are regularly held on Tuesdays and organ recitals are hosted on Fridays.
- The Lord Mayor’s St. Stephen’s Serenades are held in the early evening on the last Friday of the month, and feature visiting performers; they are free for all to attend.
How to get there
St. Stephen Walbrook is located just a quick trip from Cannon Street station (served by the Circle and District lines and mainline trains) and Bank station (served by the Central, Northern, and Waterloo & City lines, and the DLR). It can also be reached by numerous bus lines, as well as on foot, by car, and by bike.
When to get there
The church is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10am–4pm; on Wednesdays from 11am–3pm; and Fridays from 10am–3pm. It is rarely open on weekends, except in the case of special events.
Other Christopher Wren Masterpieces
In addition to St. Stephen Walbrook, Christopher Wren has designed many of the capital’s most important buildings. St. Paul’s Cathedral is his masterpiece, though his work can also be seen at the Greenwich Royal Observatory, the Monument to the Great Fire of London, and beyond.