Monday, 31 May 2010

How to make the most of your day out to St Paul's

Entry to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s and many would say faith’s masterpiece, is free to worshippers. Sightseers to the London church, however, currently can pay up to £12.50 ($18.20) a head.
As the cathedral’s website explains: “St Paul's receives no funding from the Crown, Church or the State. We therefore rely on the income generated by tourism to allow the building to continue to function as a centre for Christian worship, as well as to cover general maintenance and repair work.”
The famous landmark – it remains a miracle that it survived Nazi bombing raids on London – is a must-see on any visit to London. The ticket price makes it good sense to allow plenty of time to enjoy all that the church offers.
Fortunately there are other places of interest in easy walking distance – the Tate Modern art museum and the recently expanded Museum of London - where entry is free although visitors are encouraged to make voluntary donations. It means you can plan a whole day out without breaking the bank.
At some point in the day you should also allow time to visit nearby Postman’s Park situated between King Edward Street, Little Britain and Angel Street (near St Bartholomew's Hospital). The park - in the churchyard at St Botolph’s without Aldersgate – earned its name, as it was once a lunchtime haunt for employees at the nearby old General Post Office.
It contains a moving tribute to the bravest of the brave – those who sacrificed their lives to save others. This excellent link explains the background to Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice.
Victorian artist and social reformer GF Watts campaigned for a memorial wall as a “record of the stories of heroism in everyday life”. The ceramic plaques stretched to 50 feet before the custom ended. In 2009 the first plaque in nearly 80 years was erected to Leigh Pitt, a true hero.


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