All Hallows by the Tower

Attractions, Religious buildings and sites Aldgate
Venue name: All Hallows by the Tower
Address: Byward Street
Transport: Tube: Bank/Monument/Tower Hill
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 I love old buildings, I adore history - this place has it all. It seems so secret but so out there in the open, I'm so surprised it has no reviews previous to this one. Its the oldest church in the city - founded in 675 AD- it has survived the Great fire of London and bombings of each war. Its right by the the Tower of London and when we visited on a Thursday afternoon, during the Summer holidays, it was empty. 

 I'm not a church goer and not at all religious, but as soon as you walked into the building you could feel the atmosphere. Walking around the church itself, you could feel the maritime history - with the Drake family coat of arms on the the chapel (distance family members of Sir Francis Drake actually still attend this very church). there is a museum in the crypt below and it is definitely worth a visit. There is a free guided tour you can have around the church (as well as an audio guide you can download on an app) and the person who gave us the tour (We kind of tagged along on another person's, being too shy to ask for one ourselves) was wonderful! Extremely knowledgeable and very willing to answer any questions we had.

There was such a mish-mash of things in the museum, not because it was disorganised, but because the church itself had seen so much history. From Anglo-Saxon, to Roman, to the Great War and even Shackleton it had everything that a History buff like me absolutely adores. 

It was free to go in, but we felt obliged to give a donation to the church for the wonderful tour we had and all of the artifacts that were inside. It is just so different to all of the other museums in London and everyone should be visiting this incredible piece of our history as Londoners!