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St Dunstan-in-the-East

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St Dunstan-in-the-East

Since it was bombed-out during the war, the picturesque ruins of this medieval church have been overrun by nature, creating an idyllic spot in the heart of the city. Leaves and vines now cling to the Grade 1-listed stone arches. It’s a little escape from all the suits rushing around outside.


Venue name: St Dunstan-in-the-East
Address: St Dunstan's Hill
Opening hours: Daily 8am-dusk or 7pm, whichever is earlier
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A hidden gem! Stunningly beautiful and especially quiet on the weekends. Make the effort and seek out this treasure!


In the middle of a city where some of the most important business deals and decisions are made on a daily basis, there is a place for quiet. The eye of the storm, if you will. A place you can sit down, take a minute for yourself, enjoy your lunchtime sarnie in peace, and marvel as the once beautiful architecture of St Dunstan-In-The-East - a former church that was bombed quite some time ago and never repaired. Instead it was allowed to take on another form... beautiful greenery snakes up around the remaining pillars of the church, twining themselves in and out of the stone window frames, creating an almost magical feel to the little garden just around the corner from Monument station. It looks like a setting for a scene in Harry Potter... It's old and decrepit yet elegant and pretty. Even in the winter when it's absolutely bloody freezing and sitting outside is a ridiculous idea, it's still nice to pop your head in to the roofless seating area and marvel at how a disaster turned out to be so pretty, even if only for a few minutes, before you get frost bite! I couldn't get more single right now if I tried, but i've already imagined my wedding here. That's how lovely it is. The history it holds makes it romantic, and the fact that not *that* many people know about it makes it quite special... there aren't many hidden treasures left to be discovered in London these days, and this one is quite something. It's the perfect place to take a book and just have some time for yourself, and one of my favourite discoveries in London.

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