St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
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Known as the Actors’ Church for its long association with Covent Garden’s theatres, this pleasingly spare building was designed by Inigo Jones in 1631. A lovely limewood wreath by the 17th-century master carver Grinling Gibbons hangs inside the front door as a reminder that he and his wife are interred in the crypt. But most visitors come to see the memorial plaques: many thespians are commemorated here, among them Vivien Leigh, Charlie Chaplin and Hattie Jacques of ‘Carry On’ fame.
|Transport:||Rail: Charing Cross; Tube: Covent Garden/Leicester Square|
|Price:||Admission free; donations appreciated|
|Opening hours:||Open 8.30am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-1pm Sun (5pm when there is Evensong). Times vary Sat; phone for details. 1.10pm Tue, Wed; 11am Sun. Choral Evensong 4pm 2nd Sun of mth|
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