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St Dunstan in the East | Hidden Gem in London

Updated: Jan 3

St Dunstan in the East Church is without a doubt a unique area set within the ruins of a Wren church. The Church of St Dunstan was originally constructed around 1100 and is a Grade I listed building.

Image of St Dunstan in the East in London
Photo by @explorewithlee on Instagram

A brand new south aisle was introduced in 1391 and was repaired in 1631. However, it became seriously damaged in 1666 by the Great Fire of London. The Church unfortunately was broken again in the Blitz of 1941. However, Wren's tower and Steeple survived the bombing.

Throughout the re-organisation of the Anglican Church after World War II, it was decided not to rebuild St Dunstan’s. In 1967 the City of London decided to display the remains into a public garden, which opened in 1970.

Such a lovely quaint and picturesque church right in the middle of the city! You can take fantastic shots all over and around the church grounds. The lighting on a sunny day is also fantastic. Really relaxing place as well. – Google Review

You'll often find a photoshoot going on if you visit this hidden gem on a lovely sunny day, and we can't blame them for taking that opportunity! If you're in the area close to lunchtime, we definitely recommend having a little picnic on one of the benches.

Things to know before visiting St Dunstan in the East

  • It is free to enter during daylight hours.

  • It is wheelchair accessible.

  • It can get crowded during the week especially at lunch as you'll often find city workers having their lunch on the benches.

  • The opening hours are 08:00 - 19:00.

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