St. Stephen Walbrook, London

St. Stephen Walbrook, London

The parish church of the Lord Mayor, designed by architect Christopher Wren between 1672 and 1679, is widely regarded as the most exceptional among his City churches. Notably, its intricately coffered dome, adorned with elaborate plasterwork, served as an early precursor to the grandeur of Saint Paul's Cathedral.

Upon entering Saint Stephen's, visitors are often taken aback by its airy, columned interior, which contrasts starkly with its unassuming exterior. The font cover and pulpit canopy are adorned with exquisitely carved figures, offering a striking juxtaposition to the minimalist design of Henry Moore's substantial white stone altar, installed in 1987 but originally from 1972.

Yet, perhaps the most poignant memorial within the church is an enclosed telephone in a glass case, which serves as a tribute to Rector Chad Varah, who, in 1953, established the Samaritans, a helpline staffed by volunteers offering support to those in emotional distress.

Additionally, the church is home to the London Internet Church, a community that gathers individuals from around the globe for worship and discussions on Christianity. Saint Stephen's hosts a bustling schedule of free musical events, including Tuesday lunchtime concerts at 1pm and Friday organ recitals at 12:30pm, where visitors are encouraged to bring and enjoy a packed lunch.

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Sight Location: London, England (See walking tours in London)
Sight Type: Religious
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