Any visit to London wouldn’t be complete without making the journey to St Paul’s cathedral. It’s one of the most famous sights in the world, let alone London, and there’s a reason hundreds of thousands of people seek out the grand, dramatic cathedral.
Not only is St Paul’s one of London’s most historic buildings, but it’s also the second-largest cathedral in the UK after Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. It’s an awe-inspiring sight, and that’s why we’ve put together this guide of how to get there and what to see while you make the journey.
Using one of Montcalm’s London hotels special offers for RLH, you’re just a quick walk – about four minutes – from Finsbury Square Moorgate. Find your way there and jump on the 76 service for the Central Line – marked in red on those somewhat confusing London Underground maps – bound for Waterloo.
The Tube journey will take about twelve minutes and cover five stops, but you only need to hop off when you see St Paul’s Cathedral Stop SJ coming up. After disembarking, you’ll need to talk for about two minutes until you arrive at the cathedral. It’s as easy as that!
Stepping out of the Montcalm Royal London House, hang a left onto Finsbury Square and follow the road all the way down past Moorgate Tube Station. On your left, you’ll see the famous Finsbury Circus, so you know you’re on the right track. Once you see The Globe, you need to take a right and use the zebra crossing to move across London Wall.
From here, you need to take a left onto Noble Street and follow this until you see Gresham Street. While on Noble Street, it’s worth taking the time to check out the oldest structures in all of London – the Roman Fort Ruins and Roman Fort Gate. Once you’ve taken in some of the capital’s ancient history, you’ll proceed along Noble Street until you see the Churchyard of Saint John Zachary. Here, you need to cross over Gresham Street and take Foster Lane all the way down to Cheapside. By this point, you will most definitely see St Paul’s looming ahead. Now all you need to do is make a left across New Change and into the green surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral. If you’re tired after your exertions, you’re only a quick hop from the luxuriant Montcalm Royal London Spa.
What to Do When You Arrive
Just taking in St Paul’s from the outside is an experience in itself, but you can also find great, in-depth tours on offer in the forms of the shorter, introductory tour and the 90-minute guided tour.
If you want an unforgettable – and somewhat tiring! – experience of seeing London from a height of 280 feet, you can always elect to ‘Climb the Dome’ and scale the 528 steps to the highest viewing gallery the cathedral has to offer. If you’ve got tired feet after all that climbing, you don’t have far to go to your hotel with Montcalm’s London hotels special offers.
There’s also The Whispering Gallery and The Stone Gallery if you want great views out over the capital with less work getting there.