291. St Paul's Cathedral

What is St Paul's Cathedral?

St Paul's was built in the 17th century after the Great Fire of London, although there has been a church on the site since 604 AD. 

What's St Paul's Cathedral like?

It's iconic. The view of St Paul's from the other side of the Thames means so much to English people; if you ever went to see a Dick Whittington pantomime as a kid, the backdrop would have been of St Paul's. If you watched any Thames Television programmes in the 80s, St Paul's was the graphic. Inside it's equally as impressive. The Whispering Gallery is probably its greatest attraction - go up 250+ steps and whisper into the wall on one side and a person stood at the other side of the dome will hear it. 

Where is St Paul's Cathedral? 

London, England 

When did we go? 

I cannot for the life of me remember when we went there. The photo was taken at a later date as I didn't take any when we visited - the photo is definitely 2012.

How did we get there?

It was a quick day trip up on the Tube as we live in West London.

Worth noting

There are 200 memorials in the crypt. Wren was the first person to be interred there in 1723 and was followed by Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Lawrence of Arabia, and Florence Nightingale among others. 

Where was St Paul's Cathedral in the 2015 Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List?

118. It dropped 173 places.

Does it deserve its place in the Lonely Planet 2020 Top 500?

Yes - it's iconic and impressive.