My trip to London this past November was a treasure trove of great finds and experiences, and I am just now working my way through my notes and pictures. I returned from London just days before Thanksgiving and have been caught up in the holiday whirlwind ever since. So now that I have had a chance to exhale, you will be seeing some more posts about my trip – like today, where I get to talk about the charming St Bride’s Church just off of Fleet Street in the City of London.

The site where St Bride’s is today, has been the site of many churches going back hundreds of years. Burned in the great fire, nearly totally destroyed in the Blitz, a church has always risen from the ashes on the site. St Bride’s is known as “the spiritual home of the media” – due to its location on Fleet Street, traditional home of London’s newspapers.

About St Bride’s Church of London:

“The story of St Bride’s is inextricably woven into the history of the City of London. By the time the Great Fire of 1666 left the church in ruins, a succession of churches had existed on the site for about a millennium, and the area had already assumed its unique role in the emergence of English printing. It took nine years for St Bride’s to re-appear from the ashes under the inspired direction of Christopher Wren, but for the next two-and-a-half centuries it was in the shadow of the church’s unmistakeable wedding-cake spire that the rise of the British newspaper industry into the immensely-powerful Fourth Estate took place.”

The Church’s crypt has been turned into a museum featuring relics discovered from various excavations over the years – including ruins from the earliest Roman settlement. A visit to St. Bride’s is a welcome retreat from the hectic pace of the city.

Visit St Bride’s Church of London online here.