Reformation Lates

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Temporary closure of Stone and Golden Galleries
7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Reformation Lates

The vast Gothic Cathedral that saw the Reformation of the 16th century was to meet its end in the Great Fire of 1666. The new Cathedral which we know today became the first post-Reformation Cathedral built in England and bears many of the architectural and design hallmarks of this new era.

Thursday 12 October 6.30 - 9pm (last entry 8.15pm)

Adult: £10
Concession (60+, student): £9
Child (6-17): £5
Under 6: Free
Saturday 28 October
Tickets give access to the Cathedral floor crypt and Whispering Gallery.
The exterior galleries are currently undergoing vital maintenance work and will not be open.

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, special late openings will be held on two evenings in October.

  • Hear about the Reformation in words and music in the Cathedral's quire, led by St Paul's clergy and musicians.
  • See a rare copy of William Tyndale's New Testament - the 'most dangerous' book in Tudor England - on display for the first time ever
  • Sketch some of Wren's exquisite Reformation architecture - pencils and paper provided
  • Photograph the interior of one of the world's most famous churches
  • See Sir James Thornhill's muted post-Reformation dome paintings from the Whispering Gallery
  • See a display of mosaics - 'Radicals and Reformers' - made by students of the South Bank School of Mosaic will be on display, accompanied by new poetry from young poets.

Visitors can also see where some of the nation's most famous heroes and artists are buried, gaze at the intricate Victorian mosaics, and simply take-in the breathtaking calm of the vast Cathedral.

For these special evenings, as well as allowing photography we will be actively encouraging people to sketch some of the Cathedral's details. Pencils and paper will be available on the evening - but of course you can bring your own. There will also be the opportunity to have your sketches photographed and featured on the Cathedral's digital channels.

For those Londoners who relish the opportunity to be tourists in their own city, touch screen multimedia guides packed with pictures, commentary and archive footage are included in nine languages. 

For our younger visitors there are also four family trails packed with fun facts and opportunities to find things, write creatively and draw pictures.

Throughout the evenings, drinks and light food will be available in the crypt cafe and the Cathedral shop will be open, offering a range of gifts and mementos. 

- Tickets also available at the door on the evening
- Full bag searches will be in operation so please travel as lightly as possible and don't bring any item larger than typical airline cabin baggage
- Non-commercial hand-held photography only permitted - no tripods
- For sketching please only bring pencils. No ink, watercolours or oils.
- Tickets or passes issued by the Cathedral's trade partners - including London Pass - as well as any current offers cannot be used for entry to the Lates
- Annual Pass holders and Friends of St Paul's receive free entry