St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Jon Snow on truth, inclusion and 'The Things That Matter'
23 October 2014
Truth, inclusion and making time for contemplation are the things that matter most to Jon Snow, who says
that being in a cathedral feels like 'home'.
The second in a new series of interviews with high-profile figures, Jon Snow - journalist and TV presenter for Channel 4 and ITV - spoke to the
Cathedral's Chancellor, Canon Mark Oakley.
In this interview on The Things That Matter, Jon Snow talks about the importance of speaking truth to power, how we must find more time to think
and reflect, and our sometimes detrimental relationship to digital media and information in the 21st century.
He encourages us to be honest with ourselves and to ask: "Is it we who gave birth to extremism” through our wars and indifference to the
vulnerable? He regrets the media did not lead an early charge for government action on Ebola because "it was in a place in which we knew little and
When asked what he would like churches to be doing more of, he states simply, "Inclusion", adding, "the churches need to reach out well beyond
their own faith...I think society needs connection as never before.”
Closing the interview, Canon Oakley thanks Mr Snow, saying: "...you are in a profession of information but you remind us, more than many, about
formation - about who we are becoming as human beings, and where we are going wrong. To make that connection between information and formation is
really very helpful, and many of us are very grateful.”
The Things That Matter
It has been said that there is a ‘wisdom deficit’ in our society and a real search by people to find words that are trustworthy, authentic and
In this series of short interviews, The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley asks respected people what they believe are the things that really matter in
this life, the insights they have gained that they want to hand on to others – especially the young.
Canon Oakley says: "The poet TS Eliot famously asked ‘where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge, and where is the knowledge we have lost in
information?’ In a culture shaped by adverts, PR-speak and the desire for quick clarity on everything, there is in many of us a real thirst for a
deep and authentic wisdom that comes from distilled human experience. ‘Where can we place our trust?’ is an urgent question of our times. I hope
this series might offer some insights from respected people and help lead us towards an answer.”