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.
A series of Sunday evening conversations under the dome of St Paul's have concluded with a call for us to be
'more imaginative about our faith'.
Speaking at the final Eucharist in the Mind of the Maker series, the Revd Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul's, looked back at the four
conversations which had taken place during the Easter period.
Reflecting on the series, which had seen Frank Skinner, Clarissa Dickson Wright, Sir Andrew Motion and P D James discuss their own personal
journeys of faith, Canon Hampel said: "Let’s learn from our friends and be more imaginative about our faith. And one of the best ways of doing
that is simply to tell our stories – stories about ourselves and stories about God."
The four instantly recognisable names from modern British culture came to St Paul's to discuss how their faith had shaped their lives and
influenced their work.
Comedian Frank Skinner rued the lack of silence in our world. He said that silence is where you
find God because mere words so often fall short of the truth.
Celebrity chef, Clarissa Dickson Wright spoke candidly about her abusive upbringing and of her
alcoholism from which she is clear she was rescued by God.
Former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion was open about his devout but sceptical faith. He has no fixed
answers to questions of faith and doctrine.
Detective novelist P D James talked animatedly about the importance of goodness and of our obligation
to respond to human need – even if that meant placing our religious duties second to the needs of our neighbour, which is effectively the
only true way of meeting one’s religious obligations: what you do for the least of these my brothers and sisters, you do for me.
The series started and ended with a celebration of the Eucharist, and the four conversations in between were held against the backdrop of music
and readings reflecting the tastes and interests of our speakers.
Canon Hampel said: "It has been said that we are most like God when we are being creative and that this is the interpretation of what it means
to be made in the image of God. The four main speakers have been asked to talk as they are people in the public eye whose work is creative and
who have made their own journeys of faith in public and private."