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.
And to mark the occasion, all veterans of World War Two are invited to St Paul’s Cathedral’s crypt cafe in the first week of June to enjoy free
tea and cake as the nation remembers the day in 1944 when thousands of troops stormed the beaches of northern France.
Seventy years on, D-Day remains one of the most important moments in modern history, and a defining point in a conflict during which St Paul’s
Cathedral served as a beacon of hope. Churchill’s instruction that St Paul’smust be saved at all costs, helped boost morale as much of London burned around Wren’s great church, the dome
rising above the smoke of Blitz destruction.
St Paul’s was therefore thrilled to be asked to host the final banquet of the Great British Menu, with some of the UK’s best chefs creating
Wartime-inspired food for guests including D-Day veterans Ken Sturdy and George Batts; Churchill's granddaughter Celia Sandys; one of
Churchill's War Cabinet secretaries, Joy Hunter; and Bletchley Park cypher clerk, Baroness Trumpington.
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, who will be seen dining at the banquet, said: "This significant anniversary of D-Day makes us consider what
it meant that men gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy and how their sacrifice shaped the freedom we enjoy today. But, as we remember,
so we also champion the men and women who returned from war and who still contribute so much to their local communities today. St Paul’s is
privileged to welcome them here and to host this banquet in honour of service given seven decades ago; service which continues to be
appreciated by all the people of this nation.”
The Great British Menu final banquet will be broadcast on BBC2, Friday 6 June at 7pm.
Free tea and cake
From Monday 2 to Saturday 8 June, the team behind the Cathedral’s crypt cafe and restaurant, Harbour
& Jones, will evoke memories of Wartime spirit with special offerings throughout the week.
All WW2 veterans, who fought or worked on foreign fields or on the home front, are invited to enjoy a mug of tea and traditional British cake
in the crypt cafe.
And for the whole of June the restaurant will also be looking to the past, creating a gastronomic twist on classic Wartime fare. Diners will be
invited to ‘dig for victory’ in their own St Paul’s vegetable garden; try bread and beef dripping; and ‘head to the shores’ with cockle
popcorn, malt vinegar and seaweed salt. £1 from every set menu will be donated to The Royal British Legion.
The restaurant menu is available for the whole month of June; free tea and cake for just the first