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.
The Rt Revd Sarah Mullally’s installation as Bishop of London
12 May 2018
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally was installed as the 133rd Bishop of London at St Paul’s Cathedral on 12th May at a service attended by
clergy and representatives from the Diocese of London, wider London, from the Diocese of Exeter and ecumenical guests.
The service began with Bishop Sarah striking the Great West Door three times with her pastoral staff before entering the Cathedral. The Oaths
of Allegiance and Due Obedience were sworn upon the Cathedral’s copy of the Tyndale Bible of 1526, one of the three remaining copies in the
In her sermon, Bishop Sarah said, “Today as I respond to the Call of Christ to a new ministry I recall my first calling to follow Christ; to know
him and make him known to the world. In the words of St Augustine ‘For you I am your bishop but with you I am a Christian’.”
On International Nurses Day, Bishop Sarah, herself a former nurse, reflected on the inspiration of Florence Nightingale, from whom we can
learn the simple but essential skill of building human relationships:
"If we want to improve public health today, if we want to improve the life chances of those who are still left behind and failed by our education
system, if we want to reduce the horrifyingly high number of young deaths from knife and gun crime occurring in this wonderful city, we have to
build relationships, and if we want to see more people transformed by the love of God then we have to reach out, to build relationships."
Finally, she asked people to join her in fostering in the Diocese of London “a church which is rooted in scripture and tradition but not
afraid to reimagine the future”.
Bidding prayers read by Youth Ambassadors from the Diocese included prayers for London: “that its cities and its boroughs, its faith and its
communities, its needs and its plenty may be a blessing to your people”.
Music during the service was performed by the Cathedral Choir directed by Andrew Carwood with the organ played by Simon Johnson and included a
special piece by Judith Bingham which was commissioned for the service.
At the end of the service, Bishop Sarah paused on the west steps of the Cathedral to bless the City and Diocese.
Before ordination Bishop Sarah was Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health. She trained for the ministry at the South East Institute for
Theologian Education and served her first curacy at Battersea Fields in Southwark Diocese from 2001 to 2006. She was Canon Residentiary and Canon
Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral before taking up her current role in 2015 as Suffragan Bishop of Crediton in the Diocese of Exeter. Bishop Sarah
is married to Eamonn and they have two children. Read more about the new Bishop of London here.
Public Event: Bishop Sarah will also be in conversation with Dean David Ison in a public event in St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 4 June. For more
information and to book free places please click here.