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.
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Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
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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.
Watch again: Clarissa Dickson Wright speaks at St Paul's Cathedral
17 March 2014
Today the Cathedral is very saddened to learn of the death of Clarissa Dickson Wright, barrister, celebrity chef
and one half of the Two Fat Ladies.
In April 2013, Clarissa came to St Paul's as part of a series of conversations under the dome entitled Mind of the Maker.
In her conversation with the Cathedral's Chaplain, Reverend Sarah Eynstone, Clarissa spoke frankly about her abusive upbringing and of her
alcoholism from which she is clear she was rescued by God.
Talking about her continued faith, and with one of many references to food throughout her life, Clarissa said: "When I read about the Last
Supper I can almost taste the lamb and I just hope it was well cooked and that the bread was well-prepared."
And when asked how she would like to be remembered, she said: "I’d like to be remembered for humour, for believing what I say. I’ve turned down
a lot of money from supermarkets to go against what I believe in. I’d like to be considered a person of integrity, in the sense that I’ve
always stood up for my beliefs however unpopular that might have been at the time. And that I said what I thought whether people agreed with it
or not. And also that I was quite happy to allow them the right to say what they thought whether I agreed with it or not. I’d like to be
considered as someone who enjoyed good food, good laughter, the company of my friends and just generally as a good old fat cook."
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul's, who organised the Mind of the Maker series, said: "We’re very sad indeed to hear
of Miss Dickson Wright’s death. We thoroughly enjoyed her visit to St Paul’s last year and were inspired by her zest for life. She reminded
us that people don’t show enough gratitude – either to God or to each other. We’re thankful to God that his servant Clarissa shared her
enthusiasm for life with so many of the people around her."