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.
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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: PD James speaks at St Paul's Cathedral
27 November 2014
Today the Cathedral is very saddened to hear that PD James, great detective fiction writer and friend to St
Paul's, has died aged 94.
Baroness James of Holland Park visited St Paul's on several occasions, not least for a special service to mark the 350th anniversary of the 1662
Book of Common Prayer in 2012.
We were also greatly honoured to welcome her to the Cathedral last year, when she took part in a ‘conversation under the dome’ about divine and
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul's Cathedral and a friend of Baroness James, said: "We are desperately sad to hear of P D
James' death. Her creative genius put her alongside the great authors of detective fiction, not least Dorothy L Sayers whom Lady James greatly
admired. Like Sayers, James developed the genre of the detective - making location and environment crucial vehicles of both plot and character
"She loved Choral Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer, a staple part of the diet of cathedral worship. Her publisher once asked her if
they should explain the Prayer Book allusion in the title of her novel ‘Devices and Desires’ to which she responded that any self-respecting
Englishman should know that it came from the General Confession of the Book of Common Prayer.
"She was a woman of sharp intellect and profound grace and those of us who met her here at St Paul’s were hugely privileged to have done so."