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.
An act of remembrance has been held under the dome of St Paul's, remembering those who have been murdered and
injured by hate crime.
The service, on Saturday 13 October, included speeches given by representatives from the Hate Crime Disability Network and 17-24-30, an organisation that works to remember the victims of hate crime and to show support
to all those affected by it.
The name of the organisation relates to the dates in April that year on which the attacks took place:
17 April – Brixton, aimed at the black community
24 April – Brick Lane, aimed at the Asian community
30 April – Soho, aimed at the gay community
A special candle was lit by Peggy Moore, the mother of Nik Moore who was killed in the Soho bombing. The candle will burn throughout this week
in the cathedral and will then be taken to the No To Hate Crime Vigil in Trafalgar Square on Saturday (20 October) at 7pm.
Canon Mark Oakley, who led the service, said in his welcome: "I try, with mixed results, to be a Christian and at the heart of Christian faith
is a non-negotiable belief in the dignity and uniqueness of each and every human being, valued, full of potential for love and for a full part
to live out in society. And I wish I could stand here and say that the Church has always stood for these things transparently and courageously
but, as you know, it hasn’t and tonight those of us from the Church stand here asking for forgiveness for that - as well as for, alongside all
of us here, renewal, and for strength for the future to challenge hate wherever and whenever it threatens a person, a minority, a friend, a
stranger, a loveable person, a difficult person. Each and every human being - whatever their race, colour, nationality, sexuality, gender
identity, disability, religion - being able to live without fear: that is what we together must stand up for, speak up for, and if our
tradition, pray for.
"Lewis Carroll said, it is a poor sort of memory that only looks backward, so we also use this time together to renew ourselves and commit
ourselves to standing alongside any who are vulnerable to attack (verbal or physical) because of who they are, who they love, what they look
like, what they believe. Recently I saw an interview with a wheelchair user who told of how in his town at night he can be quite often tipped
out of his chair by a pack of young men and women and told to stand up for himself. This horrific story captures so many truths: the way in
which the hater tries to stop the human journey of another person, cowardly using a person’s weakness or fragility to bolster their own ego or
hide their own fears. We can all do it. Our renewal of solidarity this evening begins with self-awareness and then challenges others to see
what it might mean to be someone else.”
Messages of support for the St Paul’s event were received from many faith leaders and political leaders, including the Prime Minister, the
Leader of the Opposition and the Mayor of London.