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
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
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 132nd Bishop of London is The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA.
Bishop Richard was ordained in 1973, became Bishop of Stepney in 1992 and then Bishop of the Diocese of London in November 1995.
St Paul's is the seat of the Bishops of London. The name 'cathedral' comes from the Greek and Latin word cathedra meaning 'chair', as bishops like
other authorities in the ancient world sat down to teach. The Bishop's chair in St Paul's is at the south-east end of the quire.
Although the Dean is responsible for the running of the Cathedral, the Bishop is the principal minister there, and he presides and preaches at
major Christian festivals and on some other national and civic occasions. The Bishop is the Cathedral's Visitor and appoints many members of the
Cathedral Council, as well as licensing its clergy, exercising in these and other ways a care for the well-being of the Cathedral and its work on
behalf of the Diocese.
As well as being the Bishop's seat, the Cathedral is a centre for the Bishop to use for his work and mission across the Diocese of London, which
covers much of London from Bow in the east to Heathrow in the west, and north to Enfield and Northwood. In the presence or under the authority of
the Bishop, clergy for the diocese are ordained at St Paul's, lay ministers are commissioned, and significant mission initiatives are celebrated;
and on a smaller scale, parishes come on pilgrimage and are prayed for as part of the Cathedral's daily round of intercessions.
There is more information about the Bishop of London on his profile page at bishop.london.