City in Spires – A Tour of Wren Churches

Posted on: December 13th, 2022 by wrenEditor

Among the Wren churches you’ll see on this guided walk are:

  • His masterpiece: St Paul’s Cathedral (note: we won’t be going in but why not visit it before or after the walk?)
  • St Nicholas Cole Abbey, with its distinctive galleon weathervane and excellent cafe
  • The spires of St Vedast Foster Lane and Christ Church Newgate Street
  • St Mary-le-Bow, where you’ll learn about the origins of a London cockney and a strong connection to the United States
  • St Mary Aldermary, an unusual gothic-style church with a stunning plasterwork ceiling
  • St James Garlickhythe, known as ‘Wren’s Lantern’
  • St Michael Paternoster Royal, associated with Dick Whittington
  • St Stephen Walbook, with its impressive dome and stunning Henry Moore font

The walk ends near Bank Station and lasts a little under 2 hours. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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@Greenwich: 300 Years of Wren

Posted on: October 19th, 2022 by wrenEditor

‘If you seek his monument – look around you’. You need look no further than the Baroque designs of the Old Royal Naval College to see the impact of Sir Christopher Wren on this country.

To commemorate the tercentenary of the death of Sir Christopher Wren, a special tour has been devised looking at the outstanding impact he made on this site. Join our expert guides to learn about this polymath, architect and genius – an extraordinary man of his time and for all time.

Find out about his troubled beginnings and follow his illustrious career through the years as you wander around the grounds he designed. Discover the secrets of the buildings and how Wren’s legacy continues to resonate today.

Wren and Greenwich – Origins and Legacies

Posted on: September 23rd, 2022 by wrenAdmin

On these three one-day walking tours of the Royal Hospital and other buildings at Greenwich we celebrate the architecture of Sir Christopher Wren by looking at the buildings themselves. The Royal Hospital is an English Baroque masterpiece, but it forms an ensemble with nearby buildings such as the Queen’s House, Royal Observatory and St Alphege’s Church, that are almost unique in London in forming what feels like a coherent development.

Alongside the stunning work of Wren himself, the list of designers involved in the Hospital reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the most renowned seventeenth and eighteenth-century architects, all of whom either worked with Wren or were influenced by him. We will also look at the work of Inigo Jones in Greenwich to see how he influenced Wren. These are full day events, ending at 4pm.