St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the highlights of any London trip. Designed by Christopher Wren after the original structure was destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666, the current cathedral is immediately recognizable due to its impressive crown-like dome.
Touring the inside of the church will set you back £16.50. There is a much more remarkable way to see the famous structure, however, and it won’t cost you a penny: attend Evensong.
Evensong is an evening worship service. It is completely free and open to the public. On weekdays it starts around 5 PM, and if you get there early enough you may be selected to sit in the Quire, or the clergy seats. You will tread where few people are ever allowed to set foot and sit on benches dating to the 17th century. You can glimpse the soaring ceilings and marvel at the intricate wood work of the clergy stalls while a beautiful choir sings beside you. Best of all, you’ll have an experience that virtually no tourist–or even local Londoner–has known.
No matter how you visit, note that photography is not permitted inside the church. Please also remember that St. Paul’s is a working place of worship.