St Mary-le-Strand  

 
 
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The parish of St Mary le Strand may lay a good claim to being one of the oldest parishes in London but the current building dates back to 1711 when an Act of Parliament was passed for building 50 New Churches in the fast expanding suburbs of London. The church stands on a prominent site, what is now a traffic island to the north of Somerset House, at the eastern end of the Strand. One of the so-called 'Queen Anne Churches' - along with Hawksmoor's Christ Church Spitalfields, and St George's, Hanover Square - St Mary le Strand, designed by Scottish architect James Gibbs, features extravagant Baroque ornamentation on the exterior and lavish plasterwork inside - best seen through the mirrors supplied. After studying in Rome Gibbs brought his Italianate architecture to England through commissions for a new building at King's College, Cambridge; The Radcliffe Camera, in Oxford; and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. St Mary le Strand became the Official Church of the Women's Royal Naval Service in 1982 and the church retains its strong connection with the Wrens.

 

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Rosewood London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
252 High Holborn, WC1V | 8 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Located in High Holborn, Rosewood London is the most luxurious hotel in the area and is nearby to the capital's main business district and a number ... More
 
 
 
Corinthia Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
Whitehall Place, SW1A | 10 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
With 294 bedrooms, multi-level penthouse suites and terraces offering spectacular views of the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall - the £300 million restoration of the ... More
 
 
 
The Montague on the Gardens
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
15 Montague Street, WC1B | 13 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Overlooking the gardens of Montague Garden Square, this sedate hotel has a peaceful feel even though the British Museum is right next door and Covent Garden's ... More
 
 
 
 
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St Clement Danes
London > Useful Numbers > Places of Worship
Strand, Holborn, London WC2R | 3 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
For a child-friendly atmosphere in the heart of London, head along to St Clement Danes - especially in the run-up to Easter when they hold their ... More
 
 
 
Queens Chapel of the Savoy
London > Useful Numbers > Places of Worship
Savoy Hill, Savoy Street, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 3 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
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Buddhapadipa Temple (Thai Temple)
London > Useful Numbers > Places of Worship
14 Calonne Road Wimbledon LONDON, SW19 | 7.2 miles from St Mary-le-Strand
Buddhist temple set in idyllic grounds. The first Buddhist temple in the United Kingdom lies hidden away on a residential street on the edge of Wimbledon Park. ... More
 
 
 
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The Play That Goes Wrong
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 18th June 2021 to 30th January 2022 - Various Times
St Mary-le-Strand, Catherine Street, WC2B | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Award-winning company Theatre Mischief presents a hilarious play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society staging a murder mystery, which is beset by a malfunctioning set, waylaid props, ...More
 
 
 
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The Woman In Black
London > Events > Film Events  Dates: 7th September 2021 to 2nd April 2022 - Various Times
St Mary-le-Strand, Russell Street, WC2B | 4 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Robin Herford directs Stephen Mallatratt's stage adaptation of Susan Hill's creepy novel about an emotionally scarred lawyer obsessed with the idea of a family curse. The ...More
 
 
 
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 25th June 2021 to 13th February 2022 - Various Times
St Mary-le-Strand, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B | 7 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
The fairy tale heroine shall go the royal ball when Laurence Connor directs a musical comedy with a book by Emerald Fennel, music by Andrew Lloyd ...More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute ... More
 
 
 
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Novello Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Built in 1905 to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych Theatre, the Novello Theatre (formerly known as the Strand Theatre) is one of London's more ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Royal Drury Lane
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
London's oldest theatre is also its most spectacular, with a palatial auditorium that is among the most impressive in the world. The first theatre on this ... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House: Embankment Galleries
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Opened on 24th April 2008, the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House offer 750 square metres of exhibition space where the Hermitage Rooms used to be. Exhibitions ... More
 
 
 
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The Courtauld Institute Of Art
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Manet's 'Bar at the Folies-Bergeres', Van Gogh's 'Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear' and Renoir's 'La Loge' are just a few of the celebrated ... More
 
 
 
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The Store Studios
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
180 The Strand, WC2R | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
A creative space and broadcast studios housed in a Brutalist building, Store Studios, 180 The Strand launched in October 2016 with 'The ... More
 
 
 
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The Albion Emporium
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
As British as a bacon buttie, buying your groceries at The Albion Emporium is like getting first dibs on Mrs Beeton's pantry. A bastion of Britishness, ... More
 
 
 
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Primrose Bakery
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
If cupcakes are you cup of tea then head to the Covent Garden outlet of Primrose Bakery, a family owned enterprise which makes the most scrumptious ... More
 
 
 
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Penhaligon's
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
41 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
For a sweet-smelling, sensory overload, Penhaligon's has to be the place to go. From the original Hammam Bouquet to the Winston Churchill's favourite - the Blenheim ... More
 
 
 
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India Club
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 1 minute from St Mary-le-Strand
Originally the home of the Curry Club set up in 1962, the India Club feels like it hasn't changed since Asian food introduced to this country ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square
London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
148 The Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 1 minute from St Mary-le-Strand
Thai cuisine. ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square
London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
148 The Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 1 minute from St Mary-le-Strand
This branch of Thai Square located on The Strand is close to Covent Garden and Charing Cross Station, making it convenient for theatre-goers or for a ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 3 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 7 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 6 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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Lincoln's Inn Fields
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Holborn, Holborn, London WC2A | 7 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
The largest public square in London, Lincoln's Inn Fields has a rich and varied history. In 1683 it was the site of the public beheading of ... More
 
 
 
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Sense Spa at Rosewood London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V | 7 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Launched in November 2013, the Sense Spa at Rosewood London is a sanctuary within central London. With Rosewood being an award-winning signature spa brand, visitors can ... More
 
 
 
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Edgar Wallace
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Essex Street, Holborn, London WC2R | 3 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 6 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House Terrace
London > Nightlife > Bars
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
For summer 2019 the riverside terrace next to Somerset House is partnering with San Miguel beer to offer a summery menu of Spanish-inspired ... More
 
 
 
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Proud Embankment
London > Nightlife >
8 Victoria Embankment, WC2R | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Baz Luhrmann meets Cirque du Soleil at Proud Embankment, an immersive cabaret-dining experience and the largest club of its kind in ... More
 
 
 
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The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, the Lobby Bar at the chic One Aldwych hotel is renowned ... More
 
 
 
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Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House South Wing Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Enjoy a luxury cruise on the Silver Fleet. Departing from the Savoy Pier and cruising along the Thames. A classy way to see the Thames.... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, ... More
 
 
 
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Two Temple Place
London > Business > Venue Hire
Two Temple Place, Holborn, London WC2R | 4 minutes from St Mary-le-Strand
With its castle like façade and a striking interior, Two Temple Place is one of London's most prestigious settings for corporate and private events. As well ... More
 
 
 
 

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