Insiders' Tip: St Bartholomew the Great

Secret London: Saints and Sinners

London is full of glittering secrets. Here are just two to explore by day and by night…


Saint: St Bart's Church, West Smithfield, EC1A 9DS
St. Bartholomew the Great was founded in 1123 and still retains much of its Norman interior. As London’s oldest surviving church, it has proved a popular set for scenes in some of Britain’s favourite films, including Four Weddings and a Funeraland Shakespeare in LoveVisit: The Advent Carol service is on 27 November at 6.30pm. 


Sinner: CellarDoor, Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7DN
CellarDoor prides itself on being an old Victorian lavatory, allegedly frequented by Oscar Wilde and John Gielgud. With a capacity of just 60 people, drag queens, cabaret, jazz and snuff all pump energy through the arteries of this perfectly-hidden gem.

Words by Lucy Chiswell. The Iris Letter November 2016.