The Journalists' Church

During our visit to London last fall, we downloaded a Rick Steves podcast walking tour that explored the nooks and crannies of The City - the old square mile that houses many of the London's oldest and most historic sites.

While I loved seeing well-known sites like St. Paul's Cathedral, one of my favorite spots was St. Bride's church - a beautiful Christopher Wren church with a "wedding cake" steeple that is hidden in a courtyard off of Fleet Street.

Known as "The Journalists' Church" - because of its proximity to Fleet Street, which for decades was the home of British tabloids and other media - the church offers a spiritual home to those who inform us, sometimes risking their lives to do so.

Such a refreshing thing- especially at a time when journalists are under attack - both literally and figuratively - from so many directions.

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Most pews and seats are sponsored by news outlets and journalists - or are memorials to those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

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Memorials and plaques like this throughout the church are somber reminders of the dangers journalists to face every day throughout the world.

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A pianist was rehearsing for a lunch hour concert during our visit. I look forward to going back and attending a worship service next time we are in London.

What are some of your favorite "hidden" spots you have discovered in your travels?