jamie goode's wine blog: St Pauls to the Tate Modern

Monday, March 05, 2007

St Pauls to the Tate Modern

Last Friday I made a lunchtime visit to St Paul's cathedral, which I haven't been in for ages - in fact, not since a school visit, perhaps 25 years ago. Fortunately, a friend had a free pass, otherwise the entry ticket would have set me back a cool 10. Ouch.
What do you get for your money? A spectacular, almost mind blowingly perfectly constructed cathedral, but the ambience is a bit spoiled by people shifting tacky-looking chairs around and modern-styled poster displays in the wings...it just seems a bit noisy and functional.
The climb up to the whispering gallery and beyond is rewarding, but for some reason there's a ban on all photography inside the church. Now I understand the ban on flash photography, but even discrete flashless digital photography results in stewards shouting at you (...how do I know that?) Above is a picture of the Tate Modern viewed from St Pauls, and then one looking back from the Tate Modern (taken at last year's New Douro tasting).

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At 2:42 PM, Blogger Jan-Tore Egge said...

Have they started charging entrance fees in other London churches, too?

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Jan-Tore, dunno - suspect Westminster Abbey will have an entrance fee, otherwise they're probably free.


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