St Dunstan-in-the-East

In one form or another, St Dunstan-in-the-East has been around since 1100. Who would have thought a church blown up in the blitz could be a little place of tranquillity in the city?

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Well used by city-folk on their lunch-breaks.

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Sky garden looming over like an uninvited guest.

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Sky Garden , 20 Fenchurch Street

Some people call this building the “Walkie Talkie”, others the  “Walkie Scorchie” but one thing is for sure, 20 Fenchurch Street has the most amazing views of London.

And the Sky Garden is just that, tropics in the sky , 37 floors up.
Well worth a visit, very relaxing. I spent about 45 minutes here, but could have done in less if time was an issue. I hear they have a yoga class at 6 am.

Tickets must be booked in advance, there is no charge, but you must bring ID.

Sky Garden
20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 4BA
http://20fenchurchstreet.co.uk/sky-garden.html
Cost: Free
Note: Book in Advance

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret.

A twisty turny wooden staircase will lead you into the roof of St Thomas’ Church, Southwark.
Here you will find the oldest operating theatre in Europe (built 1822) and the Herb Garret (built 1703), used by the hospital’s apothecary to store and cure herbs.

The operating theatre was in use up until 1862 until the hospital was relocated, and then it lay hidden, for nearly a hundred years .

Wonderfully atmospheric, beautiful Herb Garret, slightly eerie operating theatre (and tools). Interesting to imagine a time when anaesthetics and antibiotics had not yet been discovered.

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The Old Operating Theatre
9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY (One minute from London Bridge Underground)
Open:10:30 – 5pm Daily
Website: http://www.thegarret.org.uk/
Cost Adult: £6.50

Benjamin Franklin House

Step back in time to 1757…

Benjamin Franklin’s London lodgings, near Charing Cross,  have been lovingly restored to their former glory.  Take a “Museum as a Theatre” experience to be guided around the house by actors in costume.

Fascinating, so much condensed into a theatrical show with actors, audio and video. Scientist, Politician, Founding Father. I am left wanting to know more!

Tour takes 45-50 minutes.

Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NF
Website: http://www.benjaminfranklinhouse.org
Cost Adult: £7 – Pre-book ticket online