St Paul’s Cathedral is one of my favourite places in London. With it’s iconic dome, awe-inspiring interior and panoramic views, I think it’s a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Normally you’re not allowed to take photographs inside the cathedral, so when I heard about these special late openings where they would be allowing photography, I immediately snapped up tickets.
The Reformation of the 16th century was a series of events by which the Church of England broke away from the Roman Catholic Church. When St Paul’s Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 it became the first post-Reformation Cathedral built in England. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Cathedral held two special late openings.
I’d never visited the Cathedral at night before and was surprised at how different it looks without light streaming through the windows. The low lighting made it a lot more challenging to photograph.
The Whispering Gallery was also open to visitors during the Reformation Lates evenings. You weren’t allowed to take photos up there for safety reasons but it’s worth the climb to see the dome up close and take in the view of the cathedral from above.
I’d highly recommend attending one of these evenings if you get the opportunity. In addition to being able to take photos, the cost of a ticket is cheaper than if you were to visit during normal hours. Entry to St Paul’s Cathedral normally costs £18, but a ticket for Reformation Lates was £10. I expect they’ll have a series of summer late openings, as do a lot of London museums and attractions.