St Dunstan in the East

This weekend I spent an hour reading my book in the glorious setting of St Dunstan in the East. Originally built in 1100, the church has undergone various (sometimes unintentional) alterations over the centuries, including the addition of a south aisle in 1391, damage from the 1666 great fire of London and the addition of a steeple and tower by Sir Christopher Wren in 1695. ┬áIn fact, all that remains fully intact is Wren’s tower, which surprisingly survived the Blitz in the 1940s, unlike the rest of the church. The remaining ruins only heighten St Dunstan as a serene and magical place, full of history and charm and a haven from the chaos of central London.