St Bartholomew

London Corners: Rahere’s Sandals

Hospital wards often seem to have obscure names. St Bartholomew’s  is London’s oldest hospital, and still has a Rahere Ward – but who was Rahere? Behind Smithfield is the 12th century church of St Bart’s, and in the chapel is the tomb of Rahere, a tonsured monk who entertained King Henry I as a jester. […]

Charging For Churches

Along with London theatres, political sites and gentlemen’s clubs, churches are among the last buildings to remain fundamentally unchanged in the capital. But while theatres charge a fortune (West End prices have trebled in less than a decade) and clubs are monetising themselves (the venerable Arts club in Dover Street elected Gwyneth Paltrow and became […]