St Paul’s Cathedral isn’t just massive, it’s also intricate. Beyond the public areas lurks a complex network of passages, rooms, stairs and voids that would (and did) keep Lara Croft happy for weeks. So labyrinthine is this building that even its chief surveyor admits there are rooms he’s not yet visited.
We were lucky enough to be given a private tour of some of these spaces. We clambered over the roof, onto the ledges, met the conservators, visited the bell chamber and — most oddly of all — passed through the ‘Sick Room’, which has always smelled of vomit and nobody knows why.
We’re working on a short video of the experience, which will be available soon. For now, enjoy a few photos from the bits of St Paul’s that very few people get to see.
While most of the areas shown above are off-limits, the cathedral organises regular tours of some of the larger ‘behind the scenes’ spaces, including the library, ‘Hogwarts’ staircase and giant model of St Paul’s. More info on those can be found here. The main parts of the Cathedral can, of course, be visited any time during normal opening hours, and it remains — first and foremost — a busy working church.
With thanks to Ed Holmes and Oliver Caroe from St Paul’s for the fascinating tour.