Location: St Dunstan Hill, London, UK [MAP]
Designer: Sir Christopher Wren
Project Type: Public Garden, Religious, Ruins
Completion Date: 1697
Access: Monument is the closest tube stop. Walk down Eastcheap, which turns into Great Tower Street. Take a right onto St Dunstan Hill, walk about 50m and the church will be on your right.
St Dunstan-in-the East a church with a long history. Sir Christopher Wren can be credited with this creation, built after the Great Fire of London in 1697, which had destroyed the previous. Unfortunately it was damaged during the Blitz, and has since taken on a new life as a public open green space. This church feels like something you would stumble across in a more tropical climate, and not the back streets of London’s business centre. Exotic planting, such as figs, palms, banana plants and grape vines have consumed and wrap themselves around the ruined structure, similar to the Cambodian temples, though on a much smaller scale.
All that remains of the Church are the thick walls and Wrens Tower – the interior has been transformed into a peaceful, reflective space, where locals come to read a book or find that moment of calm in one of the world’s busiest cities.