Middle Temple and Temple Church
They welcome public visits; entry is £5 (free if you’re visiting for prayer or are under 18).
The cash-lined streets of the City of London aren’t known for being quiet places to relax and unwind. But among the shiny high-rise offices and chain sandwich shops sit peaceful nooks and historic corners that yearn to be explored. And when the offices and trendy bars shut their doors for the weekend, the Square Mile is so deserted that not even Pret bothers to open again until Monday morning (yes, it’s *that* quiet).
Christchurch Greyfriars was once one of the largest churches in the City of London (second only to St Paul’s) and the burial site of four queens. The original church was destroyed during the Great Fire of London, and Christopher Wren’s smaller replacement was almost completely destroyed during World War II, before the site was turned into a dramatic and beautiful rose garden that mimics the layout of the church.
Fun fact: Wren’s tower is now a swanky 10-storey home.