Marvel at St Brides’ ancient relics & wedding cake spire

London, Greater London

Take the time to admire the beauty of Wren's St Brides Church, both inside and out.

The magnificent tiered spire of St Bride’s church on Bride Lane is thought to be the inspiration behind the modern-day wedding cake.

The story goes that in the early part of the 19th century, a pastry chef from Fleet Street called Mr Rich copied Wren’s unusual design when creating a cake for his daughter’s wedding.  The fact that it is the church of St Bride is mere coincidence, it being named after St Bride of Kildare – a sixth-century saint.

Today visitors can visit the crypt, see the 'trompe l'oeil' behind the Altar and explore the Medieval Chapel. The Church also houses the Museum of Fleet Street containing ancient relics unearthed by the London Blitz.

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