Paternoster Square in the City of London is a great place to take a stroll, perhaps grab a coffee, and enjoy the old and new buildings that surround it. Not least of these is the neighbouring St. Paul’s Cathedral.
And on a rainy afternoon in early January, this normally buzzing open space can be quiet and peaceful. A place to take a breath in the heart of the City.
During the Blitz of 1940-41, London was pounded by German bombs. In the City of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral suffered only minor damage, relatively speaking (learn more in Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London). But the area surrounding Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece was largely destroyed.
The ugly 1960s redevelopment of the area north of the cathedral, off Paternoster Row, was hugely criticised, most famously by Prince Charles. This paved the way (no pun intended) for a re-redevelopment of Paternoster Square.
I don’t know what Prince Charles thinks of the final result, but I really like it. Paternoster Square today is open and airy, and combines buildings and designs from a variety of periods and styles. And as I said, it provides spectacular views of St. Paul’s!
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