What a wonderful afternoon and evening was had by Marketors and their guests as they took part in a private tour of St Paul’s. There were 40 of us on the tour split into two groups led by expert guides to areas not all normally accessible by the general public. This included ‘the attic’ where a wealth of St Paul’s past is stored, the library currently undergoing restoration so devoid of books, that famous Harry Potter staircase – which most recently featured in Paddington Bear and of course the not to be missed Whispering Gallery.
We were the first people to step on the library’s parquet flooring for 120 years as it had just been revealed following the removal of the lino that had been covering it. And some of our party - the very adventurous (fit) took advantage of a climb to what seemed like the very top of St Paul’s - there were certainly a lot of staircases and steps!
The guides were impressive in their knowledge of St Paul’s and brought to life its history and that of its predecessors the latest of which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, paving the way for St Christopher Wren’s stunning baroque inspired architecture.
And for many the highlight of the tour was the privilege to sit with the St Paul’s Choir during Evensong, something so magical and emotive that it’s beyond description.
The afternoon was then very nicely celebrated with a superb supper at the Coppa Club just a stone’s throw away from the magnificent St Paul’s.