St Dunstan in the East, St, Dunstan's Hill, London, EC3R 5DD
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Open all year round from 8am to 7pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Guidelines for filming and photography in City Gardens
Anyone wishing to use St Dunstan in the East as a film location or for commercial photography should seek permission first and pay the appropriate fee.
Private individuals are welcome to take photographs for their own use. A fee is payable for wedding photography.
Find out more about filming and photography in City Gardens or contact the City Gardens Team for more information.
The Church of St Dunstan was originally built around 1100 and is a Grade I listed building. A new south aisle was added in 1391 and was repaired in 1631. It was severely damaged in 1666 by the Great Fire of London. Rather than being completely built it was patched up. A steeple and tower was added in 1695-1701 by Sir Christopher Wren.
The Church was again severely damaged in the Blitz of 1941. Wren’s tower and steeple survived the bombing. During the re-organisation of the Anglican Church after World war II it was decided not to rebuild St Dunstan’s.
In 1967 the City of London decided to turn the remains into a public garden, which opened in 1970. Maintenance and improvement works took place in spring 2015 which new planting throughout the garden to revitalise this popular space.
You really will feel secluded in this gem of a City Garden. Those with green fingers will appreciate the range of plants wending their way around the ruins, an unusual plant in the lower garden is Winter's bark, Drimy winteri. Its leaves are high in Vitamin C and were once eaten to prevent scurvy.