St Dunstan in the East - City of London
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A peaceful moment at St Dunstan in the East

Visitor information

St Dunstan in the East, St Dunstan's Hill, London, EC3R 5DD

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Entrances via Idol Lane and St Dunstan's Hill.

Opening hours

Open all year round from 8am to 7pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Travel information

By tube

Tower Hill
Tower Hill

By bus

15, 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 42, 47, 48, 78, 133, 141, 149, 344, 521

Guidelines for filming and photography

Anyone wishing to use St Dunstan in the East for filming or photoshoots should seek permission first and pay the appropriate fee. Individuals are welcome to take photographs for their own use.

Please see the Filming in the City pages for more information, and apply directly with Film App.
For wedding photography and events please see the events and green space hire page.

Hire this garden

St Dunstan in the East is available to hire for events with up to 45 attendees, including family celebrations, receptions, wedding photography and charity events. The garden is not licensed for weddings or civil partnerships.


  • Beautiful and scenic former church and churchyard with remains of its walls and memorials
  • Grade II-listed status
  • Total area of 1,065m2
  • Hard standing area of 360m2, of which 90m2 is available for event hire
  • No toilet facilities

Applying for hire

To look into hiring St Dunstan in the East, please see our events application page.

Available times

St Dunstan in the East is available for hire Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm.

Some events may be restricted on Sundays - please discuss with our City Gardens team.


St Dunstan in the East has certain byelaws which will need to be followed. We're happy to advise you of byelaws during the application process.


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, Drimys winteri. Its leaves are high in Vitamin C and were once eaten to prevent scurvy.

10 May 2012
Last Modified:
02 October 2017