The juxtaposition between old and new in the City is everywhere, and most strikingly between old churches, some of them pre the Great Fire of London of 1666, and towering office blocks.
You would think that the money markets and the churches would make uncomfortable neighbours, but not a bit of it.
Most companies have links with local churches. Netball teams from the various banks compete in the churchyard of St Botolph Bishopsgate; Lloyd’s choir sings at St Katherine Cree. Each church hosts carol services for the companies large and small.
During the rest of the year there are busy lunchtime services and talks, bible reading classes, chances for City workers to get from behind their desks and meet.
It seems to work.
St Andrew Undershaft
All Hallows London Wall
St Stephen Walbrook
Great St Helen’s