Things to do nearby

Attendees of both the conference and the gala dinner will have an interval between 16.30- 18.45 in which they will have an opportunity to explore the local area.

The Society of Editors has provided some suggestions below to help you plan your day:

  1. Tour of St Brides:

St Brides are pleased to offer delegates an opportunity to tour its Church, the spiritual home of the media.

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.  There is no charge for the tour but they do ask for donations.  The tour will take about an hour (5 – 6pm).

Details are below.  If you wish to book please contact Angela,


As you enter St Bride’s Church from Fleet Street, you are immediately aware of two things: firstly, that this is a building of great beauty and tranquillity and, secondly, that this is a place steeped in history.

Now renowned as the Journalists’ church, the printed word spread learning and knowledge from its precincts; the arts flourished around it; little of importance that has happened in English history has not had an echo in St Bride’s.

In this church there is evidence of a Roman burial to the Christian rite; a Celtic-Romano settlement and a well; the marks left by the Saxons and Normans. Here King John held his parliament and Wynkyn de Worde brought his printing press in 1500. St Bride’s was Henry VIII’s parish church and the Book of Common Prayer was first used here. Samuel Pepys was baptised at St Bride’s and Benjamin Franklin designed a lightning conductor for our unique “Wedding Cake” steeple. The current church is the eighth on the site and one of Wren’s finest achievements.

Our trained guides are all members of the congregation and will give you a personal insight into the church and its history as one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in London. This includes a visit to the extensive exhibition in our crypt which was only discovered after the church was bombed and revealed another thousand years of history.


  1. The Tate Modern:

Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the bank of the Thames, the Tate Modern is London’s free national museum of modern and contemporary art is situated just 0.4 miles away from Stationer’s Hall.


Entrance for the gallery is free and include the works of Matisse, Dali, Pollock and Matisse. There are charges for events/ special exhibitions.

The gallery is open until 6pm on November 12.

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  1. Leadenhall Market:

Situated just under a mile from Stationer’s Hall Leadenhall Market is a beautiful covered Victorian market which boasts some impressive architecture, as well as plenty bars and pubs.


The market itself is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from Stationer’s Hall and is open 24 hours. Opening hours of pubs, bars and shops within it vary.

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  1. Barbican Centre

Based close to the Barbican tube station in an iconic 1960s concrete build, the Barbican Centre is one of the UK’s leading art and theatre venues.  Art exhibits are free and there are several spaces to socialise and enjoy a drink.  


The Barbican Centre is located on Silk Street, a 15-minute walk away from Stationers’ Hall.

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