has anybody gone to services at either st. paul's or Westminster?
Evensong at Westminster. Love it and plan to go again next month. Never think you can wander around like a tourist but just being in that beautiful place when it so quiet is really something.
Yes. Both. What's the question?
Me too...wonderful experiences that use the buildings for the purpose they were designed. You should go but if you want to see the sights in the church you need to go during the hours they are open to tourists. You aren't allowed to look around before, during, or after the services. You're ushered in and then out.
Westminster Abbey has a late afternoon service (gosh, I can't remember if it's vespers or evensong) and if you attend it you don't have to pay the usual entry fee. However, you are expected to sit / stand / kneel and participate in the service, not wander about looking at the sights. The music was beautiful and the kids in the choir adorable.
Our challenge was finding the entrance after coming out of the Underground. It's right near the Houses of Parliament so there's a fair amount of security. We only barely made it inside as the service was starting.
Highlight of my maiden trip to London was the Sunday morning communion service at Westminster. I will absolutely do that again whenever I can go back. It was shorter than a typical service and they do use the communal cup for all so know that going in. It was such a lovely way to see even a small part of the Abbey during a trip that was short on time.
I'll be at a special service at Peterborough Cathedral this afternoon.