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St Paul's Cathedral opens hidden library sleepover for just £7

by Lydia Davies

St. Paul's Cathedral has unveiled a rare opportunity for literature enthusiasts, in honour of World Book Day. 

The historic London landmark has made its "secret" library available for a "once-in-a-lifetime" overnight retreat, at a cost of just £7. On the evening of 15th March, two guests will have the opportunity of residing within the cathedral's concealed library—a space not opened for overnight accommodation since the era of World War Two, when volunteers sought refuge amidst the bombings. 

Nestled within the cathedral's walls, the hidden repository harbours over 22,000 books. 

During the stay, the guests will enter the cathedral through the dean's door and climb the spiral staircase, designed by English architect Sir Christopher Wren more than 300 years ago. 

They will be welcomed to the venue by the dean and receive an exclusive tour of the historic cathedral, including a climb of its famous dome. 

Sandra Lynes Timbrell, the director of visitor engagement at St. Paul's, has lauded the library as a hidden gem, concealed within the cathedral's architectural marvels.  

She told the BBC, "Some very fortunate guests will now get the chance to delve deeper into the history and wonder of St. Paul's with this truly one-of-a-kind stay." 

This opportunity, inclusive of dinner and breakfast, can be secured through an online booking platform commencing 12th March. 


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