Hachette UK: St Paul’s Survives

The rooftop garden of book publisher Hachette UK on Victoria Embankment has a history all of its own.

It was there, on the night of 29/30 December 1940 as German warplanes bombarded London, that photo-journalist Herbert Mason took this iconic photograph of St Paul's Cathedral.

He said of the moment:

"I focused at intervals as the great dome loomed up through the smoke. Glares of many fires and sweeping clouds of smoke kept hiding the shape. Then a wind sprang up. Suddenly, the shining cross, dome and towers stood out like a symbol in the inferno. The scene was unbelievable. In that moment or two I released my shutter."

The following morning, his photo became instantly famous as a symbol of British resilience and courage.

In recognition of the history of the rooftop, we positioned a large scale print of this image at the top of the stairs, just before the doors onto the terrace from where you can see the Dome of St Paul’s in all its magnificence.


I didn't think Carmelite House could get any better. It just has.

Tim Hely Hutchinson, Chairman, Hachette UK

St Paul’s Survives / St. Pauls
St Paul’s Survives / St. Pauls

Hachette UK: St Paul’s Survives

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