Church bells have long communicated important information to the surrounding community, creating a sound neighborhood. The community relied on the sound neighborhood to learn of events such as weddings, births and deaths, impending danger, church services, and the curfew. The bells thus provided communal identity. This paper reviews the sound neighborhood created by the bells of the church of St. Mary‐le‐Bow in the City of London, popularly known as “Bow Bells.” The ringing of these bells has for centuries defined London's Cockneys and has featured in London's folklore and history since the 14th century. The current status of the soundscape is presented. Sound examples are given. This paper also discusses the future of the soundscape of church bells in light of current societal changes.