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Our guide to London: Religious Sites

Westminster Abbey

The resting place of the royals and venue for all but two coronations since the time of William the Conqueror, Westminster Abbey is one of the most visited churches in the Christian world.  It is a stunning building, full of morose tombs and monuments.

St Paul’s Cathedral

This is the great masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren with a fine reputation for music and great state occasions have taken place here.  It has a superb baroque interior and many attractions.

St Martin-in-the-Fields

Located in the North East corner of Trafalgar Square, the church survived the Great Fire of London but was replaced by a new building in 1721.  The design by James Gibbs was widely criticised at the time but became popular later, particularly in the United States.

Brompton Oratory

Correctly named The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and situated in South Kensington next to the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Built in 1880 in the Italian Renaissance style it also draws on Roman Baroque and Wren.

Southwark Cathedral

Although the oldest of London’s great gothic churches with a history going back over 1,000 years, it has been a cathedral only since 1905.  Southwark Cathedral is also known as the only point from where you can see the complete curve of the River Thames between the cities of London and Westminster.

Temple Church

This unusual circular church was built in the 12th century for the Knights Templar, a crusading order.  Heavily damaged in WWII it has been restored.

Westminster Cathedral

This Roman Catholic cathedral dates from 1903 and boasts excellent views across London from its Bell Tower.

St Bartholemew-the-Great

A survivor of the Great Fire, this is an Anglican church in West Smithfield in the City of London and founded as an Augustinian Priory in 1123.  William Hogarth was baptised here in 1697.

St Bride’s

Built in 1672 by Sir Christopher Wren though largely gutted by fire during the Blitz in 1940.  Due to its location on Fleet Street it has been long associated with journalists and newspapers.  The second tallest of Wren’s churches.

All Souls

An Anglican Evangelical church situated in Marylebone and designed by John Nash, creator of Regent Street.  The church is built of Bath stone and the unique spire is made of 17 concave sides encircled by Corinthian columns.