Religious Buildings

 You do not have to be religious to admire the many interesting and historical buildings situated throughout the city.  We have selected a small range of what we think are the best to visit.

All Hallows by the Tower       

Byward Street, EC3R 5BJ

Telephone: 020 7481 2928

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Tower Hill    Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YRBGc

 All Hallows by the Tower is the oldest church in the City of London and a living church serving today's City community. 

The Crypt Museum within the church leads you on a fascinating journey through time, beginning with the Roman tessellated floor of a domestic house in the late 2nd Century and charting the history of the church, its people and the City of London.

Southwark Cathedral              

London Bridge, SE1 9DA

Telephone: 020 7367 6700

Admission: Free        

Underground/Train: London Bridge   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xaFO3

Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London and archaeological evidence shows there was Roman pagan worship there well before that.

The Guards' Chapel   

Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk SW1E 6HQ

Telephone: 0207 414 3229

Admission: Free     

Underground: St James's Park or Victoria

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/c8XKHYjePZy

The Chapel is open to members of the public Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm. Their weekly Sunday Service is at 11am. On Remembrance Sunday the service starts at 10:45am.

St Brides Church     

Fleet Street, EC4Y 8AU

Admission: Free                    

Underground: St Paul’s or Blackfriars   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/c8n1E

A beautiful Wren designed church, St Brides is the spiritual home of the media in the UK.  Recitals are held Tuesday and Thursday at 1.15pm.  The Crypt has a Roman mosaic pavement.

St Margaret’s Church     

St Margaret Street, SW1P 3JX

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Westminster   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/W7GqF

Standing as it does between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and commonly called "the parish church of the House of Commons", St Margaret's has witnessed many important events in the life of this country. This remains true in our own day but now, more than ever.

Free Newspapers?

London has a wide range of newspapers that you can pick up for free.  The main two are the Metro, which is published each weekday morning, and the London Evening Standard, which is published each weekday afternoon.

You can usually find dispensers for these papers at rail and underground stations.

 

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple            

105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden NW10 8LD

Admission: Free

Underground: Neasden Train: Stonebridge Park     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/gGQFZ

Nearly 3,000 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone, 1,200 tonnes of Italian Carrara marble and 900 tonnes of Indian Ambaji marble were hand-carved by over 1,500 skilled artisans in India then shipped to Neasden for assemble creating this unique temple.  There is limited free parking opposite the Temple and within the car park area there is vegetarian restaurant and a supermarket.

St Pauls Church – The Actors’ Church     

Bedford Street, WC2E

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Covent Garden   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/MHWGN

Built by Indigo Jones in 1663 and known as ‘The Actors’ Church’ due to its long association with the theatre community. They also hold free lunchtime concerts on Thursdays at 1pm.  Check their web site for dates of concerts.

Temple Church     

Temple, EC4

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Temple or Blackfriars   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jZh3z

Built in the late 12th Century for the Knights Templar the church was more recently featured in the novel and film ‘The Da Vinci Code’.

Westminster Cathedral     

Cathedral Piazza, Victoria Street, SW1P 1QW

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Westminster   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/gOcgp

Famous as the leading Catholic Cathedral in the United Kingdom (not to be confused with Westminster Abbey)

St Magnus the Martyr     

Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6DN

Telephone: 020 7626 4481

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Monument     Train: Cannon Street   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/8FuCd

The church welcome visitors from around the world, who come to marvel at the beautiful interior and to see the world-famous 4 metre long model of the old London Bridge, or listen to the celebrated new ring of bells.

The church is dedicated to St Magnus the Martyr, earl of Orkney, who died on 16 April 1118. He was executed on the island of Egilsay having been captured during a power struggle with his cousin, a political rival. Magnus had a reputation for piety and gentleness and was canonised in 1135.

Christ Church Spitalfields     

Commercial Street, EC1 6LY

Telephone: 020 7377 2440

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Liverpool Street or Aldgate East

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/AT27z

Visit Christ Church Spitalfields and you will be in the building declared by the Evening Standard in 2004 to be ‘The Best Building in London.’

It is home to a growing and lively church family, and during the week it welcomes 1000’s of tourists, pilgrims and visitors into it’s interior.

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