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
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.
London Bridge, SE1 9DA
Telephone: 020 7367 6700
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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’.
Cathedral Piazza, Victoria Street, SW1P 1QW
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
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
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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