London is one of the best cities in the world for tourists and visitors.
It has everything you could possibly need for a city break; there is culture in abundance, an incredible arts and performance scene, some of the best restaurants in the world call London home, and it is jam packed with iconic and beautiful architectural wonders.
With a 2,000 year history, it should come as no surprise that London has a lot to offer. The city has many stories to tell; stories of war, revolution, disaster, conflict, love and prosperity. No where are these stories more apparent than the gorgeous churches that scatter the city.
London’s churches offer us a window into the past, they act as community pillars and tell stories that would otherwise be long forgotten.
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There are many, many churches in London, so how on earth are you supposed to know which are the absolute best?
Well here is a little list of the churches that we think are unmissable for their beauty and history.
Let’s take a look.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s is one of the most iconic buildings on London’s skyline, but is also an architectural marvel.
The dome stands at a staggering 111 metres tall, making it one of the largest freestanding domes in the world.
The building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the great fire of London destroyed the previous iteration.
Inside the cathedral is a mix of religious art and truly incredible decor, as well as the very cool ‘Whispering Gallery’ where even the quietest sound can travel up to 30 metres thanks to the perfect acoustics.
It’s also home to the ‘Golden Gallery’ where you’ll find one of the most staggering views of London going.
You’ll likely recognise Westminster Abbey as the location of the Royal wedding between Kate and Wills.
This truly stunning gothic church is one of the finest examples of the style on earth, and will truly blow you away the first time you see it with your own eyes.
When visiting the building you can also stop off and pay your respects at the graves of several notable figures like Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking.
Westminster Cathedral is often confused with the Abbey just down the road- although only in name are they similar.
Westminster Cathedral is one of the most unique churches in the city, thanks to its red brick and marble exterior, and gigantic tower. There are actually over 120 different types of marble used on the building’s facade, and the effect created is simply stunning.
Southwark Cathedral is another building that could lay a claim to being the most historic church in the city.
The church as we know it now was founded in 1897, although there has been a religious building of some sort on that site for over 1,000 years.
Southwark also had a very well known member of its congregation- none other than William Shakespeare.
The bard and his brother would regularly attend mass here, thanks to the building’s proximity to the Globe Theatre. William’s brother Edmund can actually be found in the graveyard outside. There are several dedications to the brothers within the church, including a stained glass window.
St. Martin in the Fields
St. Martin’s is one of the more striking churches in the city, although it is often overlooked.
It stands on the north western corner of Trafalgar Square, and is dwarfed by the likes of the National Gallery, Admiralty Arch and Nelson’s column. But those who look closer will see its magnificence.
The neoclassical style is offset by the large clock tower, and the massive columns form a huge entryway beneath.
Below the building, the crypt has been emptied of coffins (thank goodness) and turned into an awesome cafe, where you’ll find good food and live music.
St. Mary Abbots Church
St. Mary’s is another that boasts an impressive architectural styling.
Notable for its mixing of neo-gothic and early-english stylings this gorgeous building boasts a host of sculpture work, gargoyles and a truly stunning bell tower.
It is one of the churches that you simply have to stop and admire when walking down the street.
The Holy Trinity church makes this list due to its sheer size and individual beauty. It utilises the same Neo-Byzantine style as Westminster Cathedral, but has a grandeur that sets it apart.
The gigantic glass works that front the building are truly gorgeous, and if you venture inside you’ll find arches shooting into the heavens around you, and some of the most beautiful stained glass works in the city.
St. Dunstan in the East
St. Dunstan in the East may be a bit of a cheat on this list, as it is no longer actually a church- it’s more of a garden.
The church was ruined by the Great Fire of London, and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren like many other parts of the city. Sadly it was then destroyed again during the war and left abandoned this time.
Until the 1970s when it was decided that the ruin, and Wren’s remaining bell tower, should be turned into a public garden.
Now it stands as one of the most enchanting and wondrous places in the city.
The Beauty of London’s Buildings
No one can deny that London is home to some pretty fantastic buildings. There are many world famous structures here, but the absolute cream of the crop is the city’s churches.
These buildings listed above are incredibly old, incredibly important locations. They tell long lost stories and provide hope and pleasure for those who visit them.
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