In 1821, had a person looked up at the summit of St Paul’s Cathedral, a wonderous sight would have greeted their eyes.
While secular law prevails and causes millions to ascribe a pencil cross on a slip of paper this coming Thursday, another election will also take place, of a religious variety.
In 1778, a new chapel opened on the edges of the City of London for the new Christian movement known as the Methodists, and it’s still there, just down the road from Old Street tube station, with a museum in its basement.
A touch under 140 years ago, a new church was consecrated in the fast-growing area of Kennington with a mighty steeple that remains to this day the tallest in South London.
Just around the corner from Bank tube station, an exhibition exploring the fleeting nature of life and the spectre of death has opened, appropriately enough for the topic, in an old church.
Peeking out above the shops and offices just to the North of Oxford Street can be found one of the great hidden marvels of English church building.
On the 7th December 1992, a Victorian gothic church on top of a hill in Dulwich burnt down, following an arson attack.
There sits underneath the forecourt of Charing Cross railway station a hidden marvel, the remains of a Hawksmoor designed church that is today sealed off and hidden — except for one prominent and often misattributed visible sign of its existence.
Just behind Debenhams on Oxford Street can be found a building that looks like a church, but isn’t. A building that was consecrated, but not as a church, even though it is used for worship.
A quiet haven of peace sits on blood-stained land opposite Hyde Park. A living memorial to those who died for their beliefs in more troubled times.
I found a rather curious little series on Channel 4 a few weeks ago and recently finished watching the last of the six half-hour episodes.
Nestled in amongst the back streets of posh Mayfair you can find one of London’s greatest Gothic Revival churches.