Churches - Archive Articles

The history and architecture of churches across London and southeast England.

Chelesea’s unusual Moravian burial ground
Chelesea’s unusual Moravian burial ground

Chelesea’s unusual Moravian burial ground

Not easy to find in Chelsea as it's hidden behind high Tudor brick walls is an unusual burial ground - for the Moravian Church.

May
12
Tickets Alert: Tours of St Alfege Greenwich’s church crypt
Tickets Alert: Tours of St Alfege Greenwich’s church crypt

Tickets Alert: Tours of St Alfege Greenwich’s church crypt

Sitting in the heart of Greenwich town centre is the imposing St Alfege Church, and they've started offering semi-regular tours of the crypt underneath the church.

Mar
29
Visit London’s Ukrainian Cathedral
Visit London’s Ukrainian Cathedral

Visit London’s Ukrainian Cathedral

For obvious, and less obvious reasons, right now is a very good time to pay a visit to the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in London, which can be found just off Oxford Street in central London.

Mar
16
Tours of a restored neo-gothic church – St Mary Magdalene Paddington
Tours of a restored neo-gothic church – St Mary Magdalene Paddington

Tours of a restored neo-gothic church – St Mary Magdalene Paddington

A neo-gothic church with a remarkable ceiling that was falling into ruin, and was recently restored is now open for regular tours.

Feb
25
The unexpected interior of the City Temple
The unexpected interior of the City Temple

The unexpected interior of the City Temple

Sitting next to the Holborn Viaduct is a grand Victorian church, with a totally modern interior.

Feb
02
See inside St Mary’s Cadogan Street
See inside St Mary’s Cadogan Street

See inside St Mary’s Cadogan Street

A couple of blocks away from Chelsea's posh shops is a large Catholic church that owes its origins to one of the earliest post-reformation Catholic chapels in the country.

Jan
19
St Mary Moorfields – the City’s only Roman Catholic church
St Mary Moorfields – the City’s only Roman Catholic church

St Mary Moorfields – the City’s only Roman Catholic church

Just around the corner from Liverpool Street station is a building that if glanced at briefly looks like a conventional Edwardian office block, but is in fact the City of London's only Catholic Church.

Jan
06
A visit to St Mary le Strand church
A visit to St Mary le Strand church

A visit to St Mary le Strand church

Sitting in the middle of the road outside Somerset House on Strand is a grand church with a tall steeple it shouldn't have.

Dec
29
2021
Pay a visit to St Albans Cathedral
Pay a visit to St Albans Cathedral

Pay a visit to St Albans Cathedral

In the centre of St Albans is a Cathedral, called an Abbey that's also a church,  was built by the Normans but is mostly Victorian.

Dec
22
2021
Inside the Pugin designed St George’s Cathedral, Southwark
Inside the Pugin designed St George’s Cathedral, Southwark

Inside the Pugin designed St George’s Cathedral, Southwark

You'd probably not realise it at first glance, but the modern-looking church in Southwark was actually designed by the king of the gothic revival, Augustus Pugin.

Dec
14
2021
You can climb up Hackney’s medieval clock tower
You can climb up Hackney’s medieval clock tower

You can climb up Hackney’s medieval clock tower

In the heart of Hackney is a medieval clock tower, and occasionally it's open to the public to climb up and stand on the roof for some pretty decent views across East London.

Nov
18
2021
Inside Kilburn’s famous Tin Tabernacle
Inside Kilburn’s famous Tin Tabernacle

Inside Kilburn’s famous Tin Tabernacle

On a Kilburn side street is a large corrugated iron church-like shed that's looking rather sorry for itself - this is the famous Kilburn Tin Tabernacle.

Oct
28
2021
Going inside the Annunciation Marble Arch
Going inside the Annunciation Marble Arch

Going inside the Annunciation Marble Arch

Tucked away on a side street near Marble Arch is a solidly built brick church from the outside, that's a richly decorated church on the inside -- the Annunciation Marble Arch.

Oct
14
2021
Sir Richard Burton’s curious “tent tomb”
Sir Richard Burton’s curious “tent tomb”

Sir Richard Burton’s curious “tent tomb”

In southwest London is a most unusual mausoleum to an unusual man (and his wife), that's in the shape of a Bedouin tent. Oh, and it has a ladder to climb up and peer inside it.

Sep
16
2021
See the 700-years old murals of St Nicholas Church, Charlwood
See the 700-years old murals of St Nicholas Church, Charlwood

See the 700-years old murals of St Nicholas Church, Charlwood

A church near Gatwick Airport contains a remarkable survivor inside -- a set of historically significant series of murals that date to around 1300-1350.

Sep
08
2021
An unexpected entrance for St Mary Abbots church
An unexpected entrance for St Mary Abbots church

An unexpected entrance for St Mary Abbots church

This large but at a glance seemingly ordinary church in Kensington has a wonderful feature -- a cloister like covered walkway to the entrance.

Sep
02
2021
London Churches: St Margaret’s Lothbury
London Churches: St Margaret’s Lothbury

London Churches: St Margaret’s Lothbury

A stone-clad church that can be found around the back of the Bank of England has been on this site since at least the 12th-century.

Aug
17
2021
A visit to St Columba’s Church of Scotland
A visit to St Columba’s Church of Scotland

A visit to St Columba’s Church of Scotland

On a side street not far from Harrods can be found a large but slightly dour-looking grey stone church.

May
19
2021
Three churches to visit near Banbury
Three churches to visit near Banbury

Three churches to visit near Banbury

If you are in Banbury, maybe visiting Thenford Arboretum, then the trip between town and garden can also take in three ancient churches.

May
12
2021
The chapel of the Convent of the Assumption
The chapel of the Convent of the Assumption

The chapel of the Convent of the Assumption

In a posh Kensington square, what looks to be a classic Victorian Anglican church is actually a French Catholic convent.

Nov
12
2020
Visit St Bride Church’s ancient crypt and museum
Visit St Bride Church’s ancient crypt and museum

Visit St Bride Church’s ancient crypt and museum

The famous journalist's church on Fleet Street also contains a museum of over 2,000 years of London history in its crypt.

Aug
06
2020
St. Luke’s Parish, Tiptree
St. Luke’s Parish, Tiptree

St. Luke’s Parish, Tiptree

In the heart of the jam making village of Tiptree is this grand and rather large parish church built in the middle of the Victorian era.

Apr
29
2020
The medieval St Giles Cripplegate inside Barbican
The medieval St Giles Cripplegate inside Barbican

The medieval St Giles Cripplegate inside Barbican

Surround by the modern Barbican estate, this old church is one of the few within the City of London that are medieval in nature, having survived the Great Fire of London and WW2 bombs.

Dec
11
2019
Holy Trinity Church Sloane Street
Holy Trinity Church Sloane Street

Holy Trinity Church Sloane Street

Just off Sloane Square is a church that amongst many notable things, also also famously wider that St Paul's Cathedral.

Nov
12
2019