If there’s one thing that can be said for London, it’s that there’s no shortage of historical attractions dotted around the city. With the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace to see, many visitors to the nation’s capital forget that there are also a number of architecturally impressive churches that are worth visiting. All of these building are steeped in history and have played a role in the development of the London we know today.
Westminster Abbey is one of London’s most famous churches. It has been the site of many Royal events, from centuries ago right through to the modern day. William the Conqueror was crowned in the Abbey in 1066 and since then, many members of the Royal Family have been buried there including Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. It was also the site of Diana, Princess of Wales’ funeral in 1997. Westminster Abbey is open to the public so visitors can explore this key part of British history.
St. Pancras Old Church
Located behind St. Pancras station, you’ll find St. Pancras Old Church. This church was originally recognised as part of the parish in the 9th century and so its history spans back hundreds and hundreds of years. At the time in which it was built, St. Pancras Old Church would have been part of a tranquil town and was originally a spot for illegal marriages and organised duelling. The medieval foundations are contrasted by the Victorian exterior, which gives it a unique appearance. If you are staying in one of our hotels in Old Street London, the church can be visited easily using public transport.
St. Bartholomew The Great
St. Bartholomew The Great Church is located behind the hospital and it has an interesting history. Though originally founded by a jester of Henry I’s court, it eventually separated from the church in 1420 and fell into disrepair. It went on to house blacksmiths and carpenters until the 19th century when repairs began. It offers a dark and gothic exterior and something a little different from the usual London church. This church has been featured in a number of films including Four Weddings and a Funeral and Sherlock Holmes.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral is a Grade I listed building and is a recognisable London landmark. The funerals of Sir. Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher were held in the cathedral, as was the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. It is also where many royal celebrations take place such as The Queen’s Jubilee and her 90th birthday. St. Paul’s Cathedral is a short distance from hotels in Old Street London.
If you’re visiting London and want to check out one of the iconic churches, head to Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s Cathedral. However, if you’re more interested in the smaller churches with an interesting backstory then there are many smaller parish churches to visit.