Visiting the Top Churches of London

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If you are like us, when you visit other countries you are drawn to visit all types of churches, mainly to see the grand architecture and stained glass windows.  London has wonderful churches worth wandering through, but eventually all the churches start looking alike and blending together.   We wanted to share some suggestions on how to get more out of your experience, by creating memories, instead of just meandering through yet another church on your travels.

 

 

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

1.  St. Paul’s Cathedral has the most stunning mosaic ceilings and the acoustics here are phenomenal.  We suggest coming for Evensong for your visit.  You will be able to get a closer look at the mosaic ceilings and enjoy some wonderful music.  If you missed it, we wrote a whole post all about Evensong.

 

Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral

2.  Southwark Cathedral often gets overlooked but it is the oldest cathedral in London dating back to at least 606 AD, with evidence of pagan worship before that.  Southwark is on the South Bank near the London Bridge.  This is a wonderful church to wander through, with multiple alters for prayer.  They do have concerts as well, with various types of music.

The Temple Church London

The Temple Church London

3.  The Temple Church London just try to get in!  It looks like we will have to make another trip to London just so we can get into this church!  In February 2012 we tried to get here and couldn’t even find our way into the Temple, which is the area and buildings surrounding the church.  Every gate or entrance was chained shut.  This trip we found our way into the Inner and Middle Temple, but both times the church was closed.  The reason, I want to get in so badly is because there are only three churches like it in the world.  The Temple Church is round, more typical of pagan sites and was built in the fashion of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem by the Knights of Templar.  One day we will get inside, one day…

4. St. Martin in the Fields is in Trafalgar Square and is not incredibly exciting as far as architecture goes,  but it is a wonderful spot for concerts.  My favorite was the performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  The church has concerts throughout the year and they are very well priced tickets.  Check the calendar before you go or just walk in to find out what is playing during your visit.  You can also do brass rubbings here, which is a fun experience if you haven’t done it before, especially for kids.

Holy Trinity Brompton

Holy Trinity Brompton

5. Holy Trinity Brompton for an uplifting Sunday service.  When we were in Merley Wimborne a lady recommended this church for us to visit while we were in London.  Holy Trinity Brompton is by far the most diverse church we have ever attended.  There are people of every race and ethnicity you can imagine.  Jon and I are both more traditional when it comes to church services, but this church makes you want to jump up and down and sing out to the Lord.  If you want to feel the Spirit, we have felt it here.  We have left with goosebumps, tears in our eyes and feeling inspired the past two Sundays.  If nothing else, it is amazing seeing all types of people come together.

Any other churches you enjoy visiting while in London?

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