London’s 5 Most Impressive Churches

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London’s 5 Most Impressive Churches

London is the setting for innumerable beautiful buildings. You only need to step outside of the Hotel Bayswater Inn and you will instantly be surrounded by glorious examples of historic architecture. Churches and cathedrals represent some of the most impressive structures in the city. These are the 5 unmissable churches to see in London.   

St Paul’s Cathedral 

St Paul’s Cathedral

Sir Christopher Wren erected his masterpiece in place of an earlier cathedral that was damaged during the Great Fire of London. This Anglican church is the seat of the Bishop of London and has miraculously survived multiple wars. Its mighty dome cuts a striking contrast with the surrounding skyscrapers that dominate the London skyline. St Paul’s Cathedral is located in the City of London and is best photographed from Millennium Bridge. 

Construction started: 1675

Open to the public: Yes – admission fees apply

Closest Tube: St Paul’s (Circle Line)

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

This Gothic abbey is one of the city’s most famous sights. As well as being the site of coronations and royal weddings throughout the ages, it remains an active place of worship. You can visit the abbey interior and see the nave for yourself although even witnessing the exterior alone is an unforgettable experience. Westminster Abbey is an extremely popular destination. You should visit as shortly after breakfast in Bayswater London as possible to avoid the crowds. 

Construction started: 1065

Open to the public: Yes – admission fees apply

Closest Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District, and Circle lines)

Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral

This remarkable building indicates influences from the Byzantine period and the mosques of Istanbul. Its striped terracotta bricks and blue domes never fail to take your breath away but once you step inside you are treated to a massive nave that is heavily decorated with marble and mosaics. The cathedral is free to visit so gather your full family and book Central London hotels with triple rooms.

Construction started: 1895

Open to the public: Yes – no admission fee

Closest Tube: Victoria (Victoria, District, and Circle lines)

St Martin-in-the-Fields 

St Martin-in-the-Fields

This elegant church is located in Trafalgar Square and is convenient for guests of London hotels near Oxford Street. It is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours (Martin the Merciful). You can visit the interiors and even grab a bite to eat at the crypt cafe. The church frequently hosts music concerts and recitals which makes for a unique activity while visiting the city.

Construction started: 1721

Open to the public: Yes – no admission fee

Closest Tube: Charing Cross

Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral

This majestic cathedral occupies a spot on London’s riverside, right next to Borough Market. A church has stood here since the 12th century although many renovations and extensions have taken place over the years. Fortunately, much of the original foundations were able to withstand the fires and wars that reaped havoc on the city. Southwark Cathedral is an impressive sight that it’s worth making the pilgrimage east from the Hotel Bayswater Inn.

Construction started: 1106

Open to the public: Yes – no admission fee

Closest Tube: Borough (Northern Line)

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