Ever since London was founded centuries ago, the city has seen all kinds of architectural additions that have altered its skyline and changed the way it looks. Among the thousands of structures, it is London’s churches that are among the oldest and most culturally significant.
For hundreds of years, worshipers and spiritualists have travelled from all over the world to visit the city’s churches and you too can walk the halls of these famous buildings on your search for historical landmarks of London. If you’re planning a trip to the city, grab your camera and check out this selection of the most beautiful and historic churches.
St Pancras Old Church
Pancras Road, London
As the name may suggest, this is one of London’s oldest churches and has been providing locals and travellers with a place of worship since the early 9th century. The church is located behind the St Pancras Station and although it may not be the biggest or most grandiose church in the world, it is definitely one of the most beautiful. The gorgeous gardens that surround the church are perfect for an afternoon stroll in the sun and the picturesque scenery is worth the Tube ride if you’re staying at our Hotel London Hyde Park. Although the building has undergone a number of renovations it still remains one of the most beautiful photo opportunities in London.
Dunstan’s Hill, London
A trip to this beautiful site is like a trip out of reality and into the type of fictional world you’d find in works by J.R.R Tolkien. Hidden away between the Tower of London and London Bridge, this scenic wonderland is a must-see spot for photographers and culture seekers. The church itself was built in 1100 but over the centuries fell victim to a number of events including the Great Fire of London and the Blitz. What still stands of the church today is covered by natural plant life. The gorgeous mixture of traditional stonework, greenery and wild flowers has resulted in photogenic paradise.
Francis Street, London
The striking design of this historic place of worship is a far cry from the usual dark stonework and pointed steeple you’d find on most classic churches. The bright red brickwork and intricate design are very different to London’s other famous churches. It was designed by Cardinal Vaughn and eventually built in 1895 by architect John Francis. The Westminster Cathedral is one of the most iconic historical landmarks of London and has become a popular spot for photographers thanks to its unique design.
St Bartholomew the Great
West Smithfield, London
St Bart’s church has probably had the hardest time of London’s religious institutions. After being constructed in… it didn’t take long for the church to fall under rough times thanks to the separation from its partner hospital. For centuries the church was hanging on in desperate need of repairs and refurbishment but thanks to a series of projects it has now been restored to its former glory. You won’t want to miss out on the gothic style of this church if you’re looking for some good photo opportunities.