Not only is London the geographical capital of England, it is also the cultural capital of the country and is home to a number of historic buildings, structures and religious institutes that have drawn in millions of tourists for hundreds of years.
Anyone looking for luxury hotels in London West End this festive season will find a number of iconic churches close to The Piccadilly Hotel London.
Whether you’re religious and want to celebrate Christmas in the city or you’re simply looking to explore the rich culture of London, these beautiful churches will help make your holiday extra special.
St Pancras Old Church
Pancras Road, London
Originally established in the 9th century, this iconic religious structure has provided locals and travellers with a place of worship for centuries. The beautifully designed spire towers high above the local village and gardens that make up the grounds of the parish. If you’re looking for history, there aren’t many places that offer such an in-depth look into London’s rich religious roots than St Pancras Old Church. Just a short journey from The Piccadilly Hotel London, you won’t struggle to find this treasure trove of architectural beauty.
St Dunstan in the East
Dunstan’s Hill, London
You’ll need to bring your coat and scarf if you plan on visiting this church over Christmas but don’t let the cold weather put you off. Despite technically only being half of a church, St Dunstan in the East is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Over the centuries, the church has been reduced to little more than ruins but the growth of plant life has resulted in a scene straight out of a fantasy film. Explore the beautiful architecture and snap some photos of the natural beauty of the grounds as you make your way through years of history and culture.
Deans Yard, London
No list of famous London churches would be complete without mentioning the iconic Westminster Abbey. The world-renowned house of worship has been the location of many historic events including royal weddings and other official ceremonies over the years. This Christmas, the Abbey will host midnight mass which is an event that any religious traveler will not want to miss out on. Even if you’re not Christian, this is a beautiful ceremony that takes place in one of the most culturally iconic buildings in the world, so be sure to check it out this year.
St Bartholomew the Great
West Smithfield, London
Built in the 15th century, St Bartholomew the Great was one of the most popular churches for centuries until it gradually fell into disrepair and became unusable.
In recent decades it has been given a new lease of life and is now better than ever. The rustic beauty is still present on the outside and the interior has been updated to create a magnificent setting for midnight mass. If you’re an avid photographer be sure to take your camera along and snap some pictures of the architectural gem for your holiday photo album.