Westminster Cathedral

 
 
ADDRESS
42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW 
 
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Weekdays 7am-7pm, Weekends 8am-7pm
 
PRICES
FREE | £5 to visit bell tower
 

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Westminster CathedralNot to be confused with Westminster Abbey, the nearby Westminster Cathedral in Victoria is London's only example of neo-Byzantine architecture, described by the poet John Betjeman as a "masterpiece" of craftsmanship and the last great building to be made of brick. The only church in England to have had visits from two Popes and the Queen, Westminster Cathedral is London's principal Roman Catholic Church and was opened in 1903 although John Francis Bentley's astonishing basilican structure remains incomplete today. The cathedral boasts a magnificent campanile that emerges 274 feet into the sky, and was made famous by a vertiginous scene in Hitchcock's 'The Foreign Correspondent'. While 12.5 million burnished terracotta coloured bricks adorn the exterior, parts of the interior remain poignantly bare - a potent reminder of the lack of funding which plagued the start of construction in 1895. Plain walls and simple candlelight form a stark contrast to astonishing array of colourful mosaics and marbles (129 types from 25 countries on five continents), as well as Eric Gill's nave detailing the fourteen Stations of the Cross. Unlike Westminster Abbey, the Cathedral is free for anyone to enter. For £5 guests can walk or take the lift up the campanile for some spectacular views of the capital. While being as good a free museum as London has to offer, the Cathedral is perhaps best known for its distinguished choral tradition. It's the only Catholic cathedral in the whole world where both vespers and mass are sung every day. The boys' choir is one of the best in the world and hundreds of people gather to listen to free Renaissance concerts each day.

 

Westminster Cathedral events

 
Gerard GillenGerard GillenThe organist performs a selection of classical pieces.24th September 2014Wednesday 24th September 2014 Where:
Westminster Cathedral, 42  Francis Street      SW1P 1QW
Category: event
On Soon
Gerard Gillen
event > Concerts > Classical
PRICING  Free donations welcome
DATES  Wednesday 24th September 2014 - 7.30pm
The organist performs a selection of classical pieces.
Maurizio SalernoMaurizio SalernoThe organist performs a selection of classical pieces.22nd October 2014Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Where:
Westminster Cathedral, 42  Francis Street      SW1P 1QW
Category: event
On Soon
Maurizio Salerno
event > Concerts > Classical
PRICING  Free donations welcome
DATES  Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 7.30pm
The organist performs a selection of classical pieces.
The Welsh Poets: TalkThe Welsh Poets: TalkA talk by Archbishop George Stack.27th October 2014Monday 27th October 2014 Where:
Westminster Cathedral, 42  Francis Street      SW1P 1QW
Category: event
 
The Welsh Poets: Talk
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Talks & Lectures
DATES  Monday 27th October 2014 - 7.30pm
A talk by Archbishop George Stack.
Handel's MessiahHandel's MessiahA performance of Handel's Messiah.12th November 2014Wednesday 12th November 2014 Where:
Westminster Cathedral, 42  Francis Street      SW1P 1QW
Category: event
 
Handel's Messiah
event > Concerts > Classical
PRICING  phone for prices
DATES  Wednesday 12th November 2014 - 6.30pm
A performance of Handel's Messiah.
 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Victoria Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
St James's Park Tube Station
 
7 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Victoria Railway Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Pimlico Masterpark
 
9 minutes walk
 
Semley Place NCP
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Near Westminster Cathedral
Grange Rochester Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £59  35% off
69 Vincent Square, SW1P | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The Grange Rochester is situated in Westminster's peaceful Vincent Square, within walking distance of some of London's most notable landmarks. With 80 en-suite rooms spread across ... More
 
 
 
Park Plaza Victoria Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £97  29% off
239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
This contemporary hotel has 299 modern, spacious rooms featuring en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, flat screen TV and internet access. The hotel is located just a ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton London - Victoria
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £50  42% off
2 Bridge Place, SW1V | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria (formerly Hesperia Victoria) and you'll be conveniently located opposite Victoria Station, giving you easy and immediate ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Historic Buildings nearest Westminster Cathedral

Nearest to Westminster Cathedral
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Buckingham Palace
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1A | 8 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
England's most famous royal palace, and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace opens the doors of its State Rooms to the public every ... More
 
 
 
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St Peter's Church, Eaton Square
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
119 Eaton Square, Belgravia, London SW1W | 9 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
St Peter's was built by Hakewill in 1827 and later enlarged by Blomfield in 1875. Rebuilt and opened in 1992, following a fire in 1987, it ... More
 
 
 
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Westminster Abbey
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Dean's Yard, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Most famous nowadays as the venue for royal weddings - including the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 - Westminster Abbey is also ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Westminster Cathedral

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Westminster Cathedral
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Edel Assanti
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
272-274 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein's Edel Assanti Gallery has evolved since it was first set up in 2009, from a pop-up initiative to a project space ... More
 
 
 
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Big Bus Company
London > Attractions > Sightseeing Tours
48 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London SW1W | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The Big Bus Company tour takes you to all of London's famous landmarks and reveals the capital's colourful 2,000-year history. The tour offers you a choice ... More
 
 
 
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The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Birdcage Walk, SW1A | 8 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Once Buckingham Palace's resident chapel, the Queen's Gallery was opened in 1962 and holds regularly changing exhibitions. It allows the general public glimpses of rarely seen ... More
 
 
 
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Events near Westminster Cathedral

Near Westminster Cathedral
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Wicked
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 1st August 2010 to 21st March 2015 - Various Times
Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, Victoria, London SW1V | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
'The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz' introduces us to some very familiar characters, years before they met Dorothy. One of them is a clever, ...More
 
 
 
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Billy Elliot
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 22nd March 2005 to 19th December 2015
Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, Victoria, London SW1E | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Winner of BBC Radio 2 Audience Olivier Award 2013. This tale of a boy from a mining community who wants to become a dancer is even ...More
 
 
 
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Royal Mews Tickets
London > Events > Attraction  Dates: 30th March 2014
Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace Road, SW1A | 8 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The Royal Mews forms part of Buckingham Palace and houses the carriages and horses used by the Queen and the Royal Family for State and ceremonial ...More
 
 
 
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Near Westminster Cathedral
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Westminster Cathedral
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P | Same location as Westminster Cathedral
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Victoria Palace Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Victoria Street, Victoria, London SW1E | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The exterior of the Victoria Palace is among the most impressive of any theatre in London. Before the advent of air travel, the giant arch, dome ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
St James Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
12 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Billed by its operators as 'the first newly built central London theatre in 30 years', St James Theatre opens to ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Westminster Cathedral

The best shops and markets near Westminster Cathedral
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William Curley, Harrods
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The William Curley chocolate empire continues to swell with the opening of the patissier and chocolatier's latest concession in Harrods. Curley has worked with ... More
 
 
 
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Cornucopia
London > Shopping > Clothing
12 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, London SW1V | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
This prized vintage shop, in business for 40 years and bursting at the seams with a mixed bag of period clothing, is sadly closing down. Due ... More
 
 
 
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Erickson Beamon
London > Shopping > Jewellery
38 Elizabeth Street, Victoria, London SW1W | 10 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Beamon is an inspired designer who offers subtly pretty and fabulously stylish jewellery, eyecatching but not overpowering. The company is much lauded for its work with ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Westminster Cathedral

What are the best dining options near Westminster Cathedral London?
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2 Amici restaurant
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
48A Rochester Row, SW1P | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Italian Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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The Vincent Rooms
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Kingsway College, Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Though you might expect a restaurant where the cooking is done by students (from the next door Westminster Kingsway College) to be a bit Russian roulette, ... More
 
 
 
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Starbucks
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
137 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The ubiquitous Seattle based coffee shop can unsurprisingly be found all over London. Thanks to its market saturation policy, branches resemble the Capital’s buses by always ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Westminster Cathedral

Near Westminster Cathedral
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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, W1W | 29 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
 
 
 
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L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, W1U | 29 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 31 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Urban Retreat at Harrods
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
5th Floor, Harrods, Westminster, London SW1X | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Surely one of the most desirable places to spoil yourself rotten - the Urban Retreat flagship spa sits ever so prettily on the top floor of ... More
 
 
 
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Argonauts
London > Leisure > Extreme Sports
Queen Mother Sports Centre, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Victoria, London SW1V | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
This friendly, professional diving club based in Central London has been running for 30 years, and is now based at the Queen Mother Sports centre which ... More
 
 
 
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Green Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 13 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Although many of the parks in London are officially owned by the sovereign, it is the four central London parks (one of which is Green Park) ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Westminster Cathedral

The best pubs near London Westminster Cathedral.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Two Chairmen Public House
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Dartmouth Street, SW1H | 9 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Two minutes away from Parliament Square and the Cabinet warm rooms, the Two Chairmen Public House is an olde worlde pub that retains a number of ... More
 
 
 
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The Ebury
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
11 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, London SW1W | 12 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The Ebury closed on 5th November 2012. When The Ebury first opened up in what was a neglected corner of Pimlico, replacing a grungy old man ... More
 
 
 
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The Orange Public House & Hotel
London > Nightlife > Pubs
37 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, London SW1W | 13 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The Orange Public House and Hotel on Pimlico Road has been lovingly restored to its former glory by the team behind The Thomas Cubitt and The ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Cask & Glass
London > Nightlife > Bars
39 - 41 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
... More
 
 
 
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The Tapster
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Wine Bar ... More
 
 
 
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Leopard Champagne & Cocktail Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
41 Hotel London, 41 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
A private bar for discerning guests at the five star 41 hotel and adjoining sister property The Rubens at the Palace, the Leopard Champagne & Cocktail ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Westminster Cathedral

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Westminster Cathedral.
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Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The architecturally unique Royal Horticultural Halls boasts two halls and a conference centre. Lindley Hall overlooking leafy Vincent Square is a popular venue for corporate events. ... More
 
 
 
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Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 8 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Located in the heart of Westminster, the Emmanuel Centre is a distinctive Grade II listed building designed by renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker. Originally built in ... More
 
 
 
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Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 8 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Located in the heart of Westminster, the Emmanuel Centre is a distinctive Grade II listed building designed by renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker. The Centre houses ... More
 
 
 
 

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Wicked
Wicked
Theatre | Until 21st March 2015 

Apollo Victoria Theatre 4 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

'The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz' introduces us to some very familiar characters, years before they met Dorothy. ...More

 
Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
Theatre | Until 19th December 2015 

Victoria Palace Theatre 4 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Audience Olivier Award 2013. This tale of a boy from a mining community who wants ...More

 
Breeders
Theatre | Until 4th October 2014 

St James Theatre 6 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Andrea and her wife Caroline, with their seemingly perfect life, want a baby. They come up with the idea of ...More

City Stories
Theatre | Until 28th October 2014 

St James Theatre 6 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

James Phillips directs and writes this cabaret drama, which interweaves London love stories with original music composed by singer-songwriter Rosabella ...More

The Hot Club Of Boisdale
Concerts | Until 27th October 2014 

Boisdale Of Belgravia 8 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

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Royal Mews Tickets
Royal Mews Tickets
Attraction | Next performance 22nd September 2014 

Royal Mews 8 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

The Royal Mews forms part of Buckingham Palace and houses the carriages and horses used by the Queen and the ...More

 
The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760
The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760
Exhibitions | Until 12th October 2014 

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace 8 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Marking the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian era, T he First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 ...More

 
Royal Childhood
Royal Childhood
Kids Events | Until 28th September 2014 

Buckingham Palace 8 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

The eagerly awaited announcement of the birth of Prince George of Cambridge at 4.24pm on 22nd July 2013 is one ...More

 
Buckingham Palace Tickets - Summer Opening
Buckingham Palace Tickets - Summer Opening
Tours | Until 28th September 2014 

Buckingham Palace 8 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look round Buckingham Palace and admire the interiors of the principal royal ...More

 
Tate Britain Commission 2014: Phyllida Barlow
Tate Britain Commission 2014: Phyllida Barlow
Exhibitions | Until 2nd November 2014 

Tate Britain 11 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

The annual Tate Britain Commission, which fills Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries with a piece of specially created contemporary art, will ...More

 
 
 
 
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