Westminster Cathedral  

 
 
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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.

 

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Grange Rochester Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £50  42% 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 £87  22% 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 £113  25% 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

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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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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Westminster Cathedral
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Edel Assanti
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
74a Newman Street, Victoria, London W1T | 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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Nova Victoria
London > Attractions > Sights
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
An architecturally striking development opposite Victoria mainline railway station , Nova Victoria is an ultra ... 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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Wicked
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 1st August - 1st December 2018
Westminster Cathedral, 17 Wilton Road, Victoria, London SW1V | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Prepare to see Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West in a whole new light after going to see Wicked, currently showing ...More
 
 
 
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The Barricade Boys: Christmas Cabaret
London > Events > Music  Dates: 5th to 23rd December 2017 - Various Times
Westminster Cathedral, 12 Palace Street, SW1E | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Big Fish The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 1st November to 31st December 2017 - Various Times
Westminster Cathedral, 12 Palace Street, SW1E | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Tony award winner Kelsey Grammer makes his London stage debut alongside Clare Burt in the UK premiere of the fantastical musical based on the novel by ...More
 
 
 
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Westminster Cathedral
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P | Same location as Westminster Cathedral
Neo-Byzantine Roman Catholic church. London’s only example of neo-Byzantine architecture and principal Roman Catholic Church, offers a magnificent campanile that emerges 274 feet into the sky. While ... More
 
 
 
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Curzon Victoria
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
58 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Curzon Victoria is the chain's seventh London venue, providing a boutique cinema option in central London. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a broad ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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William Curley, Harrods
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, Westminster, London 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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Cardinal Place Shopping Centre
London > Shopping > Shopping Centres
Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E5JD | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Cardinal Place is a snazzy modern shopping venue in Victoria. Housed under a curvaceous, new-age glass capsule it has become something of a visual icon in ... More
 
 
 
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2 Amici restaurant
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
48A Rochester Row, Westminster, London 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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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
143 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
 
 
 
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Near Westminster Cathedral
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 27 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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The LookOut, Hyde Park
London > Education > Other Attractions
Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 | 27 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Hidden in a copse of trees in Hyde Park, The LookOut is a tranquil haven in the heart of London. Home to the Isis Education Centre, ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 28 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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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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Frame Victoria
London > Leisure >
129 Wilton Road, SW1V | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Putting the fun into fitness, Frame doesn't do pounding the treadmill. Instead of the (guilt-inducing, unused) monthly gym membership, Frame has a drop-in, ... More
 
 
 
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Greenwood
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
A large two floor pub within the Nova Victoria development, Greenwood offers so much more than just beer. As well as a large central bar and ... More
 
 
 
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Two Chairmen Public House
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London 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 Qube Project
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
Terminus Place, Victoria, London SW1V | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Cask & Glass
London > Nightlife > Bars
39 - 41 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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The Qube Project
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
191 Victoria Street, Victoria, London SW1E | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Promising to "submerge party-goers into a cornucopia of pleasure" The Qube Project basement club opened in Victoria in October 2014 with music from some of Europe's ... More
 
 
 
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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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Royal Horticultural Halls: The Lindley Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
This architecturally unique venue boasts two halls and a conference centre. Lindley Hall, overlooking leafy Vincent Square, is a popular venue for corporate events. Since it ... 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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Wicked
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Apollo Victoria Theatre 4 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Prepare to see Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West in a whole new light after ...More

 
Hamilton
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Theatre | Until 30th June 2018 

Victoria Palace Theatre 4 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize winning hip hop musical, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, tells the story of Alexander ...More

 
The Barricade Boys: Christmas Cabaret
Music | Until 23rd December 2017 

The Other Palace Theatre 6 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

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Big Fish The Musical
Theatre | Until 31st December 2017 

The Other Palace Theatre 6 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Tony award winner Kelsey Grammer makes his London stage debut alongside Clare Burt in the UK premiere of the fantastical ...More

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Tours | Until 26th December 2017 

Golden Tours 7 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

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Charles II: Art & Power
Exhibitions | Until 13th May 2018 

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

The exhibition shows the rich material world of Charles II's court and the role of the arts in the re-establishment ...More

David Titterington: Bach In Advent 8
Concerts | On 12th December 2017 

St John's Smith Square 10 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

The acclaimed organist performs Bach's Clavier-Ubung III 'German Organ Mass'....More

The Choir Of Christ Church Cathedral
Concerts | On 12th December 2017 

St John's Smith Square 10 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Stephen Darlington conducts a performance of festive choral works, including Bob Chilcott's The Twelve Days Of Christmas....More

Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services
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Seasonal | Until 25th December 2017 

Westminster Abbey 10 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Pack inside one of London's most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. ...More

 
Marguerite Humeau: Echoes
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