Westminster Cathedral  

 
 
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42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW
 
 
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Weekdays 7am-7pm, Weekends 8am-7pm
 
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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.

 

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Underground Stations

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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
 
 
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Pimlico Masterpark
 
9 minutes walk
 
Semley Place NCP
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Grange Rochester Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £59  34% 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
 
 
 
Grange Wellington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £69  39% off
71 Vincent Square, SW1P | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
The Grange Wellington Hotel is peacefully situated in Westminster's Vincent Square and offers an oasis of calm in the heart of Central London. In 2014 the ... More
 
 
 
Park Plaza Victoria Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £87  25% 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
 
 
 
 
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Church of St Stephen with St John
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Rochester Row, Westminster, London SW1P | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Westminster City Hall
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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National Trust: Blewcoat School Gift Shop
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
23 Caxton Street, Westminster, Westminster, London SW1H | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
74a Newman Street, Victoria, London W1T | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Evan Evans
London > Attractions > Sightseeing Tours
258 Vauxhall Bridge, Victoria, London SW1V | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Evan Evans Tours is London’s oldest and largest sightseeing company. in 2015 they celebrated their 85th Anniversary. With an exciting range of tours operating daily, overseas visitors ... More
 
 
 
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Nova Victoria
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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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St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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London > Entertainment > Classical Music
42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P | Same location as Westminster Cathedral
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London > Entertainment > Cinemas
58 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Victoria Palace Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Victoria Street, Victoria, London SW1E | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, Westminster, London SW1X | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Cornucopia
London > Shopping > Clothing
12 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, London SW1V | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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London > Shopping > Shopping Centres
Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E5JD | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
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Kingsway College, Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Pret A Manger
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143 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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64 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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56 Ecclestone Square, Victoria, London SW1V | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Queen Mother Sports Centre, Vauxhall Bridge Road, Victoria, London SW1V | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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129 Wilton Road, SW1V | 3 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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48 Parliament Street, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 14 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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The Reform Club
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104 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 16 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Terminus Place, Victoria, London SW1V | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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39 - 41 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E | 5 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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69 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre
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80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 4 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
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