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Westminster CathedralNeo-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 12 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 construction in 1895. Plain walls and simple candlelight form a stark contrast to the colourful mosaics and marbles, and Eric Gill's nave detailing the fourteen Stations of the Cross. Walk or take the lift up the campanile for some spectacular views of the capital.

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…distinctive, neo-Byzantine architecture, views from the campanile, mosaics and marbles.

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In 1995 the Queen attended mass at the cathedral. This was the first visit for several hundred years of a reigning monarch of the United Kingdom to a Catholic liturgy.

 

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

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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 £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 £106  36% 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 £81  37% 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 Classical Music nearest Westminster Cathedral

Nearest to Westminster Cathedral
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St John's Smith Square
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Situated in the heart of Westminster, this stunning 18th century church was designed by architect Thomas Archer and completed in 1728. It is considered one of ... More
 
 
 
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Cadogan Hall
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1X | 16 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Cadogan Hall opened its doors on 18th June 2004 with a surprising lack of fanfare but is making up for that with a year of 10th ... More
 
 
 
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Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 23 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Housed in the same modernist block as the Royal Festival Hall and sandwiched between it and the Hayward Gallery, the Purcell Room has a 372-seat auditorium, ... More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Westminster Cathedral

Near Westminster Cathedral
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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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The Other Palace
London > Entertainment > Theatres
12 Palace Street, SW1E | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Formerly the St. James Theatre, The Other Palace officially opens its doors in February 2017, as part of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Really ... More
 
 
 
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Events near Westminster Cathedral

Near Westminster Cathedral
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Wicked
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 1st August - 29th April 2017
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 Political Party With Matt Forde
London > Events > Comedy  Dates: Wednesday 29th March 2017 - 8pm
Westminster Cathedral, 12 Palace Street, SW1E | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Sharp topical satire from the stand-up as seen on Mock The Week, Dave and more, plus an interview with special guest Nicky Morgan....More
 
 
 
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The Wild Party
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th Mar to 1st Apr 2017 - Various Times
Westminster Cathedral, 12 Palace Street, SW1E | 6 minutes from Westminster Cathedral
Michael John LaChiusa's play, set against the backdrop of 1920s Manhattan, receives its UK premiere in a new production directed and choreographed by 2016 Olivier Award ...More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Westminster Cathedral

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Westminster Cathedral
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Westminster Cathedral
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P | Same location as Westminster Cathedral
Not 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 ... More
 
 
 
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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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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, 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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Education near Westminster Cathedral

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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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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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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The best pubs near London Westminster Cathedral.
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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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Westminster Cathedral clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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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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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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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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Derren Brown: Underground
Theatre | Until 1st April 2017 

Charing Cross Theatre 6 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

The Olivier Award-winning stage and screen illusionist and master of the psychological manipulation performs his own choice of some of ...More

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Trafalgar Square 7 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

The seven-metre-high bronze sculpture of a hand giving a disproportionately long thumbs up, which has the same dark patina as ...More

 
David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom
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Playhouse Theatre 8 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

In his follow-up to Fame: Not The Musical, Baddiel paints an irreverent portrait of family life, memory, ageing, infidelity and ...More

Speech & Debate
Theatre | Until 1st April 2017 

Trafalgar Studios 9 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Stephen Karam's comedy Speech & Debate follows three misfit teenagers who are brought together by a sex scandal in their ...More

Twelfth Night
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Theatre | Until 13th May 2017 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 9 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Continuing his commitment to diversity, Rufus Norris, artistic director of the National Theatre, brings a very modern take on Shakespeare's ...More

 
The Phantom of the Opera
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Her Majesty's Theatre 9 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

Andrew Lloyd Webber's most enduring hit has been running since 1984 and is still as popular with audiences and critics ...More

 
Royal Society Of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2017
Exhibitions | Until 1st April 2017 

Mall Galleries 10 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

An art exhibition promoted by The Royal Society Of British Artists....More

Helen Johnson: Warm Ties
Exhibitions | Until 2nd April 2017 

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 10 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

The complex colonial relationship between Australia and Britain is dealt with on the level of the body, using large-scale paintings ...More

ICA Video Library: 1981 - 1993
Exhibitions | Until 16th April 2017 

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 10 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

An exploration of the role of public access collections. Guest artists and curators will select recordings from the unique collection, ...More

Sonia Boyce: We Move Her Way
Exhibitions | Until 1st April 2017 

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) 10 minutes walk from Westminster Cathedral

The artist presents a new body of work which involves the exploratory vocal and movement performances of Elaine Mitchener, Barbara ...More

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