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Churches & Cathedrals

Religious events on this week include enjoying a choral service inside Hampton Court's Chapel Royal, attending a service in the Tower of London's Chapel Royal, and attending a beautiful choral evensong service inside Westminster Abbey

★★★All Hallows-by-the-Tower

All Hallows-by-the-Tower - All Hallows-by-the-Tower is associated with the executions on Tower Hill, and has a piece of Roman pavement in the crypt4

Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery - Brompton was one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries built in the 1830s and contains over 35,000 monuments and 205,000 burial spaces5

★★Brompton Oratory

Brompton Oratory - Brompton Oratory is the second-largest Roman Catholic church after Westminster Cathedral, and has a beautiful Baroque-style interior5

★★Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery - Most people come to see Karl Marx’s tomb in the eastern half of the cemetery, but it’s the huge monuments in the west that are really worth seeing6

St Bartholomew-the-Great

St. Bartholomew-the-Great - One of the city’s oldest churches dating back to Norman times. You can feel its incredible age as soon as you walk inside4

★★★St Bride’s

St. Bride’s - Famous for its three-tiered spire which inspired a baker to create a tiered wedding cake. It has an interesting museum underneath2

St Dunstan-in-the-West

St. Dunstan-in-the-West - Famous for the Giant’s Clock outside, a 16th-century statue of Elizabeth I, and its association with Sweeney Todd2

★★St Magnus-the-Martyr

St. Magnus-the-Martyr - This church used to stand at one end of the legendary London Bridge and has a stone from it outside, plus a model of it inside the door2

St Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin-in-the-Fields - The parish church of Buckingham Palace holds regular classical concerts using its own orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields8

St Mary-le-Bow

St. Mary-le-Bow - True Cockneys need to be born within earshot of the Bow bells, which were said to have turned back Dick Whittington when on his way to Highgate2

St Michael Paternoster Royal

St. Michael Paternoster Royal - Lord Mayor of London Dick Whittington is said to be buried outside, and there’s a stained-glass window of him inside2

★★★St Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral - Christopher Wren’s masterpiece contains the tombs of Wellington and Nelson, and tourists can climb up the dome for a view of London’s skyline12

★★★Temple Church

Temple Church - Temple Church is linked with the Knights Templar and contains the stone effigies of eight slumbering knights on the floor of the Round Tower3

★★★Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey - Arguably the most historic building in England. Britain’s kings and queens have been crowned and buried inside here for 1,000 years13

★★Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral - This striking Catholic church has a Byzantine exterior. Tourists can climb the bell tower for views across London6

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Hear the Baroque Chamber Orchestra playing music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Pachelbel and Bach at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Chopin & Champagne by Candlelight at St Mary-le-Strand

Chopin & Champagne by Candlelight at St Mary-le-Strand Enjoy a glass of champagne and an evening of Chopin performed by a concert pianist

Choral Matin at the Tower of London’s Chapel Royal

Choral Matin at the Tower of London’s Chapel Royal Attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London2