Some of the most interesting London buildings are its churches and graveyards, packed with interesting architecture, historic nick nacks and the odd famous face too! These posts celebrate the more spiritual aspects of London…

London Churches and Graveyards

  • History of Orange Street, Westminster | Look Up London

    Hidden History on Orange Street, Westminster

    Orange Street doesn’t look very historic at first glance. The narrow Westminster street lies between the National Gallery and Leicester Square but there’s a lot more to see than you might guess. Firstly, it was only known as Orange Street from 1905, a reference to......

  • City Churches | St Margaret Lothbury | Look Up London

    City Churches | St Margaret Lothbury

    Nestled behind the Bank of England you can find St Margaret Lothbury. It’s easy to miss, hemmed in by other buildings, but if open it’s well worth popping in to admire its treasures and history. (I’ve previously written about the beautiful Italianate building next door,......

  • St Clement Watch House | History on Strand Lane

    St Clements Watch House | History on Strand Lane

    For the everyday passerby, there’s not much reason to venture into Strand Lane. It’s not a convenient cut through to the Strand however it has two quite amazing bits of history to discover! I’ve previously covered one of them on the blog, the history of......

  • Surrey Chapel | The Trailblazing Church and Boxing Ring

    As part of my new walking tour Hidden Wonders of Waterloo I’ve been researching the history of Surrey Chapel, an 18th century church that once stood by Southwark Station. Although it no longer stands today, it’s a prime example of the historic twists and turns......

  • The Medieval Priory in an Aldgate Office Block | Look Up London

    The Medieval Priory in an Aldgate Office Block

    Transport a 12th century monk to Aldgate today and there’s very little that they’d recognise. However inside this office block you can find a tiny part of an epic Medieval Priory where they’d feel right at home! If you’re passing 77 Leadenhall Street, peer through......

  • History of Bunhill Fields | Look Up London

    The History of Bunhill Fields

    Today Bunhill Fields is a wonderful slice of calm alongside the busy Old Street roundabout. But its history is macabre, curious and full of surprises. History of Bunhill Fields Its name is a derivation of bone hill, literally where cartloads of bones from St Paul’s......

  • St Mary Moorfields | Look Up London

    City Churches | St Mary Moorfields

    Having visited most of them, I thought it would be a fun long-term project to write about every City Church. There are 43 within the Square Mile (give or take a couple, depending on which you include) and in this post we’re visiting the only......

  • A Closer Look at Norwest House | Formerly Imperial Chemical House

    Crossing Lambeth Bridge provides an epic panoramic view of the House of Parliament, London Eye and Lambeth Palace. However, a building that doesn’t get as much attention is Norwest House, previously Imperial Chemical House. This post is why it’s worth having a closer look. But......

  • City Churches | St Margaret Pattens

    If you find yourself in the City of London with a bit of spare time, it’s always worthwhile to soak up some history by popping into one of the 50-odd City churches. This week, with some time between private tours, I did just that and......

  • Lavers and Barraud Stained Glass Works | Look Up London

    Lavers and Barraud Stained Glass Works

    Look up at 22 Endell Street in Covent Garden, and you’ll see the striking facade of a former stained glass studio. Built in 1859 and designed by Robert Jewell Withers, between the multi-coloured decorative brickwork you can make out the proclamation in stone; Lavers and......

  • Museum of London Smithfield Site

    Behind The Scenes at the new Museum of London Smithfield Site

    The London Museum – formerly Museum of London – is scheduled to open for a mini festival in 2025 then fully as a museum in 2026. So you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to get a special look around the building site......

  • General Post Office Piece | Look Up London

    Last Piece of the Post Office, Walthamstow

    Along Vestry Road in Walthamstow there’s a huge Ionic Capital which looks very out of place. It’s the last piece of the General Post Office Building and once stood 7 miles away in the City of London. The General Post Office Building Although the history......

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