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

  • 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......

  • Westminster Cathedral | Look Up London

    Westminster Cathedral

    Poor old Westminster Cathedral, forever being confused with Westminster Abbey and even once being mistaken for a mosque, it’s well worth admiring this stripy brick beauty set back from Victoria Street Built on the site of a prison and still incomplete after over 100 years,......

  • Cavendish Square

    Cavendish Square Controversies

    You wouldn’t guess, looking at peaceful Cavendish Square today, that it’s been the site of several historic controversies. The three we’re covering today include two artistic mishaps and one full blown riot! But first, a bit of background… Cavendish Square History Like many of the......

  • Buddhist Temple Wimbledon | Look Up London

    Visit Wimbledon’s Buddhist Temple

    Climbing the steep hills up towards Wimbledon Village provides ample reward. Not only are you treated with an epic view back across London from Marryat Road, but you can also visit an enchanting Buddhist Temple. The Wat (temple) in Wimbledon was built for and by......

  • Savoy Chapel | Look Up London

    The Savoy Chapel

    Just off the Strand you can find an amazing historic survivor. Today the Savoy Chapel is hemmed in by taller buildings but, if anything, that kind of adds to its appeal and charm… With parts dating back to the 16th Century (and earlier!) the Savoy......

  • St Giles-in-the-Fields Gateway | Look Up London

    The Gates of Hell? | St Giles-in-the-Fields Gateway

    Take a closer look at St Giles-in-the-Fields Gateway, a carving from 1800 that reflects the pretty grisly history of the area....

  • Unusual Church Renovations | Mercato Mayfair Look Up London

    London’s Unusual Church Renovations

    From cafes to bars, workspaces and event hubs. These unusual church renovations create spectacular spaces!...

  • The Library (c) Westminster Abbey London

    Go Behind the Scenes at Westminster Abbey

    I often give private tours in Westminster Abbey, but this was a real treat to go to the areas not usually accessible!...

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