27 March 2024

A guide to my visits
to London churches
and other religious
places of worship

Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt Saint Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire of London (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2024)

Patrick Comerford

In previous postings, I have summarised and listed cathedrals, churches and chapels I have visited in Limerick, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Oxford, and other places, with hyper-links to my blog postings about each church I have visited in those places.

In a similar way, I have provided guides to the synagogues I have visited across the world.

Since my teens, I have also visited countless churches, chapels and cathedrals in London, as well as synagogues and mosques, and I have been blogging about them since about 2007. However, until now, I have provided no one posting with links to the blogs about each building I have visited and written about.

This posting is an effort to remedy this and provide an accessible index to those blog postings. There are over 90 churches and church sites, as well as 23 synagogues and three mosques.

I hope to continue to update this posting with links to each new posting from now on.

Cathedrals in London:

1, All Saints’ Cathedral (Greek Orthodox), Camden Town (8 November 2022).

2, Saint George’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Southwark (1 September 2019) and here (29 October 2023).

3, Saint Paul’s Cathedral (Church of England) (9 May 2021).

4, Southwark Cathedral (Church of England) (3 December (2007), here (29 April 2016), here (1 September 2019), here (4 September 2023) and here (3 November 2023).

5, Westminster Abbey (Church of England) (11 July 2019) and here (19 August 2019).

6, Westminster Cathedral (Roman Catholic) (26 November 2018).

All Saints’ Church, Margaret Street, known for its architecture, liturgy, interior, rich decoration and music (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2023)

Church of England (Anglican) churches:

7, All Hallows by the Tower (16 August 2022).

8, All Hallows, Bread Street (16 September 2021).

9, All Saints’ Church, Margaret Street (23 September 2023).

10, All Souls’ Church, Langham Place (2 November 2023).

11, Christ Church, Blackfriars (21 September 2023).

12, Christ Church, Greyfriars (12 May 2017) and here (17 September 2021).

13, Christ Church, Spitalfields (2 February 2018) and here (29 May 2021).

14, Christ the Saviour, Ealing Broadway (15 August 2012).

15, Harvard Chapel, Southwark Cathedral (4 November 2023).

16, (former) Church of the Holy Trinity, Minories (27 June 2023).

17, Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, Chelsea (28 September 2022).

18, Queen’s Chapel, Saint James’s Palace (11 July 2019).

19, Royal Foundation of Saint Katharine (23 November 2016) and here (11 July 2019).

20, Saint Alphage’s Church (24 January 2020).

21, Saint Alban the Martyr, Holborn (19 February 2024).

22, Saint Andrew, Holborn (7 June 2023).

23, Saint Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe (12 May 2017) and here (5 September 2021).

24, Saint Augustine, Watling Street, tower (22 May 2018), and here (18 September 2021).

25, Saint Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield (21 February 2024).

26, Saint Benet Fink, Royal Exchange (19 September 2021).

27, Saint Benet Paul’s Wharf (13 May 2017).

28, Saint Botolph without Aldersgate (25 January 2020).

29, Saint Botolph without Aldgate (27 January 2020) and here (29 October 2022).

30, Saint Botolph-without-Bishopsgate (2 February 2009) and here (22 November 2016).

31, Saint Bride’s, Fleet Street (6 September 2021).

32, Saint Christopher-le-Stocks, Threadneedle Street (20 September 2021).

33, Saint Clement Danes, The Strand (28 October 2022).

34, Saint Columba’s House chapel, Maybury Hill, Woking (22 May 2021).

35, Saint Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney (13 February 2023).

36, Saint Dunstan-in-the-East (13 August 2022).

37, Saint Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street (22 February 2024).

38, Saint Edmund, King and Martyr, Lombard Street (5 February 2020) and here (7 September 2021).

39, Saint Elsyng Spital (tower) (24 January 2020).

40, Saint Ethelburga-the-Virgin, Bishopsgate (1 April 2018).

41, Saint George, Holborn (6 July 2022).

42, Saint George, Southwark (16 May 2019).

43, Saint George-in-the-East (22 November 2016).

44, Saint Katharine Cree, Leadenhall Street (27 October 2022).

45, Saint Lawrence Jewry (29 September 2016) and here (8 September 2021).

46, Saint Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street (17 August 2022).

47, Saint Margaret Lothbury (30 September 2016) and here (9 September 2021).

48, Saint Margaret Pattens (15 August 2022).

49, Saint Margaret’s, Westminster (20 November 2012) and here (21 May 2021).

50, Saint Martin in the Fields (26 February 2024) and here (27 May 2021).

51, Saint Martin within Ludgate (25 January 2020) and here (10 September 2021).

52, Saint Mary Aldermary (14 May 2017) and here (10 September 2021).

53, (former) Abbey of the Minoresses of Saint Mary of the Order of Saint Clare (27 June 2023).

54, Saint Mary at Hill (14 August 2022).

55, Saint Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside (11 May 2017) and here (12 September 2021).

56, Saint Mary le Strand (25 February 2024).

57, (former) Saint Mary Matfelon, Whitechapel (17 February 2020).

58, Saint Mary Somerset (tower), Lambeth Hill (22 May 2018) and here (21 September 2021).

59, Saint Mary-within-Cripplegate (24 January 2020).

60, Saint Mary Woolnoth (15 May 2018) and here (22 September 2021).

61, Saint Matthew, Friday Street (23 September 2021).

62, Saint Matthew, Westminster (1 July 2011).

63, Saint Michael, Bassishaw (24 September 2021).

64, Saint Michael’s Church, Chester Square (1 October 2023).

65, Saint Michael’s Church, Cornhill (28 September 2023).

66, Saint Nicholas Cole Abbey (13 May 2017) and here (13 September 2021).

67, Saint Olave’s Church, corner of Hart Street and Seething Lane (27 February 2023).

68, Saint Olave Jewry (tower) (September 2016) and here (25 September 2021).

69, (The former) Saint Pancras, Soper Lane (10 July 2022).

70, Saint Pancras New Church, near Euston Station (7 November 2022).

71, Saint Pancras Old Church (15 June 2022).

72, Saint Peter’s Church, Ealing (20 August 2012).

73, Saint Stephen Walbrook (30 May 2018), also here (16 February 2019), here (14 September 2021) and here (14 May 2022).

74, (former) Saint Thomas, Southwark (31 October 2023).

75, Saint Vedast-alias-Foster (24 February 2017) and here (15 September 2021).

76, The Temple Church (24 February 2024).

77, USPG Chapel, USPG offices, Southwark (20 March 2021) and here (4 March 2020).

78, Saint Vedast Foster Lane or Saint Vedast-alias-Foster (24 February 2017).

Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Ealing, is the first Benedictine abbey in Greater London since the Reformation (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Christian Science Church:

79, The Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, former Christian Science Church (5 October 2022).

Reformed Church traditions:

80, Dutch Church, Austin Friars (16 May 2018).

81, (former) Huguenot church, Brick Lane (23 January 2020).

82, Stepney Meeting House, United Reformed Church (14 February 2023).

Roman Catholic Church:

83, Ealing Abbey (14 August 2012) and here (6 January 2013).

84, The Kairos Centre chapel, Maryfield Convent, Richmond (22 November 2018), and here (22 May 2021).

85, Saint Mary Moorfields (22 January 2020).

86, Saint Mellitus Church, Islington (11 July 2022).

See also:

87, Royal Peculiars (11 July 2019)

Church-linked buildings:

88, Lambeth Palace (27 July 2011).

89, Salters’ Hall, Saint Swithin’s Lane, Presbyterian meeting place, 1700s (24 January 2020).

90, Southwark Deanery (2 August 2023).

91, Winchester Palace (5 June 2023).

Bevis Marks Synagogue … the only synagogue in Europe that has held regular services continuously for more than 300 years (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Other religious traditions:


1, (site of) the Great Synagogue, Old Jewry (29 April 2016)

2, Kehillas Ya’akov, Commercial Road, Stepney (1 February 2018)

3, (site of) a synagogue at Threadneedle Street (17 February 2019)

4, The Bevis Marks Synagogue (22 January 2020)

5, (site of) Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue, Whitechapel (23 January 2020)

6, (site of) former Brick Lane Synagogue (23 January 2020)

7, (site of former) Creechurch Lane Synagogue (6 March 2020)

8, (site of former) Great Synagogue, Duke’s Lane (6 March 2020)

9, Sandy’s Row Synagogue (9 March 2020)

10, Princelet Street Synagogue (10 March 2020)

11, The Spital Square Poltava Synagogue, Heneage Street (24 February 2023)

12, (former) Artillery Lane Synagogue (28 February 2023)

13, (former) Gun Street Synagogue, Spitalfields (1 March 2023)

14, The East London Central Synagogue, also known as Nelson Street Synagogue or Nelson Street Sfardish Synagogue (2 March 2023)

15, the Konin Synagogue, Hanbury Street (3 March 2023)

16, the Glory of Israel and Sons of Klatsk Synagogue, Hanbury Street (3 March 2023)

17, the Poltava Synagogue, Hanbury Street (3 March 2023)

18, the Brethren of Suwalki Synagogue, Hanbury Street (3 March 2023)

19, Hanbury Street Synagogue, Hanbury Street (3 March 2023)

20, the Lovers of Peace Synagogue and the Voice of Jacob Synagogue, Hanbury Street (3 March 2023)

21, (former) Hambro’ Synagogue (6 March 2023)

22, (former) New Synagogue, Leadenhall Street (17 March 2023)

23, the Central Synagogue, Great Portland Street, London (19 May 2023)


1, Brick Lane Mosque, formerly London Great Mosque (23 January 2020)

2, East London Mosque, Whitechapel Road (23 January 2020).

3, The Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking (28 November, 2019).

Daily prayer in Lent with
early English saints:
43, 27 March 2024,
William of Ockham

William of Ockham, depicted in a stained glass window in a church in Surrey (Photograph: Moscarlop/Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Patrick Comerford

This the last week of Lent, and today is Wednesday in Holy Week (27 March 2024). This Wednesday in Holy Week is known in many places as Spy Wednesday.

Throughout Lent this year, I am taking time each morning to reflect on the lives of early, pre-Reformation English saints commemorated in Common Worship.

We got back from Norwich last night, and later this morning I am meeting a friend from India in Oxford. Before today begins, I am taking some quiet time this morning to give thanks for reflection, prayer and reading in these ways:

1, A reflection on an early, pre-Reformation English saint;

2, today’s Gospel reading;

3, a prayer from the USPG prayer diary.

The Divinity School at the Bodleian Library, Oxford … William of Ockham studied theology at Oxford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Early English pre-Reformation saints: 43, William of Ockham

William of Ockham is remembered in Common Worship on 10 April as a Friar, Philosopher and Teacher of the Faith. He is known as the ‘Invincible Doctor’ (Doctor Invincibilis) and the ‘Venerable Initiator’ (Venerabilis Inceptor). He is considered to be one of the major figures of mediaeval thought and was at the centre of the major intellectual and political controversies in the 14th century.

William was born at Ockham in Surrey ca 1285. He entered the Franciscan Order and studied at London house of the Greyfriars and then studied theology at the University of Oxford. At a time when heresy was suspected everywhere, his writings were the subject of close scrutiny, but he never received any formal condemnation. Later in life, he entered the controversy between the rival popes and had to flee for his life.

His much-used principle of economy – often referred to as ‘Occam’s Razor’ – stated that only individual things exist and that they are directly understood by the thinking mind and that this intuitive knowledge is caused naturally.

His doctrine of God led him to destroy the 13th century concept of the relationship between theology and philosophy and took the study of the philosophy of religion onto a new level.

Having fled the Papal court in Avignon, he died in exile in Munich on 10 April 1347.

The tower and some walls remain on the site of Christ Church Greyfriars, near Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

John 13: 21-32 (NRSVA):

21 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23 One of his disciples – the one whom Jesus loved – was reclining next to him; 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, ‘Lord, who is it?’ 26 Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, ‘Do quickly what you are going to do.’ 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, ‘Buy what we need for the festival’; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.’

The Last Supper (see John 13: 21-32) … a fading work that was once seen on Quonian’s Lane in Lichfield (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Today’s Prayers (Wednesday 27 March 2024):

The theme this week in ‘Pray With the World Church,’ the Prayer Diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel), is ‘Holy Week Reflection.’ This theme was introduced on Sunday by the Revd Canon Dr Peniel Rajkumar, Theologian and Director of Global Mission, USPG.

The USPG Prayer Diary today (27 March 2024) invites us to pray in these words:

Father God, we pray for peacemakers who work tirelessly and at great risk in places where others have withdrawn or dare not venture.

The Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Post-Communion Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father.

Additional Collect:

True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.

Yesterday: Saint Robert of Lincoln

Tomorrow: Richard Rolle of Hampole

‘The Razor’ by Richard and Jordan Richard Worth and Jordan Collver of the FreeThink Tank seeks to tell Ockham’s tale

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition copyright © 1989, 1995, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org