The Guards' Chapel

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The Guards' Chapel
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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Darren S
Holton Le Clay, UK807 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Why in earth would anyone give this place a bad review is beyond me but I guess it takes all kinds to make a world. On your way to say Buckingham Palace stop here it's only like a 20 minutes stop over to take in the Chapel and it's beautiful in its own right. I took some time to sit and remember lost Friend's lost in the recent Afghanistan Conflict.Veey peaceful , clean , and litterally a stunning place of remembrance, thought ,and Prairs..
Written 17 July 2021
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Gumgrove
Spring, TX581 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
If you are visiting the Guards Museum, take a few minutes to visit their Chapel right next door. The original was destroyed by a V-1 buzz bomb in 1944. The panorama behind the altar is breathtaking. Battle flags hang along the sides above the pews. You will not regret your visit here.
Written 3 October 2019
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liverpool1023
London, UK737 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
The Guards’ Museum and Guards’ Chapel (free entry) are a short five minute walk from Buckingham Palace along the bottom of Green Park. It is open Mon to Fri 10 am to 4 pm. There is a Sunday service at 11 am.

The exterior is a rather austere looking grey rectangular building finished in the early 1960’s. It has a rather functional look and is built from plain Portland limestone. The chapel sits on the site of an early Victorian chapel which was flattened by a flying bomb during WW II. The interior is impressive with narrow windows allowing natural light to penetrate. The only remaining structure from the original church; the apse is preserved with its intensely coloured mosaics. The sides of the chapel are marked by regimental standards going back to the late 1700s.

Various memorials mark campaigns ranging from the World Wars through to the Gulf conflict together with earlier and later conflicts.
Written 1 August 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
The current Guards’ Chapel was built after the original was largely destroyed by a flying bomb during WW2, leaving only the Byzantine style apse standing. The new structure is modern and austere, but it has an unmistakable air of serenity and calm. For the bereaved, it must be a very special place to grieve. Even for visitors it is an emotional experience.
Written 26 June 2019
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Bozena G
Ptuj, Slovenia8 contributions
Apr 2019
The church is very interesting because it is modern but has a very beautiful altar and a presbytery. We listened to the wonderful concert of the Royal Guard with interesting horns.
Written 9 May 2019
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aramis
Hertfordshire, UK3,838 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Guards' Chapel, or to give it its correct name the Royal Military Chapel, is located in Birdcage Walk, only a couple of hundred metres from Buckingham Palace, and a 5 minute walk from St. James Park underground station.
Military regimental bands give both lunchtime and evening concerts there, and we've attended several in the last couple of months. These concerts are free, and there's no need to book in advance. A musician friend of mine called them "the best free entertainment in London"! Amongst the military bands we've seen recently are the 'Band of the Welsh Guards', and the 'Countess of Wessex String Orchestra'.
Apart from the music, the chapel is a historic location, where on Sunday 18 June 1944 the chapel was bombed, by a V1 rocket during the morning service. The explosion collapsed the concrete roof onto the congregation, killing many of the congregation. After the war the chapel was rebuilt, and is open for religious services which anyone can attend.
Written 31 March 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
The Guards Chapel is a church located near St. James Park and is the religious home of the Household Division, one of the elite foot devisions of the British Army. It's a beautiful church. especially the alter with it's golden mosaic of biblical scenes. Each of the foot regiments is honoured with a chapel, one each for the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards, the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards, and the Welsh Guards.

It a serene church and an honour to visit and see the battle standards of the Foot Guards hung on the walls. Worth visiting especially when combined with a visit to the Guards Museum next door.
Written 16 March 2019
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simivalley1699
Washington, the State2,095 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
We arrived early when the choir and the other musicians warmed up. I love rehearsals, so enjoyed the experience. But the "main attraction" so to speak was the worship itself. The amazing choir (all professionals I suppose), the organ and orchestra (mostly strings), under the direction of the Chaplain of the Honorable Artillery Company was so exquisite! It being "Silver Sunday", the elder community was invited to this and the following reception.
Written 12 October 2018
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Keith W
Rochford, UK55 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Have attended two concerts here over the last couple of months. One inside the Chapel and the other in the gardens surrounding. Beautiful music and wonderful surroundings and all free to the public. Would highly recommend.
Written 23 July 2018
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vanessa c
Bishops Stortford, UK17 contributions
Jan 2018
Lovely acoustics and a great atmosphere when I visited for a memorial service for a friend. Was very moved by the flags giving an echoe of times gone by.
Written 13 June 2018
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