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“If you're a Roman Catholic in London...”

Westminster Cathedral
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Private London Tour by Traditional Black Cab: City Sights from Above and Below
Ranked #79 of 1,610 things to do in London
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Owner description: Admission to the Cathedral is free but donations are gratefully received Tower Lift - £6 adult; £3 concession; £14 family ticket (2 adult and 2 children) If you enter the Cathedral at a quiet moment in the day, don’t imagine that it is always like this. Westminster Cathedral must be one of the busiest churches in the United Kingdom. Located in the heart of London, it is the mother-church of England & Wales. People are drawn to this great edifice from all over London, all over the country and the world. If you are trying to imagine ‘what goes on’ here, consider that there are seven masses each day, many great services of worship on special occasions and unique gatherings of every description which fill the Cathedral to the doors. Westminster Cathedral Choir, justly renowned for consistent excellence, sings at the Solemn Mass each evening - with few exceptions. Even when no public ceremony is taking place, the private prayer of individual believers is a work of faith, continuously in progress. The Cathedral is a sacred space at the heart of a great city, dedicated to the worship of God.
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“If you're a Roman Catholic in London...”
Reviewed 15 April 2008

...you can hear mass at Westminster Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in England, and the biggest Roman Catholic church in England. It is just a short walk from Victoria Tube station. Photography is not allowed inside, but I was able to steal some low quality shots through my camera phone. Like other huge Catholic churches, it has numerous chapels inside. The marble and mosaics are exquisite. The music played during the mass I heard was a bit strange though, it sounded mostly like a discordant mess of organ keys. I later learned that it was one of those "one-of-a-kind" performances by some noted artist...although I didn't get the point when I was listening to it. The choir was amazing though.

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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 22 February 2008

This is a gorgeous Catholic cathedral near Victoria Station. The views from the tower (£5 fee) are spectacular. And the beauty of the mosaics in the cathedral takes your breath away. As long as there isn't a mass or other service taking place, you're free to roam around the cathedral and visit the side chapels. I also asked if I was allowed to take flash photography, and the lady at the information counter told me yes, as long as mass was not taking place.

This is a hidden gem in London. Don't miss it.

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“Byzantine architecture in the middle of London”
Reviewed 2 June 2007

The best thing about this cathedral is its architecture, which shines among the other building for its difference. A byzantine structure, right in the middle of London is quite unique. Surely worth a look, also due to its vicinity to Victoria tube station.

The inside of the cathedral is quite nice, altghough very simple. 15 minutes would be enough to give a rapid look, and then go to the top to have a view of London.

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“Okay for Mass”
Reviewed 21 January 2006

People from all other the world stop to attend mass here so for Catholics it is a great way to be reminded just how universal the Church is.

Compared to older and grander Cathedrals - westminster is a bit bland. It has the feel of an Eastern Orthodox Church and they are making nice additions to the mosiacs.

It definitely has a feel of an active house of worship. Not as imposing or grand as St Paul's nor is it steeped in history like Westminster Abbey.

I have not climbed into the toweres but supposedly one of the best views of London.

The Cardinal, Jugged Hare and Plumbers Arms are some interesting pubs nearby.

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“Sunday Service is a joy to attend”
Reviewed 27 July 2005

Westminster Abbey is on everyone's must see list, but we saw oodles of people turn away disappointed because they showed up on Sunday. The church is closed to tourists on Sunday, but open to worshippers. The times for Sunday services are clearly posted and polite ushers will form up a line for you to enter for a service. Everyone is aware of the soaring arches and stained glass and famous people interred there. A service enables you to hear two of the world class musical groups: the choir and the organ. The choir sings complicated pieces of at least four parts and does a magnificient job. The organ has great power and flexibility and is well played by the oragnist. By all means, plan to attend a service in the Church and experience the wonderful acoustics. Soaring arches and soaring music both. Doesn't get any better than that. Price? The collection basket will be passed, so the price is determined by your generosity.

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