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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published March 3rd 2019
One of the most beautiful hidden sites of London
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I always love it when you find something spectacular seemingly hidden from view. For me, this is the case with the magnificent Westminster Cathedral - a beautiful building that you could easily miss.

Everything about this building, which was acquired in 1884 by the Catholic Church, is spectacular. It is a stunning red-and-white-striped cathedral, which is highly decorative, and also notably the home of the Archbishop of Westminster.

One of the most beautiful aspects of the building's exterior is its magnificent tower. Though it is not anywhere near as tall as other vantage points in the metropolitan London area, the Viewing Gallery is a respectable 64 metres high, and allows generous views of the Central London area, including such sites as Victoria, Green Park, St. James' Park and the River Thames.

Obviously, as this is a functioning cathedral, there are times when the cathedral is probably not best to be visited for a look around (during services for example), but outside of these times, the interior is definitely worth a look. There are amazing marble mosaics to view, and the decoration of the interior has well over a hundred types of marble incorporated into its design, more than any other building in England.

Enough reasons to visit this hidden beauty? I think so.

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Why? A hidden beauty tucked behind a busy street in Victoria
When: Monday Friday 8.00am 7.00pm Saturday & Sunday 10.00am 1.00pm
Phone: 020 7798 9055
Where: 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW
Cost: Donations welcome
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