Do you know what one of the best games in the world is? Or one of the best adventures, if you may. Well, going to London church-hunting, of course! Why? Well, if you’ve read some of our past articles, then you probably know by now that the city is just simply riddled with downright extraordinary religious structures. Every time we bring up London, we also have to include the image of Sir Christopher Wren, the gentleman who was responsible for a massive total of 51 churches after the Great Fire of London of 1666 – if such perseverance from a single man could be witnessed during the course of history, then just think of what greatness is housed within the capital of the United Kingdom. The churches that have survived the London Blitz of World War II can all be visited today and they should be. So, without further ado, let us explore some of the greatest religious structures dedicated to St Andrew within the bounds of the city. Put your seat belts on, folks, for we are in for a wild ride (wink)!
1. St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe:
No traveller should hit the inner bound of the City of London without paying a visit to the exquisite Queen Victoria Street and its awe-inducing St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe church. Affiliated with the Church of England and designated a Grade I structure within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, it adheres to the striking architectural standards of the Baroque style. And, of course, as you may have guessed it, it was designed by the master architect Sir Christopher Wren – just to shed some more light on the importance of the man once again (wink). Flattened during the London Blitz, it had to be rebuilt and rededicated in 1961. So, St Andrew’s list is getting larger by the hour, eh (another wink)?
2. Old St Andrew’s Church, Kingsbury:
Have you ever met a Romanian person? We ask because they are some of the friendliest and most pious people in the world. Their steady community-growth in the north-western section of London spawned a 20-year lease that turned the Old St Andrew’s Church, Kingsbury, into a Romanian Orthodox place of worship – and a fine one at that. Listed as a Grade I in the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, it presents some of the most noteworthy characteristics of the Gothic architectural style. Under the wings of the Churches Conservation Trust, it possesses six Grade II listed structures within the reaches of its yard and these are: a monument to William Frederick Ashton, the chest tomb of Joseph Finch, and four tombstones. Built between the 12th and the 13th centuries, it is known to have been predated by a previous religious structure pertaining to the Saxon period.
3. St Andrew Undershaft:
Happen to be exploring St. Mary Axe? Good, because that is where you should check out the St Andrew Undershaft church. Affiliated with the Church of England, it has been listed as a Grade I building on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Featuring some of the most exquisite features of the Perpendicular Gothic style (a style that is a bit lesser known), it is one of the few churches to have withstood the Great Fire of London in 1666 (Sir Christopher Wren didn’t need to build or rebuild this one – wink). The structure that you can see today was constructed in the year 1532 but the site has been in religious use since the 12th century. Such an old relic cannot be left out by any means!
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned churches have you personally witnessed and what lasting impressions have they left you with? Be sure to tell us all about you experiences in the comment section below. And whenever you have a little time, be sure to check back for some more adventures (wink)! Safe travels!