Places of Worship

Going to local places of worship is a great way to meet people outside of Notre Dame. You can also experience more of everyday life in London.

Catholicism is not a dominant religion in London, and the vast majority of churches in the city are Anglican. However, as London is highly multicultural city, whatever your religion or faith, there will most likely be a place in Central London where you can go to worship.

Below are a selection of places of worship near Fischer and Conway Hall.

Places of Worship near Fischer Hall

Catholic Churches:

Newman House, the University Chaplaincy Centre of Westminster. Notre Dame students will always be welcome to go there, meet students, and get involved. Newman House is about a 30-minute walk from Fischer Hall, but is close to 4 tube stations.

RC Church of Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory is situated in Soho, just 10 minutes from Fischer Hall. It is one of the most historic churches in the Westminster diocese. There are daily services and regular confession times.

St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church is in Soho Square, a 15-minute walk from Fischer Hall. St Patrick’s has a strong Catholic identity and is popular among young Catholics in the city. The Church’s outreach work focuses on homelessness, poverty, addiction, and personal difficulties. There are daily services, and regular confession, adoration, and prayer times.

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Protestant and Anglican Churches:

St. Martin-in-the-Fields is just across Trafalgar Square, opposite the National Gallery. It is famous for its homeless outreach project (The Connection), and is committed to social justice. It has active Chinese and English-speaking congregations. The Church celebrates music and art.

Orange Street Congregational Church is a Protestant church by Leicester Square, just a 5-minute walk from Fischer Hall. Services are held every Sunday.

St James’s Piccadilly is near Piccadilly Circus, less than 10-minutes walk from Fischer Hall. The church was designed by Christopher Wren, famous for his redesign of St Paul’s Cathedral in the 17th century. Services are held nearly everyday and St James’s also holds regular courses on topics of faith in today’s society.

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Mosques:

There are several mosques within just a mile of Fischer Hall e.g. Soho Islamic Centre and Mayfair Islamic Centre. Further afield, The Islamic Cultural Centre and London Central Mosque on the edge of Regent’s Park is the most active Islamic center in the Europe, and the U.S.

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Synagogues:

There are various synagogues within 2 miles of Fischer Hall.

The Central Synagogue is a 30-minute walk from Fischer Hall, but is close to 3 tube stations. It holds regular weekday and Shabbat services, and social events throughout the year.

40 minutes away is the West London Synagogue with services on Fridays and Saturdays.  Just around the corner from there is the Western Marble Arch Synagogue, which holds regular services, as well as social and cultural events.

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Places of Worship near Conway Hall

Catholic Churches:

St Patrick’s RC Church Waterloo is just around the corner from Conway Hall. It is run by Franciscans, and is the smallest church in the Archdiocese of Southwark. It is known for its friendly atmosphere and cultural diversity. There are daily services.

St George’s RC Cathedral is a 10-minute walk from Conway Hall. London Undergraduate Program opening Masses are sometimes celebrated there. It is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Southwark (Dioceses of Southwark, Arundel and Brighton, Portsmouth, and Plymouth). Its community is lively and cosmopolitan. Services are held daily, and there is a Spanish-speaking service on Sundays.

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Protestant and Anglican Churches:

St John’s at Waterloo is right next to Conway Hall. The main service is on Sundays but there are also weekday prayers. The Church hosts an annual summer festival to celebrate the arts, and regular music recitals.

Oasis Church Waterloo is a church with a long history where many Christian societies and initiatives were born. It initially had 2 buildings – Christ Church and Upton Chapel – both of which were bombed in 1940. Consequently, the Churches worked together to form a united congregation, Christ Church and Upton Chapel, which in 2003 joined the Oasis Trust. Oasis Trust is an organization that provides education, housing, healthcare, employment, and training for Church leaders around the world. Services are held on Sundays. It is a 10-minute walk from Conway Hall.

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