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Historic church tucked away

We visited this church as part of a walking tour. If just walking around the area without a guide... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2019
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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Oldest Catholic Church in London still operating as a Church (13th C.)

This is hard to find, in Ely Place, close to Hatton Garden, and until you walk 200 yards into Ely... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2018
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Ely Place | Holborn Circus, London EC1, England
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Reviewed March 18, 2019 via mobile

We visited this church as part of a walking tour. If just walking around the area without a guide we would not have seen it, as it is down a side street and a little bit set back. There is some beautiful stained glass -...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

This is hard to find, in Ely Place, close to Hatton Garden, and until you walk 200 yards into Ely Place, you won't see it. They have a Crypt, and the Church itself. Wonderful stained glass. Built in the 1200's, and still doing Mass every...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

This lovely church is just a stone's through from bustling Hatton Garden in the historic cul de sac which is Ely Place. The stained glass is lovely but for me the highlight were the stone sculptures of men and women martyred at Tyburn.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

Probably one of the best hidden churches in London, set back between Georgian terraced houses in a private road off an otherwise unremarkable City of London side street. But what a fabulous experience it is once you do locate it. It's the oldest Catholic chapel...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

A lovely church tucked away down a city street in London. The huge stained glass window is amazing and the whole church is totally unexpected down this cul de sac full of offices. Don’t miss the cafe.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed May 21, 2018

Went to a friends 70th in this remarkable location. One felt good just being there and it oozed a kind of spirituality of positivity rather than fire and brimstone It would be equally a sensational venue for a wedding or christening.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 3, 2018

oldest Catholic chapel in London - many locals come for the 1 p.m. daily Mass, which is open to the public

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed January 24, 2018

a beautiful church, very historical, located in a small square close to Smithfield, has a very special atmosphere, would recommend visiting

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 18, 2017

It's worth reading up on their website before visiting this interesting and historic church. Beautiful architecture, lovely stained glass windows and lots of history. Tucked away between Regency/Georgian houses in Ely Place. We visited for a wedding with reception in the church crypt - magical!!

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

While searching for a church to attend mass on All Saints' Day, I came across St Etheldreda's. A church dedicated to my 'patron saint'! What's more, it's the oldest Catholic church in England. It's a beautiful little church of ancient stone with gorgeous stained glass...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet
cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or
quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on
the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially
convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an
excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit
practically any taste or budget. With major
attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House
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The church's website does not mention this. It does mention that Henry VIII visited Ely Palace with Catherine of Aragon. It would be unlikely that he married in this chapel. Bishop West of Ely opposed the divorce from... More