HTB Onslow Square

HTB Onslow Square, London

HTB Onslow Square
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The area
Neighborhood: South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
How to get there
  • Gloucester Road • 8 min walk

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futtock21
London, UK11,100 contributions
Rebranding hacks
Oct 2019 • Solo
The proper name of this church is St. Paul’s Onslow Square, a Grade II listed Anglican Church completed in 1860 to the designs of James Edmeston. Its vicar for over forty years from 1876 to 1919 was one Hanmer William Webb-Peploe, an evangelical clergyman and significant light in the holiness movement. Appropriate then that when I visited this late Sunday afternoon I discovered the builders had not only occupied the forecourt but he rebranded the church as HTB Onslow Square making it sound more like a burger bar or some type of anti-social large vehicle than a church. Inside something akin to a rave was in progress featuring a young man lecturing (or was it rapping) beneath a light display reading (twice) ‘life hacks.’ Were he a clergyman he would be inappropriately dressed without a cassock and surplus. A stocky man of Asian descent told me photography was not allowed in church. But what was going on did not resemble any sort of worship. And I saw no reason to take any notice of a man whose close resemblance was not to that of a churchwarden so much as a bouncer.
Written October 20, 2019
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LucyGxx
Lusaka76 contributions
Welcoming and vibrant
Apr 2018 • Friends
Visited with a friend who is a regular member of the congregation. I am Muslim as is my partner who also came, we both enjoyed the service in particular the music and warmth felt. No pressure was put on anyone to get involved or otherwise but it was heartwarming to see people’s passion. On a personal level I enjoyed worshipping our same God in a different setting and way to which is usual for me.
Written April 16, 2018
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markjg65
London, UK80 contributions
Excellent place to worship
Oct 2016 • Friends
Friendly vibrant church with so much going on whether you are seeking after answers or committed Christian
Written October 2, 2016
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nibor1955
London, UK72 contributions
A great atmosphere- very friendly
Sep 2016 • Friends
If you like your faith hot, try HTB. If you are not sure you have a faith, try HTB. If you are sure that atheism is the way for you, try HTB. I think the best services are at 5pm and 7pm. Dry ice, good lighting and a great sound before a thought provoking talk. It's the place to challenge your preconceptions.
Written September 19, 2016
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Derek G
Edinburgh, UK79 contributions
Authentic Christianity. Contemporary worship.
Jan 2016 • Friends
Arrived early and enjoyed coffee and pastries at church cafe. Sung worship led by Ben Cantelon (who I often listen to on Spotify). 8 child baptisms on day we visited! Inspiring talk by Charlie Mackesy. Overall impression of a group of people practicing authentic Christianity.
Written January 17, 2016
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Emmanuel123
Kuala Lumpur247 contributions
A Great Alternative Carol Service at a Magnificent Building HTB Onslow SQ
Dec 2015 • Friends
This location was accessed easily from South Kensington Underground Station. There was a short queue for several musical performances at the popular carol service. The hall was good for it and the sound terrific. An informal atmosphere popular with the young crowd. Seating was on cushion with some chairs on the side.
Written December 25, 2015
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