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“Brompton Oratory - Near Victoria & Albert Museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The London Oratory

The London Oratory
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“Brompton Oratory - Near Victoria & Albert Museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

The Brompton Oratory, also known as the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is located just past the Victoria & Albert Museum on Brompton Road. You can stop here after your visit to the museum. It makes a nice pit stop, before wandering onward to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and other points of interest between the museums and Hyde Park.

The Brompton Oratory is a neo-classical Roman Catholic Church built between 1880 and1884. It was the largest Catholic church in London until Westminster Cathedral was finished in 1903. The exterior of the church resembles a fairly typical Italian basilica, while the interior is Italian Baroque and Renaissance in style. Here you'll find 17th century sculptures, some nice painting, pulpit and alter. Generally speaking, it is quite nice inside the church.

While not as elaborate, decorative or historic as many Catholic churches you may have visited elsewhere in Europe, the Brompton Oratory is a pleasant church to visit in London, if you have energy after your visit to the nearby Victoria & Albert museum.

Visited December 2013
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“Something special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

As you slip into the Brompton Oratory, after a hard day's museum wandering, the effect is almost narcotic.The quiet, touched with incense - is immediate and inviolable. You edge into a pew and let your eyes wander over the stunning architecture. Is it possible you are still in London, and ten steps away from the din and rattle of the Brompton Road? No, you have been transported to another place. Some time passes, and you begin to wonder if this is what they call a religious experience. Some more time passes - was it minutes or hours? - and you stagger out into the harsh light of now and today.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful church, quick visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

This church is right next door to the V & A Museum and Gallery so it is very convenient to visit. It is rare to find such beautiful catholic church in central London. Outstanding architecture and the perfect place to rest and meditate for a few quiet moments.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

I went three times- for a look-see, a low latin mass and a high latin mass. It was so beautiful I wanted to move to London just to go here every day!

Visited April 2013
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“Music of the highest order”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

This is the heart of the great Catholic musical tradition.Old fashioned, old style, traditional to its core -almost like visiting a museum but everything is justified by the sheer quality of the wondrous music.

Visited March 2013
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