The London Oratory, generally known as the Brompton Oratory is an Italianate Roman Catholic Church dating back to the 1880s. Visitors may be permitted to view the Oratory but should be aware that it is primarily a place of prayer.
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I absolutely adore this beautiful and serene Catholic Church. I always stop here for a quick visit once I'm shooed out of any of the neighbouring museums (V&A, Science, Natural History).
Since the museums shut around 5:30 and mass at the oratory is about 6, the timing works perfectly.
There is so much creative beauty in this church, that even if you aren't inclined to stay on for mass, you...more
Not sure if/when this is open to tourists, but I sang a concert here a few weeks ago (something that they rarely do-- this isn't a music venue outside of normal Mass music). In some ways it is a shame they don't do more choral concerts here as it is a large and beautiful space.
But they DO have a great choir and organist, so if you don't mind attending a service, the music is of high quality...more
Had Mass here on Easter Sunday, not only is it a beautiful church the Mass was beautiful. We were lucky to attend.more
Until the completion of Westminster Cathedral, the Oratory of St Philip Neri was the premier Roman Catholic church in London.
Built between 1878 and 1896 in the Italian baroque style, the Oratory is like a little piece of Rome dropped into London. The interior has a completed decorative scheme of the sort rarely seen in the UK, with extensive use of marble, stucco and mosaics.