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St. Etheldreda's

Ely Place | Holborn Circus, London EC1, England
+44 20 7405 1061
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Hidden gem

While searching for a church to attend mass on All Saints' Day, I came across St Etheldreda's. A... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Historic and awesome

Discovered this beautiful church during lunchtime explorations of the Farringdon area. Although... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
London, UK
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Ely Place | Holborn Circus, London EC1, England
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Reviewed 9 November 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

Thank Audrey63
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Discovered this beautiful church during lunchtime explorations of the Farringdon area. Although signposted, it's 'hidden' in Ely Place. The downstairs room was full of diners on my first visit, so couldn't be entered. That treat came later. The church upstairs was open however and is...More

Thank Gakeitse
Reviewed 27 May 2017

This restored Romanesque church has lovely stained glass depicting the martyrs. It was damaged in the war and rebuilt in the 1950s.

1  Thank teenasan3
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Visited St Etheldreda`s as part of a day out in London, what an absolute gem, If you are in this part of London it is a real must, half an hour is enough to see this very beautiful Chapel, the glass is amazing, if you...More

1  Thank Peter P
Reviewed 16 February 2017

was invited to attend a little do here by a company we utilise as a celebration. It is very difficult to find some where with the OOWW factor, well this definitely has it. The presence and the feel of the surrounds are amazing, the staff...More

Thank colin h
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Hidden away in Ely Place is this beautiful Catholic Church. It is almost always open. It has lovely modern stained glass and statues of Catholic Martyrs. It has an a unique atmosphere. It's a short walk to Smithfield where many of the Catholic and even...More

2  Thank KAW687
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The ancient church is perfect for mass with accompanying music -- much as it was intended when the building was constructed several hundred years ago. Likewise the stained glass, carved wooden details, and stonework harken to its long and storied past.

1  Thank Pro698
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Like many we just came across the church while in the area looking at something else. A wedding was about to take place but we were allowed in. A choir clearly to sing at the wedding were practising. We passed under them and looked at...More

1  Thank Paul H
Reviewed 16 May 2016

I was at school at St Etheldreda's in the 1960/70s and took my First Holy Communion at the Church. The School was next door in the convent and tiny and run by nuns - it was a wonderful wonderful place to be. I didn't realise...More

3  Thank chrissie281
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Went on a weekday morning and felt really calmed by the hushed atmosphere. The entry to the sanctuary area is via quite an unusual route and the splendour of one of the largest stained glass windows suddenly hits.

1  Thank Kier02
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