Oratory of St Philip Neri

Immaculate Heart of Mary, this is the second largest Catholic church in London.

About this church

Built in 1880-84 in a neo-Baroque style with a deliberate 'Italian Renaissance' feel, it has a large dome and cupola standing 61m (200ft) tall.

The ornate interior is breathtaking, with a nave wider than St Paul's, pilasters and columns in Devon marble, and more exotic marbles in the apse and altars.

Huge marble figures of the Twelve Apostles, along with most of its 17th century treasures, were brought to London from Italian churches.

Bizarrely, during the Cold War the KGB supposedly used the porch to drop secret communique's!

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches


St Luke

This church was consecrated by the Bishop of London on St Luke’s Day, 18th October 1824 and was built because the original parish church (now known as Chelsea Old Church) was regarded as too small for the increasing population.

St Mary

More information about this church coming soon.

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