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/ 21 October 2014

Open church: St John the Evangelist, Notting Hill

A Grade II-listed church of 1844-5, St John’s resembles a miniature cathedral with its cruciform plan and 150 foot-high central tower and spire. It was built to serve the Ladbroke Estate and the surrounding area is still primarily residential, although Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market are only a short walk away. The church is open daily from 10.00am to 1pm for worship and visitors.

/ 21 October 2014

Open church: St Mary, Willesden

This Grade II*-listed church boasts a long and fascinating history going back to 938, when it was reputedly founded by King Athelstan. Since 1996 the church has been open regularly for people to come in quietly and pray and sit at any time during daylight hours.

/ 21 October 2014

Open churches: The Friends of City Churches

The Friends of City Churches (FCC) is an independent charity reborn in 1994 from a then-moribund organisation in response to the Templeman Report of that same year. The report recommended mothballing 27 of the 39 Anglican churches in the City of London, something which would in all likelihood have led to closure and redundancy of some immensely significant buildings.

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