the church in the modern age

always fascinated by churches, I am not religious, but part of me is drawn to them – be it little or grand.  one of my favourite churches  is  St Pancras old church –  what a wonderful jewel this is and especially if you manage to see music in there.  the church dates back from 625AD and is just reeling with history.

churches now have to be very flexible with their uses  – with high maintenance costs, they are all opening their doors to help pay the bills.  the actors church, st paul’s church, in covent garden has its own theatre company, so look out for future productions. the garden is a haven in the midst of the bustle of the market .

the union chapel is quite well known for putting on concerts and live music – and what an atmospheric space to hear music in.

its lovely to walk around smithfields on a sunday when its quiet and explore – its strange how tranquil parts of london become on a weekend; but if you are there in the week, its good to visit st bartholomew the great – its a beautiful old church originating from the 12C – the cafe is open for breakfast and some evenings its open for cocktails – its very atmospheric! I saw a spectacular theatre performance there, so keep an eye out for events that go on there.

just close by is the chapel at the Charterhouse – you have to book a tour for the house, but the chapel is free to enter.

st lukes church in old street is a hawksmoor church that also holds lot of concerts and workshops, and its where the london symphony orchestra hold their rehearsals, and now that I have moved to the Barbican, all these places are so close.

i first saw st barnabas church in soho recently and was taken back by this gem of a church right in the busy centre;  its attached to a member’s club now,  but non profit making aiding homeless people into work;  there is also the added benefit of a beautiful garden.

another of my favourites is the beautiful church of Blythburgh in suffolk, with its carved wooden angels, its simplicity really makes it one of my favourite interiors.

another church that caught my attention is- the metropolitan cathedral in Liverpool.

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