Sammi and I had spent the last week running all over London, exploring Bath and networking like my life depended on it at the World Travel Market. First thing in the morning we went to Spitalfields Market and on our way back stumbled upon Westminster Cathedral, the other Westminster.
Westminster Cathedral is the largest Catholic church in England and Wales and takes inspiration from the Byzantine empire, complete with turrets and mosque-style domes. I felt transported to Turkey when I was just steps away from cosmopolitan central London.
Over the years the church has been visited by Her Majesty the Queen in honor of her silver jubilee, the first reigning monarch to do so since the Reformation, as well as Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
This cathedral is known for its musical history, hosting musicians and choral groups for the last 200 years. The vaulted dome ceilings and design make it ideal for listening to the Gregorian chants of Westminster Cathedral Choir.
The best reason to visit the other Westminster is that it is completely free to visit, unlike Westminster Abbey. Donations are accepted to upkeep the cathedral. You can also attend one of the many daily mass services. It’s also a nice rainy day activity, of which there are many in London.
Westminster Cathedral is a short walk from the Victoria Tube station as well as the Victoria Bus and Train Station. From there, walk down Victoria Street toward Buckingham Gate. Take a right onto Vauxhall Bridge Road and a left onto Francis Street. The cathedral will be on your left.