EVENTS & HOTELS NEAR WESTMINSTER ABBEY
With a history that goes back a thousand years, Westminster Abbey is one of the most striking and famous religious buildings in the world. It’s been the backdrop for 16 royal weddings, acted as the final resting place of 17 monarchs and has been the coronation location of choice for British monarchs since 1066.
The distinctive Gothic style, as well as the huge collection of monumental sculptures, make the Abbey a place that architecture and history fans can’t afford to miss seeing.
HOTELS NEAR WESTMINSTER ABBEY
THE GROSVENOR HOTEL
10 minute journey on public transport to Westminster Abbey
Situated just south of Buckingham Palace Gardens, it's just two stops on the London Underground or a short walk (you could even take a stroll through St. James's Park if the weather's good) to get to Westminster Abbey.
And beyond the convenient location, The Grosvenor is the perfect base for your London trip, be it for business, pleasure or both. The impressive building was built by Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, and combines all the luxury mod-cons you could ever need for a comfortable stay, with many nods to the Victorian era through unique period features.
THE ROYAL HORSEGUARDS HOTEL
12 minute walk to Westminster Abbey
It's just a 12 minute walk along the Thames from the Abbey to the Royal Horseguards. Located on the famous river, the hotel boasts killer views across London and cleverly combines contemporary design with Victorian style. It has Grade I listed building status due to its impressive architecture which is modelled on a traditional French chateau.
Its central location means you can walk or tube easily to anywhere you want to go, whilst its close proximity to many of the Royal Parks means that there’s always some green space to escape to if the hustle of urban life gets too much.
THINGS TO DO NEAR WESTMINSTER ABBEY
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Westminster Abbey is undoubtedly one of the best places to celebrate the festive period, with regular events and services throughout late November and across December. Particular highlights are the traditional service of Lessons and Carols with the talented Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Crib Service and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
FESTIVAL OF ST CECILIA SERVICE
St Cecilia is the Patron Saint of Music and Musicians and has been honoured in London annually every November since 1946. There are events across the city, but this service (which rotates between Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral) features music sung by the combined choirs of the three churches and a new anthem is specially commissioned each year.
To learn more about the history and design behind the Abbey, take a tour led by a Verger (a church official). It lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a tour of the Shrine (containing the tomb of Saint Edward the Confessor), the Royal Tombs, Poets' Corner, the Cloisters and the Nave. To get additional information and to book your tickets visit the Verger Tour website.