The exterior of Brompton Oratory

Brompton Oratory

Kensington & Hyde Park

The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the London Oratory and the Oratory of St Philip Neri, is a Roman Catholic church that in London is second in size only to the incomplete Westminster Cathedral. Built in Italian baroque style in 1884, the interior is swathed in marble and statuary; much of the decorative work predates the church and was imported from Italian churches. The church was employed by the KGB during the Cold War as a dead-letter box.

Light up a candle for loved ones for 45p. There is a busy schedule of services (five in English and Latin on weekdays, four on Saturday and throughout the day on Sunday), including a Solemn Mass in Latin on Sundays (11am).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Kensington & Hyde Park attractions

1. Victoria & Albert Museum

0.12 MILES

The Museum of Manufactures, as the V&A was known when it opened in 1852, was part of Prince Albert’s legacy to the nation in the aftermath of the…

2. Science Museum

0.21 MILES

The Science Museum will mesmerize with its interactive and educational exhibits covering everything from early technology to space travel. Take the family…

3. Sensational Butterflies

0.22 MILES

This seasonal exhibition at the Natural History Museum has hundreds of butterflies and moths. It's a firm summer favourite and highly popular with kids.

4. Michelin House

0.25 MILES

Built for Michelin between 1905 and 1911 by François Espinasse, and completely restored in 1985, the building blurs the stylish line between art nouveau…

5. Wildlife Photographer of the Year


This international photographic exhibition at the Natural History Museum has been drawing visitors since 1964, and displays stunning images from the…

6. Natural History Museum


With its thunderous, animatronic dinosaur, riveting displays about planet earth, outstanding Darwin Centre and architecture straight from a Gothic fairy…

7. Royal College of Music Museum

0.38 MILES

This illustrious museum is closed for rebuilding and redevelopment until July 2020. Till then, a part of the museum collection can be explored digitally…

8. Royal Albert Hall

0.43 MILES

Built in 1871, thanks in part to the proceeds of the 1851 Great Exhibition organised by Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's husband), this huge, domed, red…