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The London Oratory, London

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The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, or as named in its Grade II* architectural listing, The Oratory, is a large neo-classical Roman Catholic church in Brompton, London. It is traditionally known as Brompton Oratory, which distinguishes it as a church rather than its connected clergy and religious community. The church is closely connected with the London Oratory School, a boys' school founded by the priests from London Oratory. Its priests celebrate Mass daily in the two main forms, frequently conduct ceremonies for well-known people, as it works as an extra-parochial church, and two of its three choirs have published physical copy and digital audio albums.SiteThe church is on the A4 where it becomes Brompton Road, next to the Victoria and Albert Museum, where the street briefly becomes Thurloe Place and Cromwell Gardens but after that neighbouring museum the road becomes Cromwell Road which gradually widens via the Hammersmith Flyover into the M4. The A308 road starts opposite the building which takes up the name Brompton Road. It therefore marks an important junction.
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  • It is full of architectural delights. So many altars, pictures and statues. I notice it is very Tridentine - ie pre Vatican 11 (back to the people altars and Latin Masses) I would love to hear the org...  more »
  • I was lucky enough to cross paths with this church during my walk to the Museum of natural history. The doors were opened and decided to enter; the mass was under way. Is a Neo-Baroque style church, great ... but the thing that left us dumbfounded was the heavenly choir that began singing during the Offertory. So much stuff!
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  • London ,late on Christmas Eve can be a lot quieter than you might imagine ;this is partly due to the fact that the tube stops early in the evening .If venturing out to Midnight Mass at the Brompton Or...  more »
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  • I'm not very religious but I love this place. It's all so unashamedly camp and theatrical! Superb choral music and so much cheaper than going to the opera! Just a shame there isn't a bar for the interval!
  • Possibly the most beautiful Roman Catholic church in the UK. Mass is said several times a day both in the old and new rite mainly in Latin which is such a special experience. The 9am Sunday Mass is said in the Extraordinary Form and the 11am Sunday Mass is fully sung and again in Latin. They hold excellent lectures and talks along with discussion groups, lessons and a range of volunteering opportunities such as helping the homeless or elderly. Don't forget to check out the shop just outside the church for a selection of books etc.
  • Magnificent church, with awe inspiring-music. The boys choir for the Saturday 6pm mass has to be one of the best in the world.
  • If you want to attend solemn Latin or Tridentine Mass this historic Church is the place to go. The side Chapels are beautiful and when there are no services in progress, it is a very peaceful and holy place for private prayer and reflection. Renowned for its three choirs.
  • Most amazing and beautiful church I have ever been in. Absolutely massive and so tall to the ceiling. It is incredible. Which is why it is such a shame that there is no photos or video allowed ever. I think they could add a few hours a day for tourists to come and take pictures. Because of this being a non touristy place there was barely any people there which was nice.
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