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The London Oratory, London

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The London Oratory School, commonly known as The London Oratory, is a Catholic day secondary school for boys aged 7–18 and girls aged 16–18 situated in Fulham, London. Founded in 1863 by The Fathers of The London Oratory in Chelsea, London, The London Oratory is historically linked to two fellow Oratorian institutions: the nearby Brompton Oratory and The Oratory School in Berkshire. The school is renowned for the quality of both its choral and its instrumental music. The Oratory is one of England's oldest Catholic state-funded boys' schools.IntroductionThe London Oratory School admits 160 boys to the first form, as well as twenty boys who join the senior school from the Junior House. The School educates boys aged 7–16 and boys and girls aged 16–18 in the sixth form. There are around 1,350 pupils including about 350 in the sixth form.The School shares its religious and cultural identity with the Congregation of the Oratory who founded the School and are its trustees. The school's formal links with the Brompton Oratory go back to the foundation of the school by The Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri (London) and continue as the Fathers of this Congregation are the trustees of the School. The London Oratory School and The Brompton Oratory continue their close working relationship which includes the Oratory Fathers supplying chaplaincy to the School and the School supplying the Schola choir for the parish.
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  • This beautiful Catholic Church should rank among the top churches in London. Its history and beauty is impressive and awe inspiring. Inside, it is truly magnificent and a place of peace and tranquilit...  more »
  • Amazing Catholic Church in central london. Fantasy place to sit and reflect. It's amazingly peaceful yet a few hundred meters from the hustle and bustle of Harrods.  more »
  • Your view of a church is dependent on the love of God in your heart. The closer to God the more you enjoy simplicity and the less you like too much ornamentation that distracts you from the main purpo...  more »
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  • Possibly the most beautiful Roman Catholic churches 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.
  • It feels like being in Italy. Good art. It's a church though, and religion is bad news anyway, but the building is worth a visit.
  • Beautiful building. Preaching of exceptional quality. Good if you favour the traditional rite.
  • Amazing, uniquely dignified place. I would recommend a visit for a moment of reflection or to simply catch their breath.
  • I only ever come here for midnight mass. And much more for the beautiful choir than the ramblings of an old man in a dress. Stunningly self-indulgent architecture.