Architect: William Butterfield, 1849-59
A hugely influential design that provided the template for many High Victorian Neo-Gothic urban churches.
Sacrificing space to a courtyard in such a limited site may seem an odd decision, however the area created an all-important threshold for the church and allowed more natural light to permeate the cramped south elevation. Walking through the church's corner entry door, visitors are met with the tiny chancel and sideways nave that comprise the explosively decorative interior of Butterfield’s pioneering creation. Today the Gothic Revival is easily associated with grim moralising, but Butterfield’s colourful design, reflecting the ideas of John Ruskin, was intended as a celebration of life and creativity.
Best time to visit: open Monday-Saturday 7:30am-6pm with various weekday and Sunday services
Address: 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG