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The Brompton Oratory

January 14th 2013

What: The Brompton Oratory
When: Check times on the website
Where: South Kensington

The Brompton Oratory

If you ever wondered what that serious looking building is next to the V&A (if you've ever been to the V&A), it's the impressive Brompton Oratory, a Catholic church that has stood there since 1835. If you're knackered after doing the V&A or took the little animals to the Natural History Museum, come here for a few minutes and say a prayer for God to renew your legs and give you patience so you don't slap one of them. The interior is amazing, done in the most ornate baroque Italian style - think of what Elton John's living room would look like with extra gold flown in from Dubai and you're warming up (please don't let that put you off). You can also get married there as long as you give the priest six months notice and perform some other formalities.


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