• St. John the Baptist, Kensington

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London's gem throws open its doors

On the busy Holland Road in Kensington sits a gem of Victorian architecture and eclesiastical treasures. The church, finished around 1885, is described as "cathedral-like" and is the only grade I listed building in the borough.

Exterior

In 2016, the church approached Viridor Credits to improve the original access into the church in order to attract more visitors in to appreciate the beautiful interior. The project involved re-siting the font, erroneously placed in front of the entrance subsequent to the original architect's death, to the correct position within the church and cleaning the stained glass to brighten the narthex.

Entrance

A former chapel was also converted into a general function room with kitchen and toilet, creating a warm and welcoming space for community groups for secular activites as well as church use.

Community Room

Visitors will be spoiled with a richness of beautiful sculpture and design, including the reredos in the chancel. Soon, an office in the church will give visitors the opportunity to discuss the interesting artefacts with a member of the church team.

Reredos