PIN St John`s Hyde Park (Church)
Warm and welcoming parish community in the heart of Central London
Located in Central London, St John’s Hyde Park is open to worshippers and cultural tourists alike. Designed by Charles Fowler, a Gothic church was built in 1832. The atmosphere of St John’s is warm and welcoming - bright colours, wooden motifs and the unique stained glass windows which date from the 1870’s look brand new. The Church represents a friendly and inclusive parish community offering education courses and a variety of events for children and adults.
St John’s is particularly proud of its unique organ and choral traditions. Additionally, the Church and associated hall are both available for hire with full kitchen facilities and parking if needed.
Paddington was a little village west of London in the 1700’s, but there was no development of adjacent open farmland until removal of the infamous Tyburn Gallows, north of Hyde Park. In 1783, the gallows were moved to Newgate prison and the subsequent residential developments including Connaught Square resulted in a new church being build – St John’s.
More recently, Richard Branson, an English business magnate, investor, philanthropist and the founder of Virgin Group had an office in the crypt of St John’s church early in his career.
The Organ 'Betty'
It is believed that the original organ was played by Mendelssohn in 1847, and the current organ (nicknamed after the current musical director’s childhood tortoise ‘Betty’) is one of only four complete organs made by Hill & Son in the London area. The ‘Save Betty’ campaign was launched and resulted in ‘Betty’ being restored in its full working glory with all her 1636 pipes.
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LocationHyde Park Cres, Cres, London, W2 2QD (View on Google Maps)
Located in Central London, St John’s Hyde Park is open to worshippers and cultural tourists alike. Designed by Charles Fowler, a Gothic church was built in 1832. The atmosphere of St John’s is warm and welcoming - bright colours, wooden motifs and the uni