Address: 5 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NB
Founded in 1873 and officially consecrated in 1956, the Corpus Christ Church on Maiden Lane in the heart of London is a hidden gem of the West End and a perfect place to visit for lovers of fine architecture and culture.
Once described by Archbishop Cardinal Henry Manning as “a sanctuary … specifically devoted to the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament”, the church is famous for its traditional latin mass and its highly ornate interior.
A wide selection of services are held at the church throughout the week, while visitors hoping to head along to pay their respects or to simply soak up the atmosphere can do just that, with the church open to all between the hours of 8 am until 7 pm on weekdays and from 9 am until 6 pm at weekends.
Regular services to take place at the Corpus Christ Church on Maiden Lane include:
- Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) – 30 minutes preceding each Mass, other times on request.
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – weekdays, except Tuesdays, from 12 noon to 1 pm.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Youth 2000 – Wednesdays at 7 pm.
- Weekday Mass – Monday to Friday: 1.05 pm, Bank Holidays: 10.00 am, Holy Days of Obligation: 12.05 pm and 1.05 pm.
- Weekend Mass – Saturdays: 6 pm, Sundays: 9.30 am and 11.30 am.
Stunning sights at Corpus Christi Church
One of the most impressive sights for visitors to the church is the recent addition of a statue to Our Lady of Walsingham.
Blessed by Bishop Alan Hopes in September 2015, the statue depicts Mary sitting on a golden throne holding the baby Jesus. It was presented to the church during a gala evening ceremony that saw many leading lights of the UK Catholic church in attendance.
Meanwhile, other stunning features of the religious building include several impressive marble friezes around the property, its imposing Gothic architecture and towering windows.
Other nearby attractions for visitors to the area
Visitors to London hoping to find fantastic entertainment and attractions are extremely well catered for in the area around Corpus Christi Church. Here are just some of the fantastic sights to see and things to do that will have travellers coming back time and again to explore new things every time:
- Coca-Cola London Eye (0.8 miles, 14 minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (0.6 miles, seven minutes)
- Trafalgar Square (0.3 miles, six minutes)
- Churchill War Rooms (0.8 miles, ten minutes)
- Somerset House (0.3 miles, six minutes)
- The London Dungeon (0.9 miles, 15 minutes)
- Palace of Westminster (0.9 miles, 12 minutes)
- Westminster Abbey (0.9 miles, 12 minutes)
- Big Ben (0.8 miles, ten minutes)
- The National Gallery (0.3 miles, seven minutes)
- Shakespeare’s Globe (1.4 miles, 18 minutes)
- The British Museum (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
Hotels near Maiden Lane’s Corpus Christi Church
The Piccadilly London West End Hotel – 11 min (0.6 mi) via Shaftesbury Ave (Best option – it’s near and boutique with luxury facilities)
Park Grand London Paddington Hotel – 31 min (3.3 mi) via Bayswater Rd/A402
Park Grand Paddington Court London Hotel – 30 min (3.2 mi) via Bayswater Rd/A402
Park Grand London Hyde Park Hotel– 30 min (3.3 mi) via Bayswater Rd/A402
Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel – 29 min (3.2 mi) via Bayswater Rd/A402
Park Grand London Kensington Hotel – 33 min (4.5 mi) via A4
Places to park near Corpus Christi Church
Travellers that are planning to take to the roads during their London getaway can expect to find a large selection of parking options open to them when considering a visit to Corpus Christi Church, including:
- Savoy Adelphi Car Park (0.2 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Tolpuddle Street Car Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
- Q-Park Trafalgar Square (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
- Leicester Square Car Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
- Q-Park Chinatown (0.4 miles, seven minutes)
- Shelton Street Car Park (0.3 miles, five minutes)
- Coleshill Parkway (0.4 miles, seven minutes)
- Car Park Covent Garden (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Covent Garden (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
Anyone hoping to hire a car during their time in the English capital should be aware of the fact that traffic volumes can be high throughout the day, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours. It is therefore important that motorists remember to plan their journeys in advance, while also taking the time to pre-book parking spaces when possible.
Underground travel to Corpus Christi Church
For anyone hoping to forego the potential stresses of driving in the heart of London, there is always the extensive Underground network that connects all parts of the English capital with relative ease.
Here are some of the nearest Tube stations for visitors to Corpus Christi Church:
- Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
- Charing Cross Underground (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
- Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
- Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
- Temple (Circle and District lines)
Individuals heading to the area from further afield can also make use of overground rail services from nearby Charing Cross Station.
Full details of all public transport options to the area can be found by visiting the official website of Transport for London. This includes extensive scheduling information for services, including station opening times, train and Underground arrival timetables and more.