Fitzrovia Chapel is another place I visited as part of Open House London last year, somewhere that had been on my radar since seeing some pictures on Instagram, and I was pleased to have my expectations exceeded. Designed by John Loughborough Pearson in 1891 it was built as a tranquil space for the staff and former patients of Middlesex Hospital but by the time the chapel was finished and opened in 1929 the hospital had been demolished.
The chapel is, as you’d expect, quite small but that does allow you to see the wonderful decoration around the room in detail – featuring seventeen different types of marble.
It really is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in and is being well looked after by the Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation. It is still very much in use and can be hired for weddings, exhibitions etc. and as a filming location.
The ante-chamber is lined with memorial tiles which gives an interesting insight to the history of the hospital.
Definitely pay a visit if you can – the chapel is regularly open to visitors. You can find more photos here.