St Sophia's Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Also known as the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom (Hagia Sophia), this Greek Orthodox church can be found in Moscow Rd, Bayswater. The area displays quite a few Greek influences and Hagia Sophia is perhaps the most significant and certainly the most impressive.
The money for the cathedral was raised by London’s Greek community, who began to congregate in this little corner of the city in the 1800s. The foundation stone was laid in 1877 and it was consecrated in 1882 by the bishop of Corfu. It’s been a community hub for the congregation ever since and even runs a school where Greek traditions (like dancing) are integrated into the curriculum.
It’s built in the byzantine revival style. While the outside is striking with arches and the main copper-clad dome, the inside is lined with marble, with an impressive screen of painted icons and fantastic byzantine-inspired mosaics cover the walls.
You can find the cathedral of St Sophia at W2 4LQ. The nearest underground station is Bayswater.