All Souls Church (c) John Salmon
All Souls Church (c) John Salmon
In a roundabout way, All Soul's owes its existence to the Duke of Wellington. This classical West End church was built in part in a celebration of thanks for Wellington's victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.
The church was designed by John Nash from 1822-1824 as part of his grand vision for developing Regent Street. A bust of Nash graces the portico of All Soul's.
Nash had the backing from the Prince Regent for a grand redevelopment scheme in central London, entailing a broad route from Regents Park to Carlton House in The Mall. The scheme, which included plans for parks, villas, crescents, a canal, and terraced houses for the nobility, included the church of All Soul's
The church is a delight to the eye, but it was not well received when it was first constructed. Nash was criticized for the design, particularly the slender conical spire, which rises above the circular "wedding cake" peristyle and portico.
All Soul's is set an an angle to the street, though the effect is harmonious to the eye. It is also the only Nash church in London.
All Soul's is located across the road from BBC Broadcasting House, and has often been used by the BC for broadcasting, as well as occasional organ recitals.

About All Souls
Address: 2 All Souls Place, London, Greater London, England, W1B 3DA
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: All Souls
Phone: +44 (0)20 7580 3522
Fax: +44 (0)20 7436 3019
Location map
OS: TQ289815
Photo Credit: John Salmon, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Nearest station: London underground station Oxford Circus - 0.2 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1


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