The Lord be praised! The wonderful Welsh church on Eastcastle Street, a three minute walk from Oxford Circus, is back with us. A year ago I dubbed this the funkiest church in central London - based on the enticing architecture more than the liturgy or order of service, you understand. And promptly the building was shrouded under plastic sheets and scaffolding. I had an awful fear that even if the frontage of this listed chapel was preserved, the interior might be gutted and turned into yet another boutique office.
As you can see, the scaffolding is now gone - the church has conducted Sunday services throughout, though the renovation work isn't entirely complete. And as I walked by this lunchtime, I noticed the door ajar and took a peep inside. As you can see below, the pews and pulpit are all in tact - it's still a chapel, not an office. Hallelujah!
Heading out, I noticed that two of the workmen were spending their lunch break in the back row of the church - in prayer. They could have been taking a lunchtime kip, but I don't think so. Even for an atheist, that was sort of nice.
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