About All Souls Church
Sitting at the northern end of Regent Street, All Souls Church is the last surviving church designed by John Nash, one of London’s most famous and celebrated architects and the favourite of King George IV.
Designed in the Regency style with a stunning interior space accentuated by gilded faux-marble columns and classical decorations, the church was completed by December 1823 at a cost of £18,323 and consecrated by the Bishop of London the following year. Built of Bath stone, the Grade I listed building is perhaps most famous for its peculiar 12-panelled spire surrounded at the base by a peripteros of Corinthian columns.
All Souls was a Commissioner’s church, in that a grant was given by the Church Building Commission of £12,819 towards the cost of building works but unlike much of Nash’s architecture in London, including Marble Arch, the sweeping terraces of York Gate and Clarence House, it wasn’t met with universal praise. Writing in The Mirror of Literature, Amusement and Instruction in 1828, a reviewer said ‘To our eye, the church itself, apart from the tower, (for such it almost is) is perhaps, one of the most miserable structures in the metropolis’. The church is open most days for visitors but it’s often closed for special events so please check opening times before you visit.