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St John's Church, Waterloo

Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

The Church of St John was built to the designs of the architect Francis Octavius Bedford in 1824. Bedford designed three other churches, St George’s, Camberwell, St Luke, West Norwood and Holy Trinity, Newington. They were all built in the same Greek style inspired by Bedford’s background as a well-respected Greek scholar and antiquarian.

The Church was struck by a bomb in 1940, when the roof and much of the interior was destroyed, but later restored and remodelled internally by Thomas Ford in 1950. In 1951 it was rededicated as the Festival of Britain Church.


How to get to the venue

The church sits at the top end of Waterloo Road opposite Waterloo Rail Station and facing the London IMAX Theatre in the centre of the roundabout outside the station. Many bus and tube routes go via Waterloo. Parking in local roads is heavily restricted. There is a ramp from street level up to the church entrance for easy access.

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