‘Best view in Europe’: See Westminster Abbey anew from new galleries, tower
Westminster Abbey is on most must-see list of sights when visiting London — but even if you’ve toured before, a magnificent new experience awaits this summer.
On 11 June, the much-anticipated Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries — a breathtaking 70 feet above the history-rich floor — will debut in the medieval Triforium, which is being open to the public for the first time in 700 years with a treasure trove of historical artefacts. Private donors have contributed £23 million to fund the first phase of the development, allowing guests to see what was once deemed “the best view in Europe” by the English poet John Betjeman.
That view is accessed through another feature of the project, which is the first major addition since 1745 to the Abbey’s church: The new Weston Tower, tucked into a hidden courtyard outside Poets’ Corner, offers access by stairway or lift to The Jubilee Galleries. The Tower incorporates design features and materials compatible with the Abbey’s traditional style and provides unparalleled visual perspectives on the Houses of Parliament and the Abbey.
The four-part opening exhibition in the galleries will contain 300 objects, most of which have never been seen by the public. Arranged by four themes — Building Westminster Abbey, Worship and Daily Life, Westminster Abbey and the Monarchy, and The Abbey and National Memory — artefacts will date from the earliest construction plans in the 10th century to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage licence from their 2011 wedding that was broadcast around the world from the Abbey.
For more on the new features, the Abbey itself, and to purchase tickets, click here.
Getting there from Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodations is quick and simple. We are a short walk to the South Kensington Underground station, where the District Line will zip you to Westminster Station and the historic sights of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the Abbey — and you can walk across the Thames via Westminster Bridge to the London Eye.