St Peter’s Italian church was founded in 1863 in the area that became known as Little Italy. Built for Italian immigrants, it was designed by the Irish architect Sir John Miller-Bryson. He modelled it on the Basilica of San Crisogono in Trastevere in Rome. When it was consecrated it was the only church in Britain in the Roman basilica style.
Even though many of the descendants of the early Italian settlers in the area have moved away, St. Peter’s remains an important focal point for the Italian community.
If you’re around the area in July, look out for the The Procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which has taken place almost every year since 1896. Thousands crowd the streets around the church each year to watch this fabulous spectacle.
With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to visit the church and see the magnificent crib. A Grade II listed building, St Peter’s is without doubt one of the most stunning churches in London.