Standing at the edge of Regent's
Park, the London Central Mosque has a beautiful
setting surrounded by trees.
This striking golden-domed mosque
was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd. Completed in
1978, the fine building was erected as a place of worship
for the increasing numbers of Muslim residents and visitors
in the capital.
The mosque's main hall of worship
can hold 1,800 people under its domed roof. The plain
square chamber is sparsely furnished apart from a vast carpet
and magnificent chandelier. A traditional Islamic pattern
of (predominately blue) broken shapes lines the inside of
All visitors to the London Central
Mosque must remove their shoes before entering the building.
There is a separate gallery for women (who must also remember
to cover their heads).