In the 2001 census the largest religious groupings are Christian (58.2%).
King Henry Vlll set up the Church of England in 1534. It is still the country's offical church and has many London members.
The city has three great Anglican churches:
- St Paul's Cathedral
- Southwark Cathedral
- Westminster Abbey (where Britain's Kings and Queens are crowned)
The Jewish population is the most heavily concentrated in London, with 56 per cent of the Jewish population of Great Britain living there. London's Jewish community grew in the 19th century, when refugees came from Nazi Germany. London's oldest synagogue is Bevis Marks in the City.
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Just over half (52 per cent) of Britain's Hindu population live in London. Many of the Indians living in London are Hindus. In 1995 some built a magnificent place of worship in the north-western suburb of Neasden. It is called Swaminarayan Temple, and its many parts were carved from marble and limestone in India, then sent to London to be assembled.
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Around two fifths of Muslims (38 per cent) live in London. Many members of London's large Islamic community are Bangladeshis and Pakistanis. others such as Arabs and Turks, belong to smaller minority groups. the city's Islamic places of worship, called mosques, range from ordinary local buildings to the impressive Central London Mosque in Regent's Park.
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31 per cent of the Sikh population live in London.
Of the 149,000 Buddhists living in Britain in 2001, 36 per cent live in London.
Census 2001, Office for National Statistics
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y family is proud to sponsor this program at Queens College. It would have been difficult to not continue the program after hearing about the experiences of the participants from the program and reading their Impact Plans. It was particularly moving to hear how all the participants, who were knowledgeable and well informed about the cultures and religions of the Middle East to begin with, gained even greater respect and understanding as a result of their participation in the program. Equally, if not more impressive, was the manner in which the participants themselves demonstrated one of the best aspects of America—the effortless ease with which Americans of different faiths interact, collaborate and form work and social relationships with each other without differences in faith getting in the way. It is our belief, that by sharing this wonderful aspect about our country, we can someday bring down the barriers that divide so many in parts of the world where religious and cultural differences divide people and keep them from appreciating the common human good in each other.
The Ibrahim Family Foundation, while small, has the lofty goal of “sharing America with the world and sharing the world with America.” The participants in the Ibrahim & Queens College Leadership Dialogue Program have the opportunity to make a big difference in the lives of the people they touch, by sharing themselves as representatives of the America of tomorrow. At the same time, as future American leaders, the participants have the opportunity to gain deeper appreciation of the cultures and religions of the Middle East—a region critical to the security and prosperity of the world. As future American leaders, someday the participants will hopefully play a role in turning a part of the world that is known today as a region of conflict into a region of promise.