The month of Ramadan is considered the holy month of fasting, praying and reciting the Quran for all healthy Muslims.
Most people also donate a portion of their wealth and increase their good deeds, as this month is believed to be the one that the holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.
As such, the last 11 days have seen most London boroughs with Islamic populations come alive with the actives of Ramadan and Muslims keenly observing the special month.
London, as one of the true great multicultural cities of the world, is blessed with some of the best places for prayers, who are either visiting or call it home.
So in the spirit of the month where good deeds are encouraged, here at the 10 best mosques across London for you to have your Iftar (breaking of fasts):
Mayfair Islamic Centre
19 Hertford St, London W1J 7RU
Located in the heart of the city, this masjid has a modern touch to it with the painting and praying mats.
It is a friendly environment and most days visitors will get free food from people seeking the blessings of the month of Ramadan by feeding all Muslims who pray at the mosque.
It’s worth a visit at least once during the month of Ramadan.
East London Mosque
82-92 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London E1 1JQ
This mosque is regarded by many as the best in London for various reasons including its location and its sense of peace.
Located in Whitechapel, this masjid has everything including an Arabic school for people from all walks of life.
It’s also surrounded by shops where you can get Arabic literature and clothes, if you want to do some Ramadan reading.
There is also food for people who turn up for Iftar.
This a really modern day mosque that represents the London well.
London Central Mosque
146 Park Road, London NW8 7RG
One of London’s true central mosques, which is also known as Regent’s Park mosque as it is on the edge of the park.
Legend has it that the land for the mosque was gifted to Muslims in return for a similar site in Cairo, Egypt, where an Anglican church was built in the Egyptian capital.
It’s one of the biggest in London, with the best modern architecture and it has the best communal feel Muslims will get at any mosque in the world.
Inside visitors will find shops and there is even a restaurant for delicious halal food.
It’s definitely worth a visit any day and twice during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Ghana Mosque at Seven Sisters
1 Lawrence Yard, Lawrence Road, South Tottenham London N15 5EG
This is a very small mosque but serves an entire community in north London, and is used for various Islamic activities including marriages and naming ceremonies.
This mosque is unique as visitors are guaranteed Ghanaian food whenever they visit during the month of Ramadan.
People will also learn some Islamic history from the Imams who lead prayers at the mosque.
It’s famous for having a family feel to both visitors and locals of north London.
The Fazl Mosque London
16 Gressenhall Rd, London SW18 5QL
This mosque is a tourist attraction as well as being a prayer ground for Muslims.
During World War One, worshippers said that Allah had told them anybody within the mosque would be safe from danger.
This was put to the test when a bomb landed at the site, but failed to detonate and didn’t cause any damage.
There is always a huge queue outside the mosque with tourists fighting their way inside.
It’s a peaceful place to worship and worth every effort it takes to get in. This was the first mosque to be built in London.
King’s Cross Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre
Basement, Cromer Street Sandfield, London WC1H 8DU
This mosque has a unique feel in that it is the only mosque that is built underground from start to finish.
You are promised Indian and Pakistani food when you visit during Ramadan and the users are very friendly to strangers. It’s situated just five minutes away from St Pancras train station and gives you a unique experience of feeling the City after Iftar.
Peckham Islamic Centre
12 Choumert Grove, London SE15 4PD
A beautiful mosque near Asda where parking is free during the time of Iftar, which is the breaking of fast.
It has recently been refurbished and provides meals for those who come there to break fast
If you’re a fan of Nigerian food, you’d certainly have a reason to go as there are many Africans who come to share food.
Most of the people around are very helpful and friendly so you should enjoy your experience there.
17 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BU
This mosque is situated at the heart of one of London’s main Jewish areas in Stoke Newington near Stamford Hill.
According to early settlers in that area, it was first a synagogue which was later converted to a mosque to show the peaceful relationship which exists between Muslim and Jewish people in London.
Lea Bridge Rd, London E10 7EA
Another beautiful mosque with some of the best Imams, who lead prayer during the month of Ramadan.
Food is always present during Ramadan and it’s close to several tube and bus stops which makes travelling very simple and easy.
Brick Lane Mosque
59 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL
One of my favourite mosques in London purely based on location.
It has a very clean feel to it with women praying floors, and one of the best toilet facilities for cleaning yourself before prayer.
It’s located on a busy street in London’s famous Brick Lane, with halal shops for food if you want to break fast.
Perfect for someone who wants to be praying in a simple relaxed mosque in the city.
Ramadan 2022 prayer times
To help with your prayers this Ramadan, we have included the latest prayer times courtesy of the East London Mosque.
The Suhur and Iftar times are taken from the London Unified Prayer Timetable, and can be used across the whole of London.