The Syriac Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom (SOC-UK) is a Patriarchate Vicariate of the Syriac Orthodox Church that is headed by the His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, the Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. SOC-UK has its main site at St Thomas Cathedral in London, where the Archbishop HE Mor Athanasius Toma Dawod Dakkama resides.
The architect Sir Edward Brantwood Maufe was the leading church architect of the 20th century. The church building displays Maufe’s characteristic pared down Gothic manner, influenced by contemporary Scandinavian church design and having strong affinities with contemporary British work by Charles Holden, Giles Gilbert Scott and others. The institute building forms a low podium, with simple mullion and transom windows, flat roofs and stepped, Ziggurat like massing particularly emphatic around the main east doorway on Old Oak Road.