New Scientology HQ opens in London
The Press Association Monday October 23, 11:33 AM
The Church of Scientology has unveiled its new London headquarters with a grand opening ceremony.
The controversial religion, which counts Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its followers, is expanding its British operation.
It has bought and refurbished the former home of the British and Foreign Bible Society in the City of London, for its new HQ.
Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard chose London as home to the organisation's first offices.
Several hundred Scientologists braved the driving rain to listen to an address by Scientology leader David Miscavige.
He said: "This day will go down in history. Of all the foreign lands where LRH lived and worked, he called England home.
"This is the city wherein he first defined the human spirit as an immortal being possessed of capabilities beyond anything predicted and so arrived at the axiomatic truths on which the whole of Scientology is founded."
Hollywood actress Anne Archer, whose roles include Michael Douglas's wife in Fatal Attraction, attended the opening.
She was raised a Christian Scientist but joined the Church of Scientology in 1976 and credits it with turning her life around.
The actress conceded that Scientology has received a bad press but said: "All new ideas are criticised but we are doing remarkable things."