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All Souls Church, Langham Place
Southwark Cathedral
St Clement Danes
Westminster Abbey
St Martin-in-the-Fields
St Paul's Cathedral
Easter in London
 

 

Easter isn't just about gorging on chocolate - it's an important date in the Christian calendar, a time when Jesus died and rose again. You can drop into almost any London church on Easter Sunday and the whole of Holy Week for quiet contemplation and raise-the-roof hymn singing. We've highlighted just a few below.

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All Souls Church, Langham Place

2 All Souls Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1B 3DA

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Anyone who's stood at Oxford Circus wondering which way to turn or trying to meet somebody outside Topshop cannot have failed to notice this striking in-the-round church standing at the northern end of Regent Street. All Souls is the last surviving church built by 19th century architect John Nash and received some pretty harsh criticism when it opened in 1824. Today, the church fills to the rafters for Sunday services as people escape the hustle and bustle of the West End and come into this place of worship. It also has an active outward focus, ministering to workers, students and young people through a variety of groups and events. Services are a rich mix of praise, music (All Souls' famous orchestra accompanies the congregation about once a month) and biblical teaching. Rector Hugh Palmer, a Chaplain to the Queen, Elizabeth II, since July 2012, and Rico Tice, All Souls' resident evangelist, talk about hope in the Christian faith. Services are on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, when the evening service begins at 5.30pm.

 
 
 

Southwark Cathedral

Bridge, Bankside, London, SE1 9DA

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

While you might be hard pressed to get into the Easter Sunday services at the oldest Gothic building in London, Southwark Cathedral is running many additional services over the Easter period. A hidden gem of a cathedral on the south bank of the Thames by London Bridge, its position just across the river from the city means its mission is to the thriving business community outside its walls but at this time of year worshippers come from all corners to engage with Jesus' death and resurrection. Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday and on Good Friday there's the Walk of Witness which begins at the cathedral at 10.15am and stops at a number of places along the way for readings.

 
 

Events at Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral Carols & Services Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th to 25th December 2018 | Various, some Free

 
Southwark Cathedral Carols & Services Southwark Cathedral 2018-12-112018-12-25 Where:
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge London, SE1 9DA
Category: Historic Buildings

Southwark Cathedral has a number of festive services open to the public throughout December including a rather special concert on 11th December for Feed the Minds, raising money for the charity which helps transform lives ...more

Christmas Baroque By Candlelight
On Soon

Saturday 22nd December 2018 - 7.30pm | £19-£32

 
Christmas Baroque By Candlelight Southwark Cathedral 2018-12-222018-12-22 Where:
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge London, SE1 9DA
Category: Historic Buildings
Moonlight Sonata By Candlelight

Thursday 14th February 2019 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £15-£32

 
Moonlight Sonata By Candlelight Southwark Cathedral 2019-02-142019-02-14 Where:
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge London, SE1 9DA
Category: Historic Buildings
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St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Churchyard, City, London, EC4M 8AD

Tube: St. Paul's Station , Mansion House Station, Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

The great dome of St Paul's is one of the most striking features of the City's skyline, standing proud as a beacon of our Christian heritage. Walk over the Millennium Bridge on Easter Sunday with the majestic cathedral fašade before you and you'll be in for something of a spiritual experience before you even step inside. The building is a wonderfully historic site. Built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666 destroyed Old St Paul's, the new cathedral miraculously went on to escape major damage during the Blitz in World War Two. Images of the famous dome framed by smoke became a powerful symbol of hope in a dark time. This poignant story of survival and a lesson in leaving the past behind while looking to new life is what Jesus' resurrection at Easter is all about. The Holy Week services at St Paul's provide a traditional and thoughtful way to meditate on these significant themes. The Good Friday Choral Mattins and Litany in Procession begins at 10.15am while in Easter Sunday proceedings commence at 5.45am with the Easter Day Dawn Eucharist.

 
 

Events at St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Christmas Carols & Services Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st to 27th December 2018 | Various, many Free

 
St Paul's Christmas Carols & Services St Paul's Cathedral 2018-12-012018-12-27 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

Few places are better for traditional Christmas services and carols than St Paul's, the spiritual home of Great Britain. St Christopher Wren's great dome, which dominates much of the City, fills with the sound of ...more

Bill Viola: Mary OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th September 2016 to 31st December 2018 | Free

 
Bill Viola: Mary St Paul's Cathedral 2016-09-082018-12-31 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings
Prepare the Way of the Lord: Music for Advent
On Soon

Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd December 2018 - 11am-12.30pm | £65

 
Prepare the Way of the Lord: Music for Advent St Paul's Cathedral 2018-12-012018-12-22 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

Literary & Education, Music Workshop.

Carols At Christmas
On Soon

Tuesday 18th December 2018 - 7pm | Free-£100

 
Carols At Christmas St Paul's Cathedral 2018-12-182018-12-18 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

Live Music, Choir.

British Red Cross Festive Concert
On Soon

Thursday 20th December 2018 - 6.45pm-8.15pm | £35-£97

 
British Red Cross Festive Concert St Paul's Cathedral 2018-12-202018-12-20 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

The evening will be hosted by Classic FM host John Suchet, and there will be a variety of heart-warming readings by well-known faces including actors Joanna Lumley and Jason Isaacs.

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St Clement Danes

Strand, Holborn, London, WC2R 1DH

Tube: Temple Station

 
 

For a child-friendly atmosphere in the heart of London, head along to St Clement Danes. The classic English nursery rhyme - "'Oranges and lemons', say the bells of St Clement's" - could be said to be based on this church on the Strand and its bells indeed ring out the tune daily at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm. St Clement Eastcheap also lays claim to being the church featured in the rhyme but don't let a mere technicality get in the way of enjoying the tradition. The rhyme rings out on the church bells, the oldest of which is the Sanctus Bell which was cast in 1588 by Robert Mot, founder of the Whitechapel Foundry. A church has stood on this prominent spot beside the Royal Courts of Justice, on an island in the middle of the Strand, for over 1,000 years. The 'Danes' in the title may well refer to its 9th century construction by the many Danish who lived in England at the time and who dedicated the church to St Clement, patron saint of mariners. Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the church escaped damage in the Great Fire of 1666 but was rebuilt by Christopher Wren in 1681. Not so lucky during the Blitz, it was all but destroyed in 1941 and restored in 1958 as the central church of the Royal Air Force. 

 
 
 

Westminster Abbey

Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3PA

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station

 
 

People have been worshipping on this site for over 1,000 years, dating back to when Benedictine monks arrived circa 960. From these humble beginnings Westminster Abbey has become one of the most famous churches in history, not least because of its awesome architecture, with kings and queens having started and ended their reigns within its majestic walls for centuries. At Easter you can enjoy a special recital on Tuesday in Holy Week (27th March) when The Choir of Westminster Abbey will be performing JS Bach's St Matthew Passion. James O'Donnell, the Abbey's organist and Master of the Choristers, conducts. On Easter Sunday there are two services - a sung eucharist in the morning and evensong and procession in the afternoon with singing by the Choir of Westminster Abbey.

 
 

Events at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd to 25th December 2018 | Various, some are Free with no need to book while others are ticketed

 
Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services Westminster Abbey 2018-12-022018-12-25 Where:
Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard London, SW1P 3PA
Category: Historic Buildings

Pack inside one of London's most famous landmarks for an old-fashioned service to take you right through to Christmas Day. Westminster Abbey has been at the centre of royal and religious life in Britain since ...more

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St Martin-in-the-Fields

Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4JJ

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Set in the heart of the West End, St Martin-in-the-Fields is a popular place of worship and is frequently full to the rafters for its services and excellent concert programme. Every Easter it has a comprehensive programme of religious services and prayers, including services in Mandarin and Cantonese (for the nearby Oriental population of Chinatown). The annual Palm Sunday Procession is always one for the diary and includes a procession from Admiralty Arch led by a donkey. The historic church, which overlooks Trafalgar Square, was designed by James Gibbs and built in 1726. It houses a glorious eaterie - the Cafe in the Crypt - a gift shop, brass rubbing centre, art gallery and a market in the courtyard. Candle-lit concerts are held from Thursday to Saturday, there are free lunchtime recitals on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and jazz on Wednesdays. All profits go to support the work of the church, with its particular ministry to the homeless.

 
 

Events at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Thames Chamber Orchestra

Thursday 13th December 2018 - 7.30pm | £9-£32

 
Thames Chamber Orchestra St Martin-in-the-Fields 2018-12-132018-12-13 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

Keith Marshall conducts Bach's 'Christians Be Joyful' from The Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi's 'Winter' and Bach's Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring, plus Handel's 'Christmas Music' and 'Hallelujah Chorus' from The Messiah, with Christ's College Cambridge.

St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols & Services Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th November to 30th December 2018 | Various

 
St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols & Services St Martin-in-the-Fields 2018-11-282018-12-30 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a perfect venue for any kind of service or concert - especially when candlelit and on a cold winter's night - but it is really quite extraordinary during the festive period when ...more

Jonathan Radford And Christine Zerafa
On SoonFree Event

Friday 14th December 2018 - 1pm | Free

 
Jonathan Radford And Christine Zerafa St Martin-in-the-Fields 2018-12-142018-12-14 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

The saxophonist and pianist together perform Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, Vaughan Williams's Six Studies In English Folk Song, Manuel De Falla's Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas and Grieg's 'Nocturne' And 'March Of The Trolls' From Pieces ...

Locrian Ensemble
On Soon

Friday 14th December 2018 - 7.30pm | £9-£32

 
Locrian Ensemble St Martin-in-the-Fields 2018-12-142018-12-14 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

Justin Pearson, Roger Humphrey and Jonathan Darbourne conduct Corelli's Christmas Concerto, the traditional The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Howard Blake's Walking In The Air and Bach's Choruses from Christmas Oratorio, with Southend Boys' and Girl's ...

St Martin's Voices
On Soon

Saturday 15th December 2018 - 4pm | £7-£18

 
St Martin's Voices St Martin-in-the-Fields 2018-12-152018-12-15 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

Andrew Earis conducts a programme of carols, with organist Richard Tanner.

St Martin's Voices
On Soon

Saturday 15th December 2018 - 7.30pm | £9-£32

 
St Martin's Voices St Martin-in-the-Fields 2018-12-152018-12-15 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

Andrew Earis conducts Leontovich's Carol Of The Bells, Pearsall's In Dulci Jubilo, Rutter's Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium and Whitacre's Lux Aurumque, plus carols, with organist Richard Tanner.

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