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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.

 
 

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 6.30pm.

 
 
 

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 10am 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

2nd to 24th December 2016 | Various, some Free

 
Southwark Cathedral Carols & Services Southwark Cathedral 2016-12-022016-12-24 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 12th December for Feed the Minds, raising money for the charity which helps transform lives ...more

Guy's And St Thomas' And Evelina London Community Carols
On Soon

Wednesday 7th December 2016 - 7pm-8.15pm | £8

 
Guy's And St Thomas' And Evelina London Community Carols Southwark Cathedral 2016-12-072016-12-07 Where:
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge London, SE1 9DA
Category: Historic Buildings

Community & Lifestyle, Charity/Fundraising Event.

Feed the Minds Carol Concert On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 12th December 2016 | £10, £17, £27 plus booking fee

 
Feed the Minds Carol Concert Southwark Cathedral 2016-12-122016-12-12 Where:
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge London, SE1 9DA
Category: Historic Buildings

One of several Christmas carol concerts at Southwark Cathedral in December, this night is a little bit special. The Feed the Minds Carol Concert features popular sing-along carols, performances from the Quorum choir, a small ...more

Candlelit Carol Concert
On Soon

Monday 12th December 2016 - 7.30pm-9pm | £10-£27

 
Candlelit Carol Concert Southwark Cathedral 2016-12-122016-12-12 Where:
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge London, SE1 9DA
Category: Historic Buildings

Live Music, Choir.

London Concertante - Christmas Baroque By Candlelight
On Soon

Friday 23rd December 2016 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £19-£32

 
London Concertante - Christmas Baroque By Candlelight Southwark Cathedral 2016-12-232016-12-23 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

26th November to 25th December 2016 | Various, many Free

 
St Paul's Christmas Carols & Services St Paul's Cathedral 2016-11-262016-12-25 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. To meet the increasing demand, this year St Paul's hosts a series ...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
Bill Viola
On Soon

8th September 2016 to 11th August 2018 - 8.30am-4.30pm | £18

 
Bill Viola St Paul's Cathedral 2016-09-082018-08-11 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings
MS Society Christmas Concert
On Soon

Thursday 8th December 2016 - 7pm-8.15pm | £35-£150

 
MS Society Christmas Concert St Paul's Cathedral 2016-12-082016-12-08 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

With classical solo performers Sir John Tomlinson, Catherine Wyn Rogers, Gerald Finley and John Mark Ainsley, plus The Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and St Paul's Cathedral Consort and readings from celebrities.

Childline's Merry Little Christmas
On Soon

Tuesday 13th December 2016 - 7pm | £22-£99

 
Childline's Merry Little Christmas St Paul's Cathedral 2016-12-132016-12-13 Where:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

Celebrating Childline's 30th anniversary with choir performances, including special guest Russell Watson.

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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. 

 
 

Events at St Clement Danes

Christmas At Versailles
On Soon

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £9-£18

 
Christmas At Versailles St Clement Danes 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
St Clement Danes, Strand London, WC2R 1DH
Category: Places of Worship

Live Music, Choir.

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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. But, even though the Abbey has witnessed its fair share of pomp and ceremony - early examples are King Edward's burial and William the Conqueror's coronation - it still retains a tradition of daily worship, counting itself not just as an historic building but as a living church within the Church of England. Enjoy a special recital on Tuesday in Holy Week (22nd 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.

 
 

Events at Westminster Abbey

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

27th November to 25th December 2016 | Free, some tickets required

 
Westminster Abbey Midnight Mass, Christmas Carols & Services Westminster Abbey 2016-11-272016-12-25 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

Christmas For Families
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 10am-3pm | Free

 
Christmas For Families Westminster Abbey 2016-12-102016-12-10 Where:
Westminster Abbey, Dean's Yard London, SW1P 3PA
Category: Historic Buildings

Join the choristers for carols in the medieval chapter house and make your own festive cards in a Christmas craft workshop.

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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

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

26th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017 | Various

 
St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols & Services St Martin-in-the-Fields 2016-11-262017-01-02 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

Daniel Benn
On SoonFree Event

Monday 5th December 2016 - 1pm | Free

 
Daniel Benn St Martin-in-the-Fields 2016-12-052016-12-05 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

The cellist performs sonatas by Beethoven and Strauss.

Choir Of St Martin-In-The-Fields: The Joys Of Christmas
On Soon

Monday 5th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £9-£29

 
Choir Of St Martin-In-The-Fields: The Joys Of Christmas St Martin-in-the-Fields 2016-12-052016-12-05 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

The choir performs festive works and carols, including Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful and It Came Upon The Midnight Clear.

Drew Steanson
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 6th December 2016 - 1pm | Free

 
Drew Steanson St Martin-in-the-Fields 2016-12-062016-12-06 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

The British-Australian pianist performs works by Bach and Medtner.

Carols by Candlelight - Ronald McDonald House Charities
On Soon

Tuesday 6th December 2016 - 6.30pm-8pm | £12-£20

 
Carols by Candlelight - Ronald McDonald House Charities St Martin-in-the-Fields 2016-12-062016-12-06 Where:
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

Community & Lifestyle, Charity/Fundraising Event.

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