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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.

 
 

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral St Paul's Cathedral Where:
, St Paul's Churchyard, London London, EC4M 8AD
Category: Historic Buildings

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

Tube: St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station, Blackfriars 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 façade 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 great celebration of Easter begins with the lighting of the Paschal Candle on Saturday 19th April at 6pm and on Easter Sunday at 10.15am The Bishop of London takes the Choral Mattins.

 
 

Events at St Paul's Cathedral

Sokari Douglas Camp CBE: All The World Is Now Richer
Ongoing

7th March to 6th June 2014 - 9.30am-4.15pm | £16, child £7, family £39, concs £14

 
City of London Festival Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd June to 25th July 2014 | Various Prices

 

Founded in 1962, the City of London Festival is a summer programme of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks. It takes place across several City of London venues, including St Paul's Cathedral, and outdoor ...more

City of London Festival Children's Parade Free Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 27th June 2014 | Free

 

A record number of 1,500 children and young people from across London are taking part in this year's Children's Parade which travels in a noisy and colourful cavalcade from Guildhall Yard to the steps of ...more

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All Souls Church, Langham Place

All Souls Church Langham Place All Souls Church Langham Place Where:
, 2 All Souls Place, London London, W1B 3DA
Category: Historic Buildings

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

Southwark Cathedral Southwark Cathedral Where:
, London Bridge, London London, SE1 9DA
Category: Historic Buildings

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 12pm and stops at a number of places along the way for readings before concluding at 3pm.

 
 

Events at Southwark Cathedral

EMA
OngoingFree Event

8th March to 30th May 2014 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Good Friday Concert

Friday 18th April 2014 - 6.30pm-8.45pm | £12

 

A concert performed by the Girls and Men of the Cathedral Choir. Programme includes Faures Requiem and The Lamentations Of Jeremiah.

Music Recital
On Soon

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 - 3.15pm | phone for prices

 

Flautist Helena Gourd performs a selection of classical works written by various composers.

Organ Recital
On Soon

Monday 28th April 2014 - 1pm | phone for prices

 

Julian Thomas will perform classical works on the organ.

Music Recital
On Soon

Tuesday 29th April 2014 - 3.15pm | phone for prices

 

Soloists Mark LeBrocg and Andrew Rupp perform works by Bach, with backing from The 1885 Singers.

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St Clement Danes

St Clement Danes St Clement Danes Where:
, Strand, London London, WC2R 1DH
Category: Places of Worship

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. The Easter services both take place at 11am on Good Friday, 18th April, and on Easter Sunday, 20th April.

 
 

Events at St Clement Danes

Community Contrasts
On Soon

Saturday 26th April 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £18, child £5

 

The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus joins Bristol-based, 11-piece vocal group Original Sing for opera choruses from Purcell's Dido And Aeneas and Mozart's Idomeneo, Dies Irae from Verdi's Requiem, and the London premiere of ...

Ain't Misbehavin'
On Soon

Wednesday 30th April 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £18, child £5

 
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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey Where:
, Dean's Yard, London London, SW1P 3PA
Category: Historic Buildings

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 (15th April) when the choir of Westminster Abbey, accompanied by period-instrument ensemble St. James's Baroque, will be performing Dietrich Buxtehude's 1680 cycle of seven Passion cantatas, each contemplating a different aspect of the body of Christ on the cross. James O'Donnell, the Abbey's organist and Master of the Choristers, conducts.

 
 

Events at Westminster Abbey

60 Chairs For 60 Years
OngoingFree Event

6th May 2013 to 27th September 2014 - 10.30am-4pm | Free, plus admission £18, concs £15, NUS £8, family £36 & £44, under 11s Free accompanied

 
Lufthansa Festival Concert

Thursday 22nd May 2014 - 7pm | £10-£45, adv booking required

 

James O'Donnell conducts Handel's Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne and his 'Dettingen' Te Deum.

The Choir Of Westminster Abbey

Thursday 22nd May 2014 - 7pm | £10-£45

 

James O'Donnell conducts Handel's Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne and his 'Dettingen' Te Deum.

Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Chopin Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 15th July 2014

 

Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin marks the start of the Summer Organ Festival 2014 at Westminster Abbey, which brings five recitals by internationally acclaimed organists to London's imposing Abbey. Each of the five evening performances explore the versatility ...more

Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin

Tuesday 15th July 2014 - 7pm | phone for prices, adv booking required

 

The organist performs a selection of classical pieces.

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St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin-in-the-Fields Where:
, Trafalgar Square, London London, WC2N 4JJ
Category: Historic Buildings

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

Feza Erkeller-Yuksel And Helen Lee: Point Of View
Now OnFree Event

14th April to 11th May 2014 - Various Times | Free

 

Paintings by the artists, with Erkeller-Yuksel bringing a political eye to her latest work in oil while Lee focuses on detailed rendering of architectural forms of London in ink and watercolour.

Benoit Cazelles
OngoingFree Event

20th March to 31st May 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
The Bible In Pictures
OngoingFree Event

20th March to 31st May 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
Good Friday Free Event

Friday 18th April 2014 | Free

 

The second of the 'Three Great Days' is marked at St Martin-in-the-Fields with reflections on the passion of Christ with singing by the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields and words by the Revd Dr Sam ...more

Allegri Miserere for Good Friday

Friday 18th April 2014 - 6pm | £22 (Adults), £19.80 (Concessions)

 

Ivor Setterfield conducts the New London Singers, one of London's most outstanding vocal ensembles who are regulars at St Martin-in-the-Fields, as they perform Allegri's Miserere, Lotti's Crucifixus A 8, Tavener's Song For Athene, Trad's The ...more

Mozart Requiem by Candlelight

Friday 18th April 2014 - 8pm | £30, £25, £20, £16, £9

 

Ivor Setterfield conducts Barts Chamber Choir as they perform Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, Piano Concerto No 23 and Requiem on Good Friday. Barts Choir was started by a group of nurses at St Bartholomew's Hospital ...more

Bach Magnificat by Candlelight On Soon

Saturday 19th April 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £9-£30, NUS/OAP/under 16s £8.10-£27

 

The London Bach Singers, a chamber choir of virtuosi founded to perform the great choral works of Bach with their sister group the Feinstein Ensemble, perform Bach's Magnificat and his Easter Oratorio at St Martin-in-the-Fields ...more

Easter Day at St Martin-in-the-Fields On SoonFree Event

Sunday 20th April 2014 | Free

 

Easter Day and the third and final of the 'Three Great Days' is marked at St Martin-in-the-Fields with singing by the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields and words by the Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of ...more

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