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Temple ChurchTemple Church sits within the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court, and was originally consecrated in 1185 as the spiritual and actual home of the Knights Templar. The church has a long and powerful history, and survives as one of London's oldest original churches despite it's association with the once powerful order of the Templars.

The magnificent chancel of the church was built in the 13th century at the behest of Henry III, who buried his infant son here and originally intended to be laid to rest in the chancel himself.

The Knights Templar originally built the entire Temple complex as a seat of power independent from the Crown, and the residences provided a focal point for the barons as they renegotiated the Crown's power through the Magna Carta of 1215. Despite this independent ethos, the Templars grew close to the Crown, although even closer to Rome, and eventually the order was to suffer from being identified with rebellious barons who banked their money at the Temple to avoid tithes, and with a primary loyalty to the Pope.

Henry III himself fell out with the Templars over money and loyalty and the beginning of the Order's decline was marked by his decision to move his own grave back to Westminster Abbey. The order was finally disbanded by Henry VIII and many of the residencies destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. However, the beautiful church was preserved as an Anglican seat and has survived, occassionally propped up and restored, since then. Miraculously the Temple Church survived the heavy city-centred bombing of World War II with only a burnt roof and a few cracked pillars.

Today the church is still a vibrant Anglican community with Sunday services, and the Master of the Temple is a coveted Anglican position, with holders giving regular talks to the public on theology. The church has always had a fantastic choir and the magnificent acousits attract musicians from far and wide, including Paul Tortelier who made his recording of the complete Bach Cello Suites there in 1983.

This beautiful church boasts an ancient and exciting history, and the architecture speaks of the wealth and power invested in the church. There are magnificent tombs, a splendid nave, and a majestic choir, in what is also one of the oldest churches in London.

A quiet and inspiring spot in the heart of the City.

 

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Apex Temple Court Hotel
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1-2 Serjeant's Inn, EC4Y | 2 minutes from Temple Church
Amazing hotel, located right in the heart of the city. The Apex Temple Court Hotel is a landmark building that has been converted into a four ... More
 
 
 
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Located in the very heart of the Square Mile, Crowne Plaza London The City is a newly renovated hotel set on the site of Henry VIII's ... More
 
 
 
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Middle Temple Hall
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Middle Temple Lane, Holborn, London EC4Y | 2 minutes from Temple Church
Middle Temple Hall, completed in 1574, is late-Gothic in style. Its attractions are a rare double-hammer beam roof, an intricately carved screen (which, although heavily damaged ... More
 
 
 
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Strand, Holborn, London WC2A | 3 minutes from Temple Church
A stunning example of Gothic architecture, London's Inns of Court date back to before the 14th century. It is here that barristers train and traditionally practice. ... More
 
 
 
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Oxo Tower Wharf
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Bargehouse Street, Off Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Temple Church
Originally a power station, later a reprocessing plant owned by the Oxo Company, the bold, Art Deco Oxo Tower was marked out as ripe for demolition ... More
 
 
 
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Two Temple Place
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2 Temple Place, Holborn, London WC2R | 3 minutes from Temple Church
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New Street Square, City, London EC4A | 4 minutes from Temple Church
Just off New Fetter Lane, New Street Square is a quiet space in Holborn where you can shop and stop off for a bite to eat. ... More
 
 
 
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Temple Church, 180 The Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Temple Church
Britain's biggest biannual showcase of British and international fashion presents catwalk shows, talks by industry experts, hair and beauty tips and trends as well as more ...More
 
 
 
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Temple Church, Strand, WC2R | 6 minutes from Temple Church
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213 Strand, Holborn, London WC2R | 2 minutes from Temple Church
The Funny Side comedy group runs comedy clubs in three locations in London, including the flagship Covent Garden venue above The George pub which puts on ... More
 
 
 
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Kings Reach, Victoria Embankment, Holborn, London EC4Y | 4 minutes from Temple Church
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Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from Temple Church
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Ede & Ravenscroft
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93 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A | 3 minutes from Temple Church
Founded in Aldwych in 1689 Ede and Ravenscroft has the rare distinction of being the tailors and robe makers of choice for twelve coronations and holds ... More
 
 
 
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The Natural Kitchen
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15-17 New Street Square, Fetter Lane, City, London EC4A | 3 minutes from Temple Church
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Chancery House 53-64 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from Temple Church
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Pret A Manger
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28 Fleet Street, Holborn, London EC4Y | 1 minute from Temple Church
Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
 
 
 
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Gaucho - Chancery Lane
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125 - 126 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A | 1 minute from Temple Church
The Gaucho Grill boasts the finest Argentine steak (Bife de Lomo) in London. The consistently high quality is spread throughout all nine of its London venues. ... More
 
 
 
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229 - 230 Strand, Aldwych, Holborn, London WC2R | 1 minute from Temple Church
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Topnotch Health Club, 3 Tudor Street, City, London EC4Y | 5 minutes from Temple Church
Grandmaster Gedo Chang's Hapkido martial arts schools emphasises practical self-defence, confidence, balance and fitness. The ancient Korean martial art of Hapkido is made up of three components: ... More
 
 
 
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Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Temple Church
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40 Essex Street, Holborn, London WC2R | 2 minutes from Temple Church
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145 Fleet Street, City, London EC4A | 3 minutes from Temple Church
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66 Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 3 minutes from Temple Church
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Humble Grape Fleet Street
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1 St Brides Passage, Fleet Street, EC4Y | 4 minutes from Temple Church
A wine bar and shop selling wines directly from independent vineyards, Humble Grape opened its first wine bar and shop in Battersea ... More
 
 
 
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Bounce Farringdon
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121 Holborn, Holborn, London EC1N | 6 minutes from Temple Church
Paddles at the ready! Europe's first social ping-pong club has arrived in London and, quite brilliantly, is built in the exact spot that table tennis was ... More
 
 
 
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Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Temple Church
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Middle Temple Hall
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2 Plowden Buildings Middle Temple Lane, Holborn, London EC4Y | 2 minutes from Temple Church
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