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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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Temple Winter FestivalTemple Winter FestivalTemple Winter FestivalBack for its fifth year, the Temple Winter Festival presents a series of concerts with music inspired by the Christmas story written over the centuries. Running for five days, it will see the famous historic Temple Church, located in a picturesque courtyard between the Middle and Inner Temples, filled with festive music from the likes of the BBC Si2017-12-11T00:00:00+00002017-12-15T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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DATES  11th to 15th Dec 2017
Back for its fifth year, the Temple Winter Festival presents a series of concerts with music inspired by the Christmas story written over the centuries. Running for five days, it will see the famous historic Temple Church, located in a picturesque courtyard between the Middle and Inner Temples, filled with festive music from the likes of the BBC Si... More about this event
 
 

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Apex Temple Court Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £93  36% off
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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19 New Bridge Street, EC4V | 5 minutes from Temple Church
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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336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 7 minutes from Temple Church
A luxurious 5-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city, ME London offers guests a lavish accommodation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the impeccable guestrooms ... More
 
 
 
 
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Middle Temple Hall
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Middle Temple Lane, Holborn, London EC4Y | 2 minutes from Temple Church
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Inns of Court and Royal Courts of Justice
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
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
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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
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Temple Church, 180 The Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from Temple Church
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Kings Reach, Victoria Embankment, Holborn, London EC4Y | 4 minutes from Temple Church
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Peacock Theatre
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Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from Temple Church
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Ede & Ravenscroft
London > Shopping > Clothing
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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Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Temple Church
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Chang's Hapkido Academy
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Topnotch Health Club, 3 Tudor Street, City, London EC4Y | 5 minutes from Temple Church
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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
Sprawling 17th century tavern with rabbit-warren of bars and a rich history. Steeped in history, this pub’s story stretches back through the reigns of fifteen monarchs. While ... More
 
 
 
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The Tipperary
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66 Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 3 minutes from Temple Church
Visit this pub and you'll soon find out it's really not a long way to Tipperary. In fact it's merely a ten minute walk (stumble) ... More
 
 
 
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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
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Oxo Tower Bar & Brasserie
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Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Temple Church
Boasting one of the best views in town, the Oxo Tower Bar is perfect for combining a spot of leisurely (if static) sightseeing with some classy ... More
 
 
 
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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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Two Temple Place, Holborn, London WC2R | 3 minutes from Temple Church
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