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This is the
house of God

The gate of heaven (1162)

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London’s Jerusalem

Re-presenting the Holy Sepulchre (1162)

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Gothic glory

Built for a king’s burial (1240)

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The harmonies
of heaven

Singing to God’s glory

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At the heart
of Legal London

The Temple in our time

“This is the house of God,
the very gate of heaven” 

Welcome to the prayerful and beautiful Temple Church, steeped in the history of Christendom, this country and the whole Common Law World. 1162: the Round Church was built to be London’s Jerusalem. 1214–19: Magna Carta was negotiated in the Temple, and its greatest hero was buried in the Church. 1584, 1776, 1787: from Raleigh’s expeditions through the colonial constitutions to the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the Temple was the birthplace of American Law. And to this day the Church serves the legal colleges Inner and Middle Temple, London’s residents, visiting jurists and travellers from all over the world with some of the most uplifting services, music and discussions in London. Please keep up to date with all our services and events via our latest Newsletter.

How can so ancient a building be equipped to serve the modern age in prayer and praise and engagement with the socio-legal challenges facing Britain and the wider world? Through Restoration & Renewal: Equipping the Temple Church for the next 100 Years, a major programme of refurbishment and repair, energised and supported by The Friends of the Temple Church.

Robin Griffith-Jones Master of the Temple
Mark Hatcher Reader of the Temple

Temple Church Collage

Thursday 19 May

The Church is usually open Mon–Fri, 10.00am–4.00pm

For up-to-date sightseeing hours, see what's on in summary below


Admission for Sightseeing

£5.00 | £3.00 | Free to children, the Inns’ members, Inns and Chambers staff, and their guests.

For more information click here


Choral Services

Next Choral Service: Choral Evensong. Wednesday 18 May, 6.00pm Sung by the Bar Choral Society  


Giving to the Temple Church

By credit card, donate here

By standing order, donate here

For Restoration & Renewal, named choristerships and comparible gifts, contact the Master here

What’s On In Summary

ThuMay19
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm

Memorial Service - Alistair McCreath Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
FriMay20
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

SatMay21
SunMay22
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonMay23
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueMay24
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedMay25
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Choral Evensong for Eve of Ascension Day Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuMay26
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm
FriMay27

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
SatMay28
Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
SunMay29
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonMay30
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
TueMay31
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
WedJun01
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
ThuJun02
Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
FriJun03

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
SatJun04
Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
SunJun05
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am
MonJun06
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJun07
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedJun08
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
ThuJun09
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriJun10
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

SatJun11
SunJun12
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am
MonJun13
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJun14
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedJun15
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
ThuJun16
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriJun17
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

SatJun18
SunJun19