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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. Our legal term and legal year are now beginning, and we are delighted to be open again – with the sensible precautions you would expect – to welcome all those who will enjoy this special place.

How can so ancient a building be equipped to serve the modern age in prayer and praise and engagement with the pressing 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 20 January

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: Epiphany Carols Wednesday 19 January 6.00pm


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

ThuJan20
Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm
FriJan21
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatJan22
SunJan23
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonJan24
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJan25
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedJan26
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Thomas Allery Concert 1:15 pm1:45 pm

Choral Evensong Service 5:45 pm6:45 pm
ThuJan27
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm
FriJan28
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatJan29
SunJan30
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonJan31
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueFeb01
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedFeb02
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm


Choral Evensong for Candlemas Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuFeb03
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriFeb04
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatFeb05
SunFeb06
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonFeb07
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueFeb08
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Wedding Service 5:15 pm6:15 pm
WedFeb09
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Roger Sayer Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuFeb10
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Memorial Service - Eben Hamilton QC Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
FriFeb11
Church Closed for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatFeb12
SunFeb13
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonFeb14
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueFeb15
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedFeb16
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Anna Lapwood Concert 1:15 pm1:45 pm

Choral Evensong for St Valentine's Day Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuFeb17
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriFeb18
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatFeb19
SunFeb20