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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

Everything we do is now streamed on the Church's YouTube Channel. Do join us, in person or online, for a service or concert or event – or simply to visit this calm and ancient building in the therapeutic beauty of the Temple.

The Temple Church Newsletter for Michaelmas Term can be accessed here.

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

Temple Church Collage

Tuesday 19 October

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 20 October, 6.00pm

All our services are live-streamed on the Churchs YouTube Channel


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

TueOct19
Church Open for Sightseeing 1:00 pm4:00 pm
WedOct20
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm


ThuOct21
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm
FriOct22
SatOct23
SunOct24
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonOct25
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueOct26
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedOct27
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Roger Sayer Concert 1:15 pm2:15 pm

ThuOct28
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm
FriOct29
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatOct30
SunOct31
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonNov01
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueNov02
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedNov03
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Polina Sosnina Concert 1:00 pm1:45 pm

Choral Evensong for Black History Month Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuNov04
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm
FriNov05
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatNov06
Wedding Service 2:00 pm3:00 pm
SunNov07
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonNov08
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueNov09
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedNov10
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Roger Sayer Concert 1:15 pm2:15 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuNov11
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm

FriNov12
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am1:00 pm
SatNov13
SunNov14
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Mattins for Remembrance Sunday Service 10:55 am11:55 am

MonNov15
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueNov16
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedNov17
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Thomas Allery Concert 1:15 pm2:15 pm

Choral Evensong for U.S. Thanksgiving Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuNov18
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm