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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

Welcome to the Temple Church

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. 

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

Saturday 3 December

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

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


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


All Forthcoming Choral Services


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

SatDec03
SunDec04
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec05
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueDec06
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedDec07
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

ThuDec08
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm

FriDec09
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec10
SunDec11
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec12
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am1:00 pm

TueDec13
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Carols for Pro Bono Special Event 6:15 pm7:30 pm
WedDec14
ThuDec15
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm

Temple Church Carol Service Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
FriDec16
Church Open for sightseeing 2:00 pm3:00 pm
SatDec17
SunDec18
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec19
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueDec20
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedDec21
ThuDec22
FriDec23
Church Closed for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec24
Wedding Service 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Choral Communion for Christmas Eve Service 11:15 pm12:15 am
SunDec25
Choral Mattins for Christmas Day Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec26
TueDec27
WedDec28
ThuDec29
FriDec30
SatDec31
SunJan01
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am
MonJan02