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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? 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. This will fortify our prayer and praise, our wonderful music and our engagement with the socio-legal challenges facing Britain and the wider world.

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

Temple Church Collage

Wednesday 21 February

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 comparable gifts, contact the Master here

What’s On In Summary

WedFeb21
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Charles Andrews, Temple Church 1:15 pm 1:45 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
ThuFeb22
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 2:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm 1:45 pm

Temple Music Foundation Concert: Britten Canticles Concert 7:30 pm 8:40 pm
FriFeb23
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Talk: From the Templars to The Da Vinci Code: 850 years of the Temple Church Copy Copy Copy Talk 1:15 pm 2:00 pm
SatFeb24
Wedding Service 2:00 pm 3:00 pm
SunFeb25
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am 9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am 12:15 pm
MonFeb26
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
TueFeb27
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
WedFeb28
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Talk: The story of Temple Church from the Knights Templar to the present day Copy Copy Talk 11:30 am 12:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Jonathan Clinch 1:15 pm 1:45 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
ThuFeb29
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm 1:45 pm
FriMar01
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
SatMar02
Wedding Service 2:00 pm 3:00 pm
SunMar03
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am 9:00 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am 12:15 pm
MonMar04
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
TueMar05
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Thrice to Rome by Norman Doe Special Event 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
WedMar06
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Anthony Gritten 1:15 pm 1:45 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
ThuMar07
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm 1:45 pm
FriMar08
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
SatMar09
SunMar10
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am 9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am 12:15 pm
MonMar11
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
TueMar12
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
WedMar13
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Godfrey Leung 1:15 pm 1:45 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
ThuMar14
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm 1:45 pm
FriMar15
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
SatMar16
SunMar17
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am 9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am 12:15 pm
MonMar18
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
TueMar19
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
WedMar20
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Rory Moules 1:15 pm 2:15 pm

A Passiontide Sequence Service 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
ThuMar21
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm 1:45 pm
FriMar22
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
SatMar23