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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 4 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 comparible gifts, contact the Master here

What’s On In Summary

SatFeb04
SunFeb05
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonFeb06
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueFeb07
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedFeb08
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm


Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuFeb09
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
FriFeb10
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatFeb11
SunFeb12
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonFeb13
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueFeb14
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedFeb15
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Choral Evensong for Valentine's Day Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuFeb16
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm
FriFeb17
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatFeb18
SunFeb19
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonFeb20
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueFeb21
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedFeb22
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Choral Evensong for Ash Wednesday Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuFeb23
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
FriFeb24
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatFeb25
SunFeb26
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonFeb27
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueFeb28
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

WedMar01
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
ThuMar02
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriMar03
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatMar04
SunMar05
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am
MonMar06
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm