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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

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

Sunday 5 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


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 Mattins Sunday 5 December, 11.15am


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

SunDec05
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec06
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueDec07
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am1:00 pm

WedDec08
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuDec09
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:00 pm2:15 pm

FriDec10
SatDec11
SunDec12
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm

Children's Nativity Play Special Event 3:30 pm4:30 pm
MonDec13
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am2:00 pm

TueDec14
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedDec15
ThuDec16
Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm

Temple Church Carol Service Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
FriDec17
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec18
SunDec19
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec20
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueDec21
WedDec22
ThuDec23
Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm
FriDec24
Choral Communion for Christmas Eve Service 11:15 pm11:45 pm
SatDec25
Choral Mattins for Christmas Day Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
SunDec26
MonDec27
TueDec28
WedDec29
ThuDec30
FriDec31
SatJan01
SunJan02
MonJan03
TueJan04