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Angels and Stained Glass

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Open Space
Carved Detail, St Benet's Church, Paul's Wharf

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The Friends of the City Churches

The Friends of the City Churches are an architectural heritage charity dedicated to preserving the beautiful and unique churches found within the square mile of the City of London. As part of our work we:

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Friends' Church Watchers

The Friends of the City Churches' volunteer Church Watchers usually help to keep all the churches listed below open to visitors and worshippers on a regular basis.

As lockdown eases, most City of London churches are open for private prayer or permitted communal services, but worshippers are strongly advised to check with the individual church for current opening hours: links to their Web sites are collected on our Churches Online page; you can also find further contact details in the Church Finder, by clicking on the photos. Click here for current guidance from the Church of England.

St Mary Abchurch, where the The Friends of the City Churches are based, is currently open from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, Monday to Thursday, with Holy Communion at 12:30 on Wednesday.

Members with queries or merchandise orders are asked to phone or e‑mail if you can. Please use the order form on the Shop page for merchandise; we can accept payment by cheque or card.

Our weekly volunteer Church Watching has been suspended for the duration, but we hope to resume in September. Friends' events will be held online until we can all safely travel to and congregate in the City, but our Zoom talks are open to non-members, with booking via Eventbrite. We hope to welcome you to the City Churches as soon as it is safe for our volunteers and visitors to meet again.

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Pre-pandemic, our last Church Watching schedule was as follows.


St Botolph Aldgate (11am - 3pm)
St Ethelburga Centre
(11am - 3pm, 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month)
St Mary Abchurch (11am - 3pm)
St Sepulchre Newgate (11am - 3pm)


The Dutch Church
(11am - 3pm, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month)
St Dunstan in the West (11am - 3pm)
St Katharine Cree (11am - 3pm)
St Mary Abchurch (11am - 3pm)
St Michael Cornhill (11am - 3pm)
St Peter upon Cornhill (1pm - 4pm)


All Hallows London Wall (11am - 3pm
St Botolph Aldersgate (11am - 3pm)
St Magnus the Martyr (1pm - 4pm)
St Mary Abchurch (11am - 3pm
St Stephen Walbrook (11am - 3pm)


St Benet Paul's Wharf (11am - 3pm)
St James Garlickhythe (11am - 3pm)
St Martin Ludgate (11am - 3pm)
St Mary Abchurch (11am - 3pm)
St Mary at Hill (11am - 3pm)


St Andrew by the Wardrobe (11am - 3pm)
St Clement Eastcheap (11am - 3pm)
St Mary Abchurch (11am - 3pm)
St Martin Ludgate (11am - 3pm)

Please be aware that, to accommodate other activities, any one church may occasionally be closed to visitors on short notice.

What's new



Grinling Gibbons' Tercententary Evensong
On Friday, 30 July 2021 at 3:00 pm, evensong at St Mary Abchurch to commemorate the life of carver and sculptor Grinling Gibbons, who died on 3 August 1721.

Reopening the City
Self-guided walks and special events to mark the reopening of the City of London churches

Map of the City Churches

City Church street addresses & Web sites

City Events Listing Guide
(PDF, correct to 23 July 2021)

FCC Lectures Online

Next Church Watchers' meeting, 10:00 for 10:30, 28 July 2021, St Mary at Hill.

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You can find news from The Friends of the City Churches on Twitter.

Learn more about the lives of City churches in London Undone, a podcast produced by Catherine Cartwright.