Angels and stained glass
Angels and Stained Glass

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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.

With a second lockdown from 5 November 2020, some City of London churches may be open for private prayer, but worshippers are strongly advised to check with the individual church for current opening hours: click on the photo on the Church Finder page for contact details. Click here for current guidance from the Church of England. We will endeavour to provide current information from individual churches through our listing guide, City Events.

Under Tier 2, St Mary Abchurch, where the The Friends of the City Churches are based, will be open for private prayer from Monday to Thursday inclusive, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Communion is offered on Wednesdays at 12:30, and a weekly organ recital on Tuesdays at 12:30, in line with current guidelines. Visitors are welcome, but requested to wear a face covering and observe social distancing at all times.

We politely request members not to visit the office for the present: please call 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, and we have postponed forthcoming members’ events until we can all safely travel to and congregate in the City. We hope to welcome you to the City Churches as soon as it is safe for our volunteers and visitors to meet again.

When we resume Church Watching, our usual schedule has been as follows.

Mondays

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)

Tuesdays

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)

Wednesdays

St Anne & St Agnes
(12.45pm - 2.45pm, 1st Wednesday of each month)
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)

Thursdays

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)

Fridays

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.

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What's new

Friends Carol Service 2020

Carols for the City 2020

City Events Listing Guide

Annual General Meeting 2020

No Church Watchers' meetings until further notice.

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