Friends' Lectures Online

As it will be some time before we can meet in the City again, The Friends of the City Churches offer a series of talks online via the Zoom video conferencing service ( Zoom is free and easy to join, and you can use it to stay in touch with friends and family, and enjoy many talks and other entertainment online.

Please book through the Eventbrite ticketing service ( This is also free and easy to join, and a gateway to all kinds of other events online. Booking helps us to predict numbers, and automates the delivery process so that you will receive booking confirmation, reminders and a clickable link to the talk shortly before the event.

With greater capacity for events online than in person, the Friends' Zoom lectures are open to the public to offer non-members a sample of our activities. We request a donation via Eventbrite which goes toward the work of The Friends of the City Churches.

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Talks last about an hour, with a few minutes for questions and answers afterward. As this content is the speakers' own intellectual property, often developed over years of research, these talks will not be recorded for later broadcast.

On Thursday, 27 May 2021 at 2:00 pm, City and Tate Galleries guide Alexandra Epps will present an update of her literally brilliant talk on modern stained glass in the City.

On Wednesday, 9 June 2021 at 6:30 pm, graffiti specialist Crystal Hollis will present an update on her fascinating research into historic graffiti in City of London churches.

On Wednesday, 14 July 2021 at 2:00 pm, City Guide Jane Copland of the Six in the City group continues the City Churches Collection with a guided slide lecture tour of three distinctively different Wren churches near Mansion House Station – St Mary Aldermary (Wren's 'Gothic' interior), St James Garlickhythe ('Wren's Lantern') and St Michael Paternoster Royal ('Dick Whittington's church').

On Tuesday, 27 July 2021 at 2:00 pm, City Guide Ian Fagelson traces the thousand-year history of London's Jewish communities through the streets and alleys of the City.

On Wednesday, 25 August 2021 at 2:00 pm, City Guide Ildiko Bita of Six in the City looks at the superb street art of the City, with the wealth of striking modern sculpture around St Paul's Cathedral.

On Tuesday, 28 September 2021 at 2:00 pm, City Guide Tony Tucker, author of the popular Visitor's Guide to the City of London Churches, surveys the splendours of the City churches from the medieval survivors of the Great Fire to the masterpieces of Wren and Hawksmoor, and Georgian churches which were the last to be built in the City as the population expanded beyond its ancient walls.

Live events at St Mary Abchurch with the Grinling Gibbons Society to mark the tercentenary of the death of master carver Grinling Gibbons (4 April 1648 - 3 August 1721). The magnificent reredos above the communion table at St Mary Abchurch is the only authenticated work by his hand in any City of London parish church.

On Wednesday, 7 July 2021 at 3:00 pm, evensong in the presence of the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, who will deliver the sermon. The service will be led by the Friends' Chaplain, the Revd David Goodburn, to commemorate the life of carver and sculptor Grinling Gibbons, who died on 3 August 1721. All welcome but please contact us to register; the service will be followed by tea and cake. St Mary Abchurch, Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BA

On Thursday, 5 August 2021 at 6:30 and 8:30 pm, the celebrations will continue with two concerts. Violinist Krysia Osostowicz, leader of the Brodsky Quartet, plays Sonata no 2 in A minor and Partita no 2 in D minor, composed in 1720 by Johann Sebastian Bach, on an
instrument made that same year. Tickets can be reserved and purchased in advance by contacting, or purchased at the door if capacity allows. Tickets: £10 (concessions £8). St Mary Abchurch, Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BA

Art and Ornament, an exhibition of painting and wood carving, opens at St Mary Abchurch on Monday, 2 August 2021, and transfers to The Dutch Church on Sunday, August 22.

St Mary Abchurch, Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BA: Monday-Thursday, 11:00 to 15:00
The Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA,

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