Famous London Churches
London is home to many famous Churches that can be visited for free. If you are on a budget and are looking for things to do while in London, why not visit one of London's many historic and famous churches.
If you discover any other free London churches or have any comments about the churches and cathedrals listed below, please contact What's Free in London and let us know.
Southwark Cathedral is situated on the south bank of the River Thames close to London Bridge. It is surrounded by railway lines and buildings, including the historic Borough Market. The churchyard on the south side of the Cathedral is an oasis of calm and is a favourite lunch-time resting place for local office workers.
There has been a church on this site since AD 606. There may well have been a church here even earlier. Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London, and archaeological evidence shows there was Roman pagan worship here well before that.
Opening times: Main visiting times are 10 am to 5 pm. The Cathedral closes on Christmas Day (25 December) at 1 pm.
Location: London Bridge, SouthwarkLondon SE1 9DA »
St Bride's Church
On the night of 29th December 1940, during the Blitz, St Bride's Church was fire-bombed and the nave completely destroyed. In 1953 the work of reconstruction began, and the beautifully restored church was rededicated, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, on 19th December 1957.
This site spans two thousand years' development of an island people - seven previous churches have occupied the site. Little of importance that has happened in England's story has not been echoed in St. Bride's.
From the time when the Romans built here through the rise and fall of its seven previous churches, this place has been nationally, and indeed, internationally, involved. Celts, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Normans, so many peoples, made this place. Today, in the exchange of news, it is parish pump to the world.
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Location: Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8AU »
St Pancras Old Church
The St Pancras Old Church is the oldest site of Christian worship in London is a grade II listed building.
It is thought that this church is on a site that has offered worship for more than 1700 years. Fragments of Roman material can still be seen here and there in the fabric of the current building.
Until 150 years ago, people were still being buried in the churchyard. Notable burials over time include Mary Wollstonecraft, author of The Vindication of the Rights of Women and Sir John Soane.
Soane built his impressive family mausoleum in the churchyard, the design of which went on to inspire Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's famous red telephone box. The churchyard was also the site of the first romantic tryst between Mary Godwin and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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Location: Pancras Road, Euston, London NW1 1UL »
St Martin-in-the-Fields is a landmark church in the heart of London. It is a hospitable, vibrant and forward thinking community with worship at its heart.
Located on the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields is steeped in beautiful Georgian architecture which has been imitated across the world.
There is a Gallery in the Crypt which has exhibitions on throughout the year. There are also Free lunchtime concerts taking place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 1.00pm in the Church.
The church is also available for people to have a look around and there are free family trails around the Church.
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All Hallows by the Tower
All Hallows by the Tower is the oldest church in the City of London and a living church serving today's City community. The Crypt Museum leads you on a fascinating journey through time, beginning with the Roman tesselated floor of a domestic house in the late 2nd Century and charting the history of the church, its people and the City of London.
Opening times: and (except during services).
Location: Byward Street, London EC3R 5BJ »
St Etheldreda's Church
St Etheldreda's is one of London's hidden gems, a beautiful and historic building and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in England.
The church is open every day, with regular Mass in English and Latin. St Etheldreda's boasts a fine musical tradition.
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Location: 14 Ely Place, London EC1N 6RY »
St Helen's Bishopsgate
St Helen's is a 13th century twin-nave church which has been fully restored after damage caused by 1992 and 1993 bomb attacks in the City.
The church contains a 1615 Jacobean pulpit, several brasses dating from 1465, and many monuments including Sir Thomas Gresham (1579) and Sir John Crosby (1475).
Location: Great St Helen's, London EC3A 6AT »
St Paul's Covent Garden
This church was built by Indigo Jones in 1633. There is an attrcative churchyard where people can rest and find some peace and quiet. It is situtaed in the busy West End of London.
St Paul's is widely knowh as the Actors' Church
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Central Hall Westminster
Central Hall serves both as a Methodist Church and Conference Centre in the heart of Westminster and welcomes visitors daily, inviting them to view the magnificent Great Hall.
Central Hall Westminster is a historic building which is centrally located across the road from the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Within these walls operates a conference and exhibition centre, a concert hall, an art gallery, serviced offices, a Methodist church, a tourist attraction and a public cafe.
Location: Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH
St Magnus the Martyr
St Magnus the Martyr was built where all people crossing the old London Bridge used to enter the City, and standing on the cross roads, it has seen many important events in its 1000 year history.
The new bells are rung every Sunday at 12:15pm (and at other times).
St Magnus the Martyr church is built where all people crossing the old London Bridge used to enter the City, and standing on the cross roads, it has seen many important events in its 1000 year history.
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Location: Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6DN »
St John-at-Hampstead is a Church of England parish church dedicated to St John the Evangelist in Church Row, Hampstead, London.
The churches history can be traced back to 1312 and can claim to have the oldest churchyard to survive unspoilt in all of London.
Many of the monuments pre-date the existing church, but most are 18th century Georgian ledger stones and chest tombs including some of great histroical significance, such as; John Constable and John Harrison (inventor of the marine chronometer).
Location: Church Row, London NW3 6UU »
St James's Roman Catholic Church
St James's Roman Catholic Church is right in the heart of London. It is a spiritual oasis to many people who come in for silent prayers and personal devotion.
It serves the deep needs of those who desire to get away from the hurly burly of city life. On the other hand, the various parish liturgical services reflect the richness of catholic traditions and its pastoral orientation caters for all categories of people especially the young and those searching for truth.
The location of the church is not actually in Spanish Place as its preJanessor used to be, but in George Street, almost at the corner of George Street and Marylebone High Street.
Location: 22 George St, London W1U 3QY »