Places of worship

Bevis Marks Synagogue

Bevis Marks is the oldest synagogue in Britain and has barely changed since the early 18th century. In the main room of the synagogue hang seven ornate brass and candelabra, one for each day of the week, but overall, with its original wooden seating and simple balconies, the interior is very simple and unadorned.
Heneage Lane, London EC3A 5DQ
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10.30am – 2pm, Tuesday and Friday 10.30am – 1pm, Sunday 10.30am – 2.30pm
It is wheelchair accessible
020 7626 1274
John Wesley’s House and Chapel

The site is a complex of Georgian and Victorian buildings located in a fine Georgian courtyard near the financial district of London. John Wesley’s chapel, his house and the Museum of Methodism are all on site for visitors to see.
49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU
Monday- Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 12.30pm – 1.45pm. Closed every Thursday between 12.45 & 1.30pm (for service)
No wheelchair access except for the ground floor
020 7253 2262
Notre Dame de France

One of the reasons to visit this unusual circular church in the middle of Soho is to see the simple murals by Jean Cocteau, the French playwright and actor. Inspired by the Art Sacré movement, they depict scenes from the Annunciation and Crucifixion in muted colours typical of the late 1950s.

In addition, look out for an Aubusson tapestry designed by George Saupique and the beautiful mosaic set in the side chapel altar.
5 Leicester Place , London WC2H 7BX
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1.30pm – 6.30pm, Wednesday 2pm – 7pm, Saturday 12pm – 6pm
It is wheelchair accessible but call in advance of your visit
020 7437 9363
Southwark Cathedral

This magnificent 13th-century priory church only became a cathedral at the start of the 20th century and is full of fascinating historic monuments.

One of the quietest parts of the building is the Harvard Chapel which commemorates John Harvard, the benefactor of the renowned American University, baptised here in 1607.

London Bridge, London SE1 9DA
Monday – Friday 8am – 5.30pm
It is wheelchair accessible
020 7367 6700
St Bartholomew-the-Great

The Priory Church was founded in AD 1123. as part of a monastery of Augustinian Canons. The Priory was dissolved in 1539 and the nave of the Church was demolished. The monastic buildings were largely intact and the Canons’ choir and sanctuary were preserved for parish use.

Under Queen Mary, there was briefly a house of Dominican friars here, before it reverted to being a Parish Church under Queen Elizabeth I. Various parts of the building were damaged or destroyed through the centuries until the restoration began in the 19th century, first in the 1860s and then, under Sir Aston Webb, in the 1880s and 90s and on into the 20th century.

St Bartholomew the Great is a living church but it also attracts those of no particular religious belief because of its architecture and sense of history.
West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm (4pm in winter), Saturday 10.30am – 4pm, Sunday 8.30am – 8pm
It is wheelchair accessible
020 7600 0440
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace

St Ethelburga’s exists to transform conflict and division into new relationships and peaceful communities.  They see peace as not simply the cessation of conflict, but as an active, dynamic state in which people collaborate and cooperate with each other across differences of all kinds – including those of culture, religion, ideology, class and discipline.  Their work explores and strengthens the values needed to move from conflict to cooperation:  by creating a unique space for dialogue and encounter; by offering training (in group facilitation, conflict resilience, community reconciliation, and other tools such as narrative and story); by offering direct support to communities experiencing conflict and through music and the arts.

These strands are present within their projects, events, and services.
78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG
Friday 11am – 3pm, Thursday 12.45am – 1.25pm
It is wheelchair accessible
020 7496 1610
St Etheldreda’s Roman Catholic 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, and is available for weddings and baptisms.
14 Ely Place, London EC1N 6RY
Monday – Saturday 8am – 5pm, Sunday 8am – 12.30pm
No wheelchair accessible
020 7405 1061
St Paul’s Church and Churchyard

Known as the ‘Actor’s Church’ because of its long association with the acting community, it is often used for performances, church services and weddings.

Not many people know about its small churchyard, however. In spring the pink cherry blossom trees are particularly beautiful in this quiet spot away from the crowds.
Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9ED
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
The garden is accessible for wheelchair users
020 7836 5221
St Saviour’s Priory

St Saviour’s Priory is one of the autonomous Houses which constitute the Society of St Margaret founded by John Mason Neale.

Exploring contemporary ways of living the Religious life, the community seeks, through a balance of prayer and ministry, to respond to some of the needs that arise amongst the marginalised in East London.
18 Queensbridge Road, London E2 8NS
Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Partial wheelchair access
020 7739 6775
The London Buddhist Centre

London Buddhist Centre teachs meditation and Buddhism in a way that is relevant to contemporary life.
You can learn to meditate at one of their drop-in meditation classes, by attending a meditation course or by going on retreat. They teach two Buddhist meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing, which enhances our awareness and peace of mind, and the Metta Bhavana – the cultivation of loving-kindness.
The London Buddhist Centre runs regular introductory Buddhism courses where you can learn the essential message of the Buddha; a whole range of new yoga classes to for developing strength and flexibility and supporting your meditation practice and the also teach Mindfulness Based Approaches that help prevent relapse into depression and addiction and to manage stress and anxiety.
51 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0HU
Monday – Saturday 1pm – 2pm for lunchtime meditation, for others events see the website.
It is wheelchair accessible but ring in advance to book a ramp for access for the ground floor
020 8981 1225