Welcome to St Andrew by the Wardrobe
Thank you for your interest in this beautiful Wren church where the passing generations have worshipped God and sought his blessing. We warmly welcome those who come to join us for worship or who seek a quiet place in the midst of the city’s bustle. We also welcome students and tourists who come to visit our memorial to William Shakespeare (see history). We invite you to join with us in building and sustaining the Christian life and witness of this historic part of the City of London. Visit us if you can.
St Ann’s Day open-air service
The parishes of St Andrew by the Wardrobe and St Ann’s, Blackfriars were united after the Great Fire in 1666, when the church of St Ann’s was completely destroyed.
On Tuesday 26 July, we commemorate our patron’s day with a service at 6.30am and (weather-permitting) outdoors in St Ann’s Churchyard, Ireland Yard, at 12.30pm.
Do join us and stay for suitably seasonal refreshments afterwards.
Summertime… and the giving is easy
We are very grateful for your support to maintain our church and we have made it easier to donate. You can now simply text ANDR16 and the amount you would like to donate (e.g. ANDR16£5) TO 70070. You will be charged only your standard message rate.
For other ways to donate, please visit our Donate page.
St Andrew’s Newsletter
For news of what’s happening at St Andrew’s- arrivals, departures, and some important dates for your diary, read our Newsletter.
Or you can download the pdf here.
Following the terrorist attacks in Nice, we join our prayers to those of the French nation:
Notre Père, qui es aux cieux,
Que ton nom soit sanctifié,
Que ton règne vienne,
Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
Pardonne-nous nos offences
Comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation,
mais délivre-nous du mal,
car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
la puissance et la gloire, aux siècles des siècles.
What is that bell?
Have you ever wondered why our church bells ring in such a strange way? Well, St Andrew’s new Priest-in-Charge, The Ven Luke Miller, has the answer. Click here to find out more.
The church building and the Chapel of St Ann are normally open for visitors Monday to Friday 9.00 am-4.00 pm.
The nave is open on Fridays 11.00 am-3.00 pm, when Friends of City Churches churchwatchers are on hand to answer your questions about the history of the church. The nave can be opened at other times on request to the Administrator. The west gallery with the memorial to William Shakespeare can also be opened on request to the Administrator.
The Blessed Sacrament, a votive candle stand and a board for prayer requests are in the chapel.
If you have difficulty with stairs, there are fewer steps at our St Andrews Hill entrance. There is disabled access via Wardrobe Terrace and if you are able to let us know, we can open the door at the north side of the church.
If you would like to receive information about the church and invitations to special services and events, please contact the Administrator to join our mailing list.
Family History Research
The church’s old Birth, Marriage and Baptism records are held at the London Metropolitan Archives:
40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB | 020 7332 3820 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma