Welcome to St Andrew by the Wardrobe

Licensing6Thank 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.

See events for details of special services and events. From this website you can read the latest news about the church, view photographs and learn a little more about its history.

Thursday Communion Service

Church_of_the_Ascension_(Johnstown_Ohio)_smallThere is now a weekly communion service here at St Andrew by the Wardrobe on Thursdays at 12.30pm. The service is conducted according to the Book of Common Prayer and using the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible. The services are led by Fathers Luke Miller, Howard Cocks, John Cooper, Jonathan Osborne and Colin Tolworthy and generally last for 25-30 minutes. This is a welcome opportunity to escape from the busyness of the City and worship God in the quiet, intimate atmosphere of our St Ann’s Chapel. Everyone is most welcome to join us. If you would like us to pray for you or for someone you care for, please email the Administrator.

As the weather becomes colder and temperatures plunge below zero at night, join us in praying for those in our capital who have no shelter.

God of compassion,
your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus,
whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable
and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross:
we hold before you those who are homeless and cold
especially in this bitter weather.
Draw near and comfort them in spirit
and bless those who work to provide them
with shelter, food and friendship.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.



What is that bell?

Have you ever wondered why our church bells ring in such a strange way? Well, Fr Luke Miller has the answer. Click here to find out more.

Opening times

The church building and the Chapel of St Ann are normally open for visitors Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.00pm.

The nave is open on Fridays 11.00am-3.00pm, when Friends of the 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 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 | ask.lma@cityoflondon.gov.uk | www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma

How to find us

St Andrew by the Wardrobe
Parish Church
St Andrews Hill & Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 5DE
(020) 7329 3632