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.

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.


After the recent tragic events in Paris and Mali, please join us in prayer:

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.

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

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.

Opening times

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 upon request to the Administrator. The west gallery with the memorial to William Shakespeare can be opened upon 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