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.

Open House weekend

As part of the Open House weekend, St Andrew’s will be open for visitors this Saturday, 17 September, from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Do come in and find out more about the history and architecture of our wonderful church.

Great Fire 350 – ‘National Day of Humiliation and Fasting’

King Charles II said that the Fire was an act of God: His punishment for the country’s sins. The King decreed that on 10 October 1666, everyone in England and Wales should spend the day fasting and praying.

On 10 October 2016 at 6.00pm, Fr Luke leads a service to commemorate the National Day of Humiliation and Fasting following the prayer book used on that day in 1666. Do come and join us to find out more.

A collection will be taken for the London’s Lent Appeal. For more information, see our Events page.

NB: Due to unforseen circumstances, we have had to cancel our St Luke’s Day events, but hope to see you for All Souls’ Day on 2 November.

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.

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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.


We pray for peace and safety in the world:

O God, who would fold both heaven and earth
in a single peace:
let the design of thy great love
lighten upon the waste of our wraths
and sorrows:
and give peace to thy Church,
peace among nations,
peace in our dwellings,
and peace in our hearts:
through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.


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 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 | 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