If you’re in London over Christmas and want to get into the meaning of the season (at least before the pubs open), here’s a listing of some of the major churches in central London that will be holding Christmas services.
NOTE: Remember that on Christmas Day there’s no public transport. To attend Christmas Day services, you’ll need to walk or arrange for a taxi or minicab ride.
Located right across from the Houses of Parliament
11:30pm First Eucharist of Christmas & Blessing of the Crib Christmas Day:
8am Holy Communion (said)
10:30am Sung Eucharist
3pm Festal Evensong
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On Victoria Street, just around the corner from Victoria Station
11:30 pm Vigil and Midnight Mass
9am Mass with Carols
10am Morning Prayer
10:30am* Solemn Mass
12pm Sung Mass with Carols
3:30pm* Solemn Vespers and Benediction
*The Cathedral Choir will sing at the 10:30 and 3:30 services.
St Paul’s Cathedral
At the top of Ludgate Hill in the City of London
8am Holy Communion
11am Sung Eucharist
3.15pm* Festal Evensong and Procession
*A traditional service of seasonal music, readings, and Christmas carols sung by the Cathedral choir.
In the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square, with a colonnaded facade, tall single spire and blue clock faces
11:30pm Midnight Mass
2:15pm Communion Service in Mandarin & Cantonese*
*Close to Chinatown, the church holds regular services in English, Mandarin and Cantonese
Close to the river on the southern side of London Bridge
11:30pm Midnight Mass by Candlelight
8:45am Morning Prayer
9am Eucharist with Carols
11am Choral Eucharist