Friends' events

The Friends of the City Churches are currently offering a series of talks online via the Zoom video conferencing service ( Zoom is free and easy to join, and you can use it to stay in touch with friends and family, and enjoy many talks and other entertainment online.

Please book through the Eventbrite ticketing service ( This is also free and easy to join, and a gateway to all kinds of other events online. Booking helps us to predict numbers, and automates the delivery process so that you will receive booking confirmation, reminders and a clickable link to join the talk shortly before the event.

With greater capacity for events online than in person, the Friends' Zoom lectures are open to the public to offer non-members a sample of our activities. On booking, we ask for a modest donation, payable through Eventbrite, to support the work of the Friends of the City Churches, and this ongoing lecture programme, open to all while we continue to hold events online.

Talks last about an hour, with questions and answers to follow. As this content is the speakers' own intellectual property, often developed over years of research, these talks will not be recorded for later broadcast.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Platinum Jubilee Evensong scheduled for 29 June 2022 has been cancelled. We are very sorry to disappoint you, but hope you will join us next year, when the Wren 300  commemorations mark the tercentenary of the death of the great architect of so many City churches ( We will refund those who generously donated to the Friends in anticipation of this evensong, with thanks for your support. Please keep an eye on City Events for news of other Jubilee activities in the City of London churches.

Thursday 25 August, 11am

Hawksmoor exploration

Before embarking upon Christopher Wren 300, we explore at least two Hawksmoor churches: St Mary Woolnoth and St Anne Limehouse, where the St Anne Watchers will guide us.

Members only, £10 per person

Tuesday 6 September, 2pm

London through Stained Glass

Zoom talk by Alexandra Epps, with a new lecture looking at stained glass in notable buildings, sacred and secular, across London.

£5. Zoom meeting ID 894 7136 5155 (no passcode)

Thursday 15 September, early start

Chairman’s Outing: The churches of Romney Marsh

The coach will meet Friends at Ashford International station at 10am for an exploration with a specialist guide.

£40 per head + £20 optional lunch

Wednesday 19 October, 5.45 for 6pm

St Mary le Bow

The Revd George Bush will give us the rector’s 90-minute tour of his church: an opportunity not to be missed.

£10 per person

Thursday 3 November, 6.15 for 6.30pm

Chaplain to Lord Mayors and other City Dignitaries

The Revd Jeremy Crossley has often performed this very varied duty, and will give us the benefit of his experiences.

£10 per person, with a glass of wine. Online £10
Zoom meeting:
ID: 875 6695 2801; Passcode:348289

Wednesday 23 November, 10.20 for 10.30am

Watchers’ sign-up meeting

Monday 12 December, 3pm

FCC Carol Service

Save the date


The Grinling Gibbons Society will present a series of live events at St Mary Abchurch to mark the tercentenary of the death of master carver Grinling Gibbons (4 April 1648 - 3 August 1721). The magnificent reredos above the communion table at St Mary Abchurch is the only authenticated work by Gibbons in the City of London parish churches. Correspondence in his own hand demonstrates that he had to press for payment once the carving was "folle Anof of work"; his spelling in these and other letters suggests that he could write both Dutch and English, and spoke with a Dutch accent.

A full year's programme of events around the country follows throughout 2022; please visit the Grinling Gibbons Society for more information on forthcoming exhibitions, lectures and concerts.

Stained glass window


Wooden Boss