St Mary-at-Hill

Church for Billingsgate

St Mary-at-Hill Church

We are delighted you are visiting this website and hope to be able to welcome you to St Mary-at-Hill itself. The Church is open 10.00-16.00 Monday–Friday.

Wren, Tallis, Mundy, Carlisle, Hooke and Beckett – the church is a must see tapestry of City of London history.

Today the church offers a haven from the hectic life of the City outside. However, we are firmly a part of the City of London and play a vital role for those who work here or are just passing through.

Life here at St Mary-at-Hill revolves around worship, as it has on this site for over a thousand years. You are welcome to join us and our services are open to the public and our congregations include people from all over the world. Whether you are Anglican (Episcopalian), or of another Christian Church or of another faith, or seeking or doubting, you are warmly welcome to take part. We have weekly services on Tuesday at 7.45am and Wednesday at 1.00pm. The Lutheran Church meet here on Sundays.

Recitals are held every Tuesday and Friday at 1.15pm.

Children can learn about St Mary-at-Hill with our new Children's Leaflet!

7th July 2016 at 6.00pm

Choral Evening Prayer
followed by
Thursday Conversation
Our next guest speaker is Nicky Morgan MP Secretary of State for Education leading a discussion on 'The role of Education in building cohesive communities'.
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Harvest of the Sea Composition Competition 2016
Composers are invited to submit a brand-new choral work for the annual Harvest of the Sea Festival at St Mary-at-Hill, London. The winning entry will be performed at the festival's main event, the Fish Harvest Service on Sunday 9th October 2016 at 11.00am and on Tuesday 4th October 2016 at 1.15pm as part of the Square Mile Music Series.

For further details on how to apply please email Robert Mingay-Smith, Director of Music, at
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Click here to see the St Mary-at-Hill Choir singing at our Sung Holy Communion and Square Mile Music Series

During the week, St Mary’s is a sanctuary among the busy streets. The versatile interior is much larger than is apparent from outside. You are invited to step in and see and share its splendour. Open to all. There are benches to sit on in the churchyard.  The area is tiny, but secluded.  The welcome inside the church is always warm.

To bring in income for our work, we let the space.  Wedding receptions, private receptions, formal or informal lunches or dinners can be accommodated.
St Mary-at-Hill is suitable for conferences, theatrical rehearsals and productions, choir and orchestra rehearsals, auditions and competitions, major concert performances, recitals and recordings. We own movable chairs, portable staging, an enviable piano and organ and have a splendid acoustic! What is not here can be hired in. To discuss a booking, contact the administrator.

Much of the original church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London (1666), but the walls and frame remained standing.  The building has survived two further major fires, and it stood unscathed through the Blitz. Although marked by its experiences, the spectacular interior retains the beauty and grace of Wren's vision.

Our toilets are twinned with toilets in the Congo. Click here to read about sanitation.