We are an Anglican parish church in the Diocese of London. This is the parish church of the united parish of St Mary le Strand with St Clement Danes. The church of St Clement Danes, which stands just to the east, was gutted by an incendiary bomb in 1941 but beautifully restored after the Second World War to become the Central Church of the Royal Air Force.
St Mary le Strand is often said to be the loveliest Baroque church in England. It was designed by James Gibbs, built between 1714 and 1723 and consecrated in 1724. The Italianate building with its intricate spire dominates the triumphal route along the Strand from Trafalgar Square to the City of London. Architecturally, there is a two-storey effect – Ionic and Corinthian orders on the exterior and Corinthian and Composite on the inside, with windows only on the upper level because of the noise of traffic (substantial even in the eighteenth century!)
We are an inclusive and welcoming community in the heart on London situated on the bustling North bank. The church is not just a beautiful and inspiring building. It is the setting for Christian worship, prayer, friendship and fellowship. Whether you live just around the corner or on the other side of the world, you are welcome.
In 1982 St Mary Le Strand was chosen to become the official church of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, the Women’s Royal Naval Reserve and the Association of Wrens. The dedication took place on 28 October 1984 when the WRNS Book of Remembrance was moved to the church from the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The Association holds it annual Carol Service in December and details of that can be found in ‘The Wren’.