Visit us

St Mary le Strand is Open to All 

Open for you to visit and sit a while
Open for Services and Prayer
Open for Christenings, Weddings and Blessings
Open for Tours, Exhibitions and Concerts
Open for Rehearsals, Workshops and Lectures
Open for Meetings, Conferences and Away Days
Open for coffee, cake or a cuppa
Open to suggestions... !

At the end of August 2021, The Strand  around St Mary le Strand became a pedestrian/cycle zone and the Aldwych became a two-way road.

The East Strand is permanently closed to traffic between Surrey Street and Waterloo Bridge.  Buses which previously stopped on Strand will now stop at new locations on Aldwych. Please visit the TfL website for alternative ways to travel.

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Opening times

The church is open for visitors and for prayer from Tuesday to Thursday, from 12 noon to 4.00 p.m. every week.

Please note that the church will be closed in the first week of January for the installation of 'St Mary le Strand Speaks!' - a Sound and Light installation.  We will open again w/c 9th January.

How to get here

St Mary le Strand is in the middle of the road, at the East end of the Strand, near to Somerset House and the Strand campus of King's College London.

By London Underground

Nearest tube stations:

  • Temple (Circle & District lines; 250 metres, 5-minute walk)
  • Covent Garden (Piccadilly line; 650m, 8min)
  • Charing Cross (Bakerloo & Northern lines; 700m, 10min)
  • Embankment (Circle & District lines; 700m, 10min)

By rail

Nearest stations:

  • Charing Cross (700m, 10min)
  • Blackfriars (1km, 13min)
  • Waterloo (1km, 13min)

By bus

Buses 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1 and X68 all pass along the Strand and/or Aldwych, stopping within 100-200 metres of St Mary le Strand.

By river

River Bus Services RB1, RB2 and RB6 all stop at Embankment Pier.

By bicycle

There are bike stands on the Strand.

There are several Santander Cycles docking stations near St Mary le Strand.

Disabled access

We regret to say that at present there is no step-free access to St Mary le Strand church. This is a very important part of our restoration and development plan, but, for now, the only access to the church is via the 9 steps of the portico at the west end of the church.

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A Brief Audio History of St. Mary le Strand.

  • Introduced by Canon Peter Babington.
  • Written by Stewart Trotter.
  • Spoken by Kate Godfrey.
  • Music by George Frederic Handel: Eternal Source of Light Divine [1714]