Visit us

We wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas.

St Mary le Strand will be closed for visitors from 23rd December and re-open on Monday 8th January.  This will not affect the City Music Promotions Concert Programme - see the What's On page for details.

From 8th January 2024 we will be back to our standard opening times.

Standard Opening Times

We are usually open for visitors and for prayers from Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 4.00 p.m.

Monday 12-4pm

Tuesday 12-4pm (note that our Tuesday lunchtime service is at 1.00 p.m. for half an hour, all are welcome to attend)

Wednesday 12-4pm (the church will be open after 4.00 p.m. until our usual 6.00 p.m. service, note that choir rehearsal will be taking place from 4.30 p.m.)

Thursday 12-4pm - on some Thursdays we have a free lunchtime concert from 1.00 to 2.00 p.m. - see the What's On page for details

Friday 12-4pm


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.

For more information please visit

How to get here

St Mary le Strand is in the middle of the new pedestrianize piazza, 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.

St. Mary Le Strand 004

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]