St Clement Danes Church

About

St Clement Danes Church is the Central Church of the Royal Air Force. Re-consecrated in 1958 as a perpetual shrine of remembrance to those who have died in service in the RAF it is a living church prayed in and visited throughout the year by thousands of people seeking solace and reflection.

Located right in the middle of London, St Clement Danes has some characteristics that set it apart from normal parish churches. This includes a grade 1 listed status, a large number of visitors, professional musicians and many high profile services. It has one of the best church organs in London and a beautifully maintained set of working bells.

It is famous as the Oranges and Lemons church from the traditional nursery rhyme and the bells ring the tune throughout the day.

St Clement Danes is a memorial church to those who have lost their lives whilst serving in the RAF; and we commemorate over 150 000 people by name in our Books of Remembrance.

Virtual Tour Inside The Church

Below is a 360° interactive image from inside the church. Please be aware, depending on your internet connection, that it could take some time to load. This is better viewed on a desktop computer and mobile users could encounter errors.

 

Location

Central Church of the Royal Air Force, Strand, London WC2R 1DH

The Resident Chaplain - Padre David Osborn

The RAF

As well as holding the Books of Remembrance the church also contains over a thousand slate squadron and unit badges in the floor. Many Colours and squadron standards are laid up in the building. The glass display cases feature many interesting RAF items that have been donated to the Central Church, as well as the ancient silver treasurers from the old parish.

The church organ, built by Harrison and Harrison, was gifted by the USAF, the lectern by the RAAF, the sanctuary flooring form the people of the Netherlands and the font (in the crypt) from the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

On the pew ends you can find the cartouches of Chiefs of the Air Staff – and if you are lucky a member of staff may demonstrate the telescopic nature of the pews – which extend by an extra 50%.

There are boards containing names of those who have won Victoria and George Crosses –as well as memorial boards commemorate RAF Chaplains, RAF Mountain Rescue volunteers, and air crew involved in search and rescue duties who have died on operations.

The church is supported by RAF Northolt (our parent unit) who provide our direct link to the wider air force family and community.

Contact Us

Phone: 0207 242 8282

Emailst.clementasst@btconnect.com

Church Services

Every Sunday at 11.00 Either Choral Eucharist or Choral Matins (all music provided by our professional musicians)

Wednesday and Friday at 12.30: Said Eucharist in the crypt chapel

Baptisms, weddings, memorial services etc by arrangement with the Resident Chaplain

Church Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 0900 to 1600

Saturday: 1000 to 1500

Sunday: 0930 to 1500

The church is normally closed on Bank Holiday Mondays and for the week commencing 26 December to the first working day of the New Year.

Sunday Diary 2018: Summer / Early Autumn

All services at 11.00 unless stated otherwise.

  • 7th October 2018 - Choral Eucharist and Baptism
  • 14th October 2018 - Morning prayer: Woman in the RAF Service
  • 21st October 2018 - Choral Eucharist
  • 28th October 2018 - Choral Matins
  • 4th November 2018 - Choral Eucharist
  • 11th November 2018 - Remembrance Sunday Service 10:50am 
  • 18th November 2018 - Choral Eucharist: St Clement
  • 25th November 2018 - RAF Chaplains' Branch 100th Anniversary Service: all welcome
  • 29th November 2018 - November: Friends Annual Concert at 7:00pm 

Featuring the Central Band of the RAF and St Clement Danes Choir.

Tickets at £20 may be purchased at the door, by telephone : 01285 713456, by email: customer.services@rafcte.com (This email is not for general Church enquiries, see the Contact Us section) or by post:

Friends Of St Clement Danes Concert, Douglas Bader House, Horcott Hill, Fairford, Gloucestershire GL7 4RB.

(Pre-ordered tickets attract a 10% discount.)

  • 2nd December 2018 - Advent Sunday Carol Service 
  • 9th December 2018 - RAF Benevolent Fund Carols at 3:00pm
  • 16th December 2018 - Choral Eucharist and Baptism 
  • 23rd December 2018 - Choral Matins
  • 24th December 2018 - Midnight Mass 11:00pm
  • 25th December 2018 - Choral Eucharist for Christmas Day

Young Musician's Recital Series

For more information on the churches Young Musician's Recital Series, details can be found on the 2018 Autumn Programme 

Travelling to the Church

Taxi

We don’t recommend travelling in by car as there is no parking at the church and limited parking in the vicinity.

If you travel by taxi or Uber make sure the driver knows that it is the RAF Church in the Strand.

Our postcode: WC2R 1DH                       Phone: 0207 242 8282

You are heading to St Clement Danes Church which is near Australia House and the Royal Courts of Justice. It is one of the two island churches in the Strand, the furthest from Trafalgar Square, just where the Strand ends and Fleet Street begins.

Trains and Buses

Nearest Stations (check status of stations and lines on the TFL website)

Tube:                         Temple (Circle and District)            walk up Arundel Street

                        Holborn (Piccadilly and Central)   walk down Kingsway and bear left at the bottom

Rail:                Charing Cross          walk along Strand, away from Trafalgar Square

                        Blackfriars                 walk along Fleet Street, away from St Paul’s

                        Waterloo                    walk over Waterloo Bridge, turn right on to Strand

Bus:               Many buses stop nearby: Royal Courts of Justice stop: 11, 23, 26, 76, 172

 

Who makes this unit

RAF Stations

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