St Clement Danes Church


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.



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

The Resident Chaplain - Padre David Osborn


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

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 2019: Winter/Spring

All services at 11.00 unless stated otherwise. 

  • 20th January 2019 - Choral Eucharist and Baptism
  • 27th January 2019 - Choral Matins
  • 3rd February 2019 - Choral Eucharist
  • 10th February 2019 - Choral Matins
  • 17th February 2019 - LASER ATC Service
  • 24th February 2019 - Choral Matins
  • 3rd March 2019 - Choral Eucharist
  • 6th March 2019 - Ash Wednesday service at 12:30 (said)
  • 10th March 2019 - Choral Matins
  • 17th March 2019 - Choral Eucharist
  • 24th March 2019 - Choral Matins
  • 31st March 2019 - Choral Eucharist and Baptism - Mothering Sunday
  • 7th April 2019 - Morning Prayer
  • 14th April 2019 - Palm Sunday Service 
  • 19th April 2019 - Good Friday Liturgy
  • 21st April 2019 - Choral Eucharist for Easter Day

Young Musician's Recital Series

Ongoing through 2019. For more information on the church's Tuesday Lunchtime Concert series by highly talented young musicians, see the latest programme for the period of April to July 2019 Summer Programme 

Travelling to the Church


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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