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Guards Chapel

The only remaining military chapel in London, The Guards Chapel was rebuilt in a beautifully spare style following almost total destruction by a flying bomb in 1944.

Westminster, Greater London

Opening times

Open weekdays 10am to 4pm.


Birdcage Walk
Greater London

The original Guards Chapel was built in 1838 but was almost entirely destroyed by a V1 bomb in 1944 during a service, tragically killing a large number of soldiers and civilians. The chancel and apse survived unscathed. Candles that were lit for the service continued to burn amid the carnage.

The present chapel is unlike any other chapel in London. It was designed by Bruce George of the architectural practice George Trew and Dunn, and building work started in 1962. The design successfully integrates the surviving elements of the prewar chapel, as well as a memorial cloister built in the 1950s by H S Goodhart-Rendel, while embracing new materials and detailing. The chapel is Grade II* listed.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Train station within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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