Church Hire

Page updated November 2021

Our aim here is to give an overview for those looking to hire an historic and outstanding accousitc sound quality venue for concerts, recordings, services (including weddings) and other events in the church.


Please find details and images below and contact Jake Kirner for further details including fees: 020 7638 1997



The main body of the church

Looking east with one step to black and white tiled area. 


Click here to see a film of the London Mozart Players concert, spring 2020 with social distancing in place.  


Looking west with the Grand Organ with  an area below suitable to provide displays, information or refreshments.


Looking east and one step to black and white tiled area








New lighting (completed in 2020)



Over 100 new lights with multiple settings





Seating (new in 2021)





Seats with arms



Stackable chairs







Church Capacity

Maximum audience of 400 including performers (although measures need be taken to accommodate more than 250)

Enough seating for up to 400 on site. All furniture stackable and movable. 


Some hirers may decide it necessary to ensure audience distancing, for example providing 1 metre spacing between social bubbles. This is entirely at the hirer’s discretion but may significantly reduce capacity.


Click here for the church plan, giving layout and size

St Giles ground floor plan.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [184.0 KB]

Click here for a 2D view of the church.


We welcome filming but extra time and detailed information is needed before approval can be given.


See further information including guidelines for filming in St Giles' and the Churchyard.. 

St Giles film Guidelines.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [270.6 KB]

Contact the administrator Jake Kirner Tel. 020 7638 1997


Contact the administrator Jake Kirner Tel. 020 7638 1997.


Other areas available inside the church


The Tower area on ground level


Useful for equipment storage and as a changing area





The Vestry on ground level 


This has a small kitchen and is useful as a secure 

storage area and changing space




Musical Instruments available for hire


Steinway Grand B piano  Regularly serviced. Click here for full details 

Chancel organ 

Click here for full details 

Grand organ 

Click here for full details 



Who can marry in St Giles'? View document below

Welcome to Weddings at St Giles.docx
Microsoft Word document [15.5 KB]

For those planning their Wedding at St Giles' view our  wedding plan. 

The Wedding Day.docx
Microsoft Word document [17.0 KB]

Disability Access

There is a long stone ramp beside the North door for wheelchair access from the churchyard into the church.


Access to a disabled toilet is in the vestry area.  


Other Facilities


Four staging bocks, each 1-foot-high x 4 feet wide x 8 feet long which can be aligned to make a platform for up to 30 people


Two toilets (including a disabled toilet) in the vestry plus free access to the Wood Street Wine Bar’s toilets (30 meters away) on weekday afternoons and evenings (no requirement to buy a drink)


Free parking in the churchyard for up to six cars


Clothes rails


Additional benefits

Access to the church is via the churchyard so is off-road with no passing traffic


All furniture movable, including the altar, which allows great flexibility for performer and audience position



Concert details included in email bulletins to 3,000 Barbican residents, posters can be displayed on the outside notice board beside the North Door.


Current and any future COVID-19 restrictions

As of  March 2022, there are no Covid restrictions affecting the hire of the church but we would be required to operate within the confines of any future legally enforced restrictions. Please refer to the section on capacity above as regards social distancing.

Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA


Registered Charity               Number 1138077

Sunday Services 

Sunday 7 August Trinity 8

08.30 Morning Prayer

10.00 Parish Eucharist

16.00 Evening Prayer


Weekday Services

Monday-Wednesday and Friday 

08.30 Morning Prayer 

17.30 Evening Prayer 

(some midweek services will be held in the Rectory at the East End of the church)



The next session will be on 7 September

Home Prayer Group - Lectio Divina 19.30 via Zoom. To join contact Susan Royce


The church is open for private prayer

The church is open from 11.00-16.00 Monday-Friday for private prayer. Please observe social distancing and any other instructions required when visiting the church.


Private Prayer and Reflection on  first Thursday of the month from 13.00-13.30 

You are invited to join others in church on Thursday 7 July.

If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

Dates in 2022

No session in August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.


Cleaning Angels

The monthly sessions are on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00 including tea and cake from 14.30. 

Dates in 2022

No session in August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.

2022 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30

Tuesday 20 September

Monday 21 November. 


The Parish Office will be closed 10-25 August 

as Jake is away. Please contact Jack if you have an urgent enquiry: or  07765 771 547

Parish Office Opening Hours  

The Parish Office is open Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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