Church Hire

Page updated March 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. 


Special offer to musicians and other performers

From 7 March the church will be open again for services but still with some Covid 19 restrictions in place,


We invite musicians and other performers to stay active and maintain their profiles and to hire St Giles’ Church for recordings and broadcasts to help them reconnect with their sponsors, supporters, and audiences at the special cost of just £400 per day. With our new lighting system and the new seating now in place this creates a light and comfortable venue – see photos below. For further details on the current facilities available and to enquire about hiring, please contact our Administrator Jake Kirner, or 020 7638 1997

The offer
Hire of St Giles’ Cripplegate for just £400 per day for performances and recordings where:

  • the recordings serve no commercial purpose other than to promote your ensemble and raise donations i.e. you will not sell or commercially stream the recordings.
  • you will enact an appropriate risk assessment in collaboration with St Giles’, including two-meter distancing and hand-sanitiser, and
  • you agree to follow all COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time of your event,
  • we cannot offer audio-visual equipment (you will need to arrange this).


We look forward to welcoming you.


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. 


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

Please note that with the current and any future COVID-19 restrictions in place, not all the facilities listed here may be available, including seating capacity.

Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA


Registered Charity               Number 1138077

Services now in church at St Giles’


Thursday 13 May   Ascension  Day 

08.30 Holy Communion


Sunday 16 May Easter 7

For Music and Readings 

 Click here

Weekday Services

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday to Thursday in the Chancel)


2 June and 16 June             

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

You are invited to join others in church on Thursday 6 May.  Please bring the monthly prayer sheet  here. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

Dates for 2021 

3 June, 1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 


Cleaning Angels

The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.30 including tea and cake.

Cleaning Angels  
Dates in 2021  

3 June, 1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 


2021 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30 (all currently on Zoom)

22 June


As many of you know, our Rector Katharine Rumens is to retire in May after 20 years at St Giles. Please make a donation to show your appreciation of her ministry here.  Donate


Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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