St Mary Abchurch is one of Sir Christopher Wren's finest parish churches. Set back from the bustle of Cannon Street, in Abchurch Yard off Abchurch Lane, it is a haven of quiet for reflection and prayer. The present church was completed in 1686, and has altered little in appearance over the centuries. Its glories include a magnificent altar screen by the master carver Grinling Gibbons, and a shallow painted dome of 1708 by parishioner William Snow, as well as many original features, including the communion table of 1675, pulpit and font of 1685-86, and many fine monuments. St Mary Abchurch is now the home of The Friends of the City Churches, a heritage charity devoted to the support of the historic churches of the City of London.
The Church is usually open from 11:00 until 15:00, from Monday to
Thursday, and other times by appointment. There is usually a short
midweek service of Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer on
Wednesdays at 12:30, and an organ recital on Tuesdays at 12:30. Please see 'Opening Times' on the 'Find Us' page for current details.
St Mary Abchurch is the home of Friends of the City Churches.