In the light of the building work that are taking place immediately outside its walls, the Cloister Café will be closed during the day, Monday–Saturday, until further notice. There are sometimes exceptions for special events,and these can be seen in the day-by-day diary on this website. They mainly include Sundays after the Solemn Eucharist, and before and after any lunchtime concerts, (which are often on Fridays), when the café will still be open for refreshments and lunch.
We apologize for any inconvenience
The building works are only a daytime event, so the Cloister Café can still be hired for events in the evening.
Please see the section below for more information about this.
Monday to Thursday:
On most days with a lunchtime concert (but please check the diary):
Café open for refreshments & lunch
Closed all day
Open, staffed by volunteers, after the morning Solemn Eucharist
Hosting an event in the Cloister
Whether it is a post-wedding or post-baptism drinks reception, corporate event or a catered tour, we would be delighted to accommodate you. Whatever your budget may be, we will do our best to meet your requirements and ensure that your event is a success.
Please contact the Church Manager, Pauline Williams,
either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling +44 (0)20 7600 0440.
Access to the Church
There are three main ways into the church:
- The only way with step-free access is along the path from the West Smithfield square underneath the Elizabethan Gatehouse. There are only very minor changes in level on the way into the church this way.
- The path through the Churchyard from Cloth Fair has a significant step up into the churchyard from Cloth Fair and a further small step up beyond that within the Churchyard itself. There is then a set of relatively steep steps down into the pathway from West Smithfield square. Please note, these steps do not have a handrail. The path through the Churchyard is therefore not suitable for anybody who would find any of these steps difficult to manage.
- On some occasions, we open the doors of the North Porch of the church. These also provide access from Cloth Fair. However, immediately behind the doors are some very steep steps down to the floor level of the church (which is at the medieval level, quite a way below that of modern Cloth Fair). There are, however, handrails on these steps. Nevertheless, this access route would not be suitable for anybody who might have difficulties with steep steps.