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.

About this church

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.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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