St Peter's Barge

London's floating church.

About this church

Some 100,000 people currently work in Canary Wharf, and a large part of this centre of business and finance lies in the parish of St Anne's Church. Several years ago St Anne's began to run lunchtime meetings in pubs and winebars to reach out to those working in the Wharf. The work developed with the support of St Helen Bishopgate, but further growth was hampered for lack of a permanent venue on site.

The vision to use a barge was realised with the formation of a Trust and the purchase of a Dutch freight barge in 2003. The barge was refitted in the Netherlands and brought across the North Sea under its own power in the summer of that year, a journey which was chronicled in a BBC documentary shown in the autumn. The barge now has a permanent mooring at the heart of Canary Wharf in West India Quay.

A permanent full time minister was appointed in July 2004 and licensed by the area bishop to head up the staff team of four. September 2004 saw the launch of a new Sunday evening congregation with its own programme of meetings and groups to serve the many thousands who now live in the area.

Although St Peter's Barge is the only floating church in London, and to our knowledge in the UK, it is not the first floating church in the capital. That distinction goes to the Episcopal Floating Church which operated from 1825-45 from the ship Brazen.

There were also other floating churches in the 19th century in Oxford, Scotland and New York.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Ramp or level access available on request
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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The church family here at St Anne's is privileged to be able to meet in this remarkable Grade I listed building which was commissioned during the reign of Queen Anne as part of the Fifty New Churches Act in 1711.

Our Lady Immaculate & St Frederick

An Italianate inter war church with a fine interior and several original furnishings, the northeast tower and statue of Christ are landmarks designed to be seen from the Limehouse Basin and the Thames.

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