Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

Address:
, Parliament Square, Westminster, London 51.499214 -0.1277
Dates & Time:
Every day (except Wednesday, which is a spoken service instead)
Usually 5 PM to 6 PM (Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri), and 3 PM to 4 PM (Sat-Sun)
Tickets & Cost:
Free to attend the mass, but you will have to buy an entry ticket to see the rest of the cathedral (which you will have to do before the mass, as it closes straight after).
See
Telephone:
The contact number for Westminster Abbey is +44 (0) 207 222 5152
Minicabs:
Book a minicab near Westminster Abbey
Buses:
The following bus routes go near Westminster Abbey: 11, 24, 148, 211
London bus fares 2017
Trains:
The best London underground train stations to visit Westminster Abbey are St. James’s Park Westminster
Note: The actual closest train station to Westminster Abbey is Westminster
London train fares 2017
  Buy a travelcard
  Buy a Visitor Oyster card
  Buy a London Pass
Disclaimer: London Drum has no association with Westminster Abbey. Whilst we make every effort to ensure the event information is accurate, events in London are sometimes cancelled or amended without us being notified. You should always reconfirm the event with Westminster Abbey before making plans

Read The London Craig blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve tried this event myself. Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos.  Feel free to ask me a question about this event

You don't have to be religious to enjoy a church service at Westminster Abbey. We recommend that you attend the daily Evensong at 5 PM (3 PM on weekends), because it combines a traditional service with some beautiful music from a choral choir.

What you have to do is queue up outside the West Door about 30 mins before it starts. All of the sightseeing tourists will be kicked out of the Abbey at closing time, and then they will let you all back in again for the service. You will then be ushered up the Nave, past the 'Grave of the Unknown Soldier', and into the pews in the North and South Transept. The golden altar and Quire will be either side of you (the most beautiful part of the Abbey), and if you get a seat near the front then you will have a fantastic view of the Cosmati pavement.

The church service is very traditional (it's a real service), and will have readings, sermons and prayers. The congregation will be encouraged to sing some of the hymns, but the choral choir will sing the rest. There will also be a Holy Communion (which you do not have to take part in).

Once the service is over you will be ushered straight out the door. There is no opportunity for sightseeing afterwards.

Craig has attended this service himself, and thinks it extremely worthwhile. At the very least, it's a great way to see the inside of the Abbey for free (because they don't charge people to pray). The section you see is very small, however, so it doesn't compare with a normal tour -- he still recommends visiting Westminster Abbey during the day to get the best of it. But have a read of his review of the Evensong service on his blog, so you can see what it's like. Feel free to ask him some questions as well.

If you enjoy this service, then you might want to try the Evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral as well. (But if truth be told, Craig definitely prefers the one at Westminster Abbey -- read his review of the Evensong at St. Paul's to find out why.) You could even try the Sunday service at the Tower of London, or the Sunday service at Hampton Court Palace.

Note: Whilst there is no specific dress code inside the Abbey, you are asked to dress in a respectful manner.

 

Got a question?
Talk about Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

 Guest – “Why on the information do you state that you can book a minicab while you have the worlds finest taxi service right outside the abbey”

Admin – “People can book a black taxi cab, if they prefer. It's up to them.We're not taking sides!”

 
 

More events:
Westminster Abbey events in London

If you like events at Westminster Abbey, then you might also like these other London events…

Casablanca in LondonWatch Casablanca outside Westminster Abbey – 15th August 2017Watch Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergmann in Casablanca in Dean's Yard, round the side of Westminster Abbey.

Romeo And Juliet in LondonWatch Romeo & Juliet at Westminster Abbey – 16th August 2017Luna Cinema will be screening Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet in Dean's Yard, round the side of Westminster Abbey.

Notting Hill in LondonWatch Notting Hill outside Westminster Abbey – 17th August 2017Luna Cinema will be screening the Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts movie 'Notting Hill' in Dean's Yard, by Westminster Abbey.

Evensong Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral – Every dayIf you attend a choral Evensong service at St Paul's Cathedral, you can wander around and see part of the Cathedral for free.

Sunday service at the Tower of London – Every Sunday (except during August)You can attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London -- one of the most historic churches in the City.

Choral Mass at Hampton Court Palace – Every Sunday (except during the summer)Attend a Sunday service in one of the country's most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIII's Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

Guided tour of Highgate Cemetery – Every dayHave a guided tour around Highgate Cemetery, and enjoy one of the most atmospheric and historic cemeteries in London.

 

If you like Westminster Abbey, then you might also like…

> Westminster Cathedral events If you like the Westminster Abbey then you might like these events at London’s Westminster Cathedral as well
> Brompton Oratory events If you can’t find any events at the Westminster Abbey then maybe you can try the Brompton Oratory in London
 

Buy our London guidebook 2017 – (read a free sample first)

500 pages packed with money saving tips, reviews, photos and street maps

Honest reviews of London’s most popular attractions and landmarks

Example itineraries – two weeks of ideas, including one week for kids

Insider tips – look inside Hampton Court, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s for free

Bus and train fares – a detailed guide to the buses, trains, Oyster cards and fares

Amazon.com:  $3.99 ebook · $15.99 paperback
Amazon.co.uk:  £2.99 ebook · £11.99 paperback

Copyright © 2017 London Drum. All rights reserved · Contact London Drum · Privacy policy / Terms of use / Cookies

By category

By day

By month

By venue

Find events

Custom dates

London Pass

Save some money with London Pass Cheap entry into London attractions

London Pass

Learn more about London Pass

> Save moneyFree or discounted entry into top attractions

> Save timeJump the longest queues with Fast Track entry

Oyster card

Get an Oyster for the cheapest fares The easiest way to travel in London

Oyster card

Learn more about Oyster cardsBuy an Oyster card

> Save moneyGet the cheapest fares on London transport

> Easy to usePay as you go credit on the buses, boats and underground trains

London blog

Read our review:
City Hall

City Hall is where the Mayor of London works. I'm always a bit wary about coming in here. If truth be told I'm more scar… more

Read our review:
Hay's Galleria

The most interesting thing about Hay's Galleria is what you can no longer see: the dock. It's just a posh shopping arcad… more

Read our review:
All Hallows by the Tower

If you've ever prayed to God for protection then don't bother. Visit All Hallows by the Tower and witness the destructio… more