St Etheldreda’s is one of London’s hidden gems, a beautiful and historic building and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in England. Mass is celebrated in English at 1 pm every weekday (with very rare exceptions) and at 9 am each Sunday. There is a sung Latin Mass (novus ordo) at 11 am each Sunday and a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6 pm on the first Friday of the month. St Etheldreda’s boasts a fine musical tradition, and is available for weddings and baptisms.
Going from the busy, hi-tech newsroom to this ancient place is like a screeching hand-brake turn in your day.
To listen to an audio guide to St Etheldreda’s by journalist and broadcaster Julie Etchingham, click here and select ‘Julie Etchingham’ from the menu.
Monday to Saturday: 8am-5pm
Bank holidays: church closed.
St Etheldreda’s is situated in Ely Place, a historic gated road off Holborn Circus in Central London. There is some on-street parking in Ely Place, but it gets busy in the weekdays. St Etheldreda’s is in the Congestion Charge Zone, which operates 7am-6pm on weekdays only.
The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central Line) and Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines). Overground trains arrive into Farringdon and City Thameslink.
Buses 8, N8, 25, 242, 390, 521 all stop nearby on High Holborn, and the 63 on Farringdon Road.
To plan your journey using public transport, try TFL’s Journey Planner.