The London Spirituality Centre offers resources for well-being and supports those who seek to live a wholehearted life. Drawing upon ancient Christian wisdom and contemporary psychological insight, the Centre offers training and development opportunities for individuals and groups including two formation courses for spiritual directors, supervision groups and a wide variety of workshops.
The London Spirituality Centre
The Church of St Edmund the King
London EC3V 9EA
Tel: 020 7621 1391
A brief history of the building
The first church on the site, founded around 900 AD and dedicated to Edmund, King of East Anglia, was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The present building, attributed to Sir Christopher Wren and his colleague Dr Robert Hooke, was erected between 1670 and 1679. There is some excellent 17th century woodwork, particularly the pulpit, stalls and lectern.
The Church was restored and re-ordered in 1864 and the architect, George Butterfield, was congratulated for successfully creating the atmosphere of a gentleman’s drawing room. However, it became the most badly damaged City church during World War I through a direct hit at 10am on 7th July 1917 in the first raid by Gotha bombers that replaced the earlier Zeppelins. Remnants of the bomb are encased and on display beneath the altar with words from St Teresa of Avila. The Rev. Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy, nicknamed ‘Woodbine Willie’, was rector here from 1921-29. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in WWI but is better known for his poetry drawn from his experiences in the trenches.
The Church of England
The Church of St Edmund the King is part of the City Deanery in the Diocese of London within the Church of England. Please follow the links for more information:
Events and Venue Hire
We permit a limited number of charitable, corporate and private events to take place. If you are interested, please follow this link and contact us for more information.