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We are a central London Anglican church in the modern, liberal catholic tradition, with very strong local community connections.


We believe that God is found in predictable and unexpected places in the life of the city, and our worship and life seeks to reflect this.


Our two churches - St John's opposite Waterloo Station and St Andrew's near the Young Vic theatre - have at their heart daily worship.  Our main service - a Parish Eucharist using Common Worship - is at 10.30am on Sundays at St John's.  


Along with our regular, diverse congregation, we warmly welcome visitors, and our proximity to King’s College and the LSE means we also aim to offer a broad-based home church for students currently in London.


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We’re open for worship at St Andrew's, Short Street, SE1 8LJ and online. We have a lot going on and you are welcome to visit us!


St John's is temporarily closed while a major £5 million restoration takes place. When St John’s reopens in spring 2022, we shall be far better able to fulfil our pledge, rooted in our faith, to be here for everyone who needs us, physically and spiritually, a place of contemplation, sanctuary, and enrichment. Read more about the restoration here

In the meantime, we are based at our sister church, St Andrew’s Short Street, SE1 8LJ, (just off The Cut). Services are taking place there, our arts programme and our Waterloo Well community projects are  being run from there. As always, anyone particularly in need of hope or support can contact our priest giles@stjohnswaterloo.org 

Our new phone system is online, you can contact us on 0207 633 9819 

Please get in touch via our Contact page to find the relevant email addresses.



We’re looking forward to keeping you up-to-date with the restoration project and being still very much here for you over the months ahead.

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When St John’s reopens next spring, we shall have beautiful new spaces for hire. The nave will be one of the best concert, conference and banqueting venues on the South Bank and the Old Crypt will be a magical setting for special occasions. We’ll also have meeting, office and rehearsal rooms at affordable rates. Contact us now for more details or to arrange a special on-site tour. 

We are no longer hosting a Testing Centre for Lambeth. Full details about current locations are here.    

Here for you - ReIGNITING the Festival Church.

St John’s, the church on the roundabout at Waterloo, is committed to being here for you.

Full details about our refurbishment project, ReIGNITE are here - including how to support us in raising the last £150k we need to reach our target of £5m.

THANK YOU to all who have supported us so far. 


We were built in 1824 for Waterloo's working people. We were rebuilt as the church of the Festival of Britain in 1951: a beacon of hope and resilience. Today more than ever, we're responding to the needs of those around us, finding new ways of bringing hope and new ways to serve.

Here for worship

St John's broad-church approach to worship attracts a diverse congregation and we celebrate a growing reputation as one of the most inclusive churches in London. Everyone is welcome. Join us on Sundays or every day for Morning Prayer, in person or online. (Read more)

Here for wellbeing

Waterloo Well is our response to Covid-19. It's a development programme of therapy, counselling, creative activities, employment and resilience training for homeless people, young people and other local people for whom life's challenges are now even more acute (Read more here)

Here for work

Our employment and resilience programme provides practical advice, connections to job opportunities and mentors. We stick with our students for the long run, helping them thrive on the  journey ahead (Read more)

Here for creativity

St John's is a well-known music venue and runs the annual Waterloo Festival. Now we're building a year-round programme co-curated by artists and performers with our diverse local neighbourhood. We make creative communities as well as making art (Read more)

Here for the future

We're fundraising for a major restoration of our crypt starting in summer 2021, so that our historic building can be of full use to the community for the century ahead (Read more)

Here for everyone

Our charitable activities such as Waterloo Well and Here for Work are run by The Bridge at Waterloo, a non-religious social enterprise that is here for everyone. It also runs the Venue Hire from which we derive  our income


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The parish of Waterloo: St John w St Andrew is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Southwark’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.



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Look at how we can approach the challenges we face with Duncan. Learn about Giles’ vision for the future and the First Hundred Days committee’s ideas for celebrating our return to St.John’s. Looking for a book to read in 2022? No problem. Georgie’s review should spur you on. Finally in Parish Roundup find out what we have done and what we will be doing.

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