The Royal Hospital Carol Service will be broadcast live on YouTube on Sunday 19th December at 15:00

The Chapel reopened to the public on Sunday 1st August 2021.

Upon arrival, please expect to be directed to approach the Chapel via the gravel on the North Front and not to access any other part of the site. The Colonnade, Ranelagh Gardens and the Coffee Shop remain closed and for the time being we ask you not to attend Governor’s Parade ahead of the Service.

We encourage you to sanitise your hands and, if you wish, you may wear masks. Please maintain a sensible distance from others in the Chapel.

Wren Chapel services:


  • 09:00 Holy Communion 
  • 11:00 Choral Matins

Christmas 2021

Sunday morning services at 09:00 and 11:00 continue as normal in December 

(no services on Sunday 26th December)

With regret the Royal Hospital has announced the following special services are now only for the Chelsea Pensioners and staff:

  • Carol Service Sunday 19th December at 1500
  • Christmas Eve at 18:00
  • Christmas Day at 11:00

Members of the congregation, local residents and other visitors will now not be able to access the Royal Hospital on these occasions. The ongoing Covid situation has brought this decision about. We know all will be most disappointed but trust you will understand this decision.

You will be able to live stream our carol service on Sunday 19th December at 15:00.

We look forward to welcoming you back and meeting new worshippers in January 2022.

For more information call 020 7881 5214 or email

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Stirring of the Christmas Pudding Ceremony 2021
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