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:

SUNDAYS

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

For more information call 020 7881 5214 or email chapeladministrator@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

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